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BMW X1 review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid engines put the BMW X1 at the front of the small premium SUV pack

The BMW X1 comes with two petrol and two diesel engines. All units are turbocharged, and all emit less than 150g/km of CO2 on the latest WLTP emissions test. Specific CO2 output does depend on what rim size you choose, the larger 19-inch wheels increasing CO2 by up to 3g/km. 

The three-cylinder turbo petrol sDrive18i has claimed economy of 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 125g/km with the manual gearbox and 42.2mpg and 122g/km for the automatic version. Move up to the turbocharged four-cylinder sDrive20i, and economy only dips a little, to 40.9mpg, and emissions rise to 129g/km. This model comes with the eight-speed auto as standard. 

Bar the hybrid version, the diesels are the most efficient models in the X1 range, with the front-wheel drive sDrive18d returning the best economy of 56.5mpg with the six-speed manual or 53.3mpg eight-speed auto fitted. Emissions are 113g/km and 114g/km respectively. Adding xDrive to the 18d sees the figures drop to 51.4mpg and 125g/km for the manual, and 50.4mpg and 12g/km for the auto.

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At the top of the range, the xDrive20d is auto-only and manages 50.4mpg and emissions of 123g/km in SE trim. It's worth noting that BMW quotes the same economy and emissions figures for every trim level, even though higher spec models come with bigger wheels.

BMW claims the xDrive25e will achieve figures of between 134.5mpg and 148.7mpg and CO2 emissions of between 43 and 48 g/km of CO2. 

As an example of how efficient the BMW X1 is, it sits in Benefit-In-Kind tax bands 29 to 32 per cent - slightly lower in tax costs than the Volvo XC40 and on a par with the smaller Mazda CX-3.

Insurance

The BMW X1 falls into insurance groups from 22 to 29, which is similar to rivals. However, BMW could reduce the X1's ranking if it added autonomous emergency braking as standard to the range. At the moment, it's part of the Driving Assistant Plus package which comprises front collision warning, high-beam assistant, traffic jam assist, lane departure warning and speed limit information.

Depreciation

The BMW X1 has residuals around the 46-48 per cent mark, which is a bit behind some rivals. In comparison, the Volvo XC40 is in the 54-56 per cent ballpark, while even BMW's own X2 manages 53-56 per cent.

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  • Name
    sDrive 18i SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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  • Name
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  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
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  • Name
    xDrive 25e Sport 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £37,295
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