Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.

After reaching the impressive heights of 31st place overall in the 2013 Driver Power survey, the BMW X1 tanked to 100th in 2014 – where it stayed in the 2015 survey. That’s stability, at least. Problems lie in its over-firm ride quality and ease of driving, say owners, though reliability, running costs and performance have all ranked highly for BMW’s smallest SUV over the last three years. That said, the ageing model now ranks as one of the least satisfying SUVs to own.  

Overall average:
4.3735
87.47%
Average score from Driver Power
Relialibity:
4.721
94.42%
Average score from Driver Power
Build Quality:
4.6165
92.33%
Average score from Driver Power
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Absolutley no issues, faults or problems so far. Service pack has given 'cheap' servicing, fuel consumption is greater than expected resulting in higher than expected fuel spend.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have had no problems with it to date. It is what I expect for the type and size of car in and line with the research I did prior to choosing this make and model.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems to date (touch wood :). The new 8 speed auto would have been better - if I had known it was coming when ordering the car in dec 2011.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only problem has been a warranty replacement of sat nav. In 24,000 miles only needed one service at 20,000.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have had no problems so far. Bit heavy on diesel.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No major issues. Very frugal for a 4x4.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems. No costs yet.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems. As expected.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems to date

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5