The BMW X1 is available with a choice of 3 diesel engines, all three are 2.0 litre displacements – there is the 18d with 141bhp, the 20d with 175 bhp and the 23d with 201bhp. The 23d is very quick and has a lot of low end grunt; the 20d provides the best of both performance and economy.
The 18d and 20d come as standard with a six speed manual gearbox, the 20d has the option of the six speed auto box and the 23d comes as standard with the six speed auto box.
As it is a sports utility vehicle the X1 does have a firm suspension set up, which might not be to all tastes but it means the handling on the X1 is equal to that of a hot hatch.
The four wheel drive versions offer amazing grip, all models have a very communicative steering providing a good feel for the road and steering.
Like its platform sharing 3 series the X1 does a brilliant job of keeping out road and wind noise, the 20d’s engine can be a bit noisy unlike its equivalent in the 3 series. Like all BMWs the interior feels very well put together with high end plastics and other materials.