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BMW X1 review - Reliability and safety

Proven platform and electronics, but customers expect more from the X1

The X1 uses the same platform as the MINI Countryman and is shared with the rest of BMW and MINI's front-wheel drive offerings. It's proving reliable so far, although satisfaction with BMW as a whole isn't great. The company finished a disappointing 27th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while the X1 itself was 58th out of 75 cars. Customers didn't rate front seat comfort highly, nor expensive list prices and running costs.

Although the X1 scored a full five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash tests in 2015, autonomous braking isn’t fitted as standard. The optional Driving Assistant Plus pack also adds a lane departure warning and active cruise control, so while six airbags and the usual stability control systems are all included, the X1 isn't quite as safety conscious as rivals such as the Volvo XC40. The X1 tested was an sDrive18d, which received 90% for adult occupant and 87% for child occupant safety.

Warranty

As with the rest of the BMW range, the X1 is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, the latter feature giving BMW something different from rivals which put a 60,000-mile cap on their warranty cover. The X1 also gets breakdown cover for the same period of time.

Servicing

BMW uses a condition-based service schedule, which sees on-board computers monitor all aspects of the car's running gear and alerts you about when a service is due via the dashboard display.

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Owners can monitor wear and tear on their car by accessing a sub-menu within the iDrive system. This will show how the mechanical components are wearing, with anticipated mileage before replacement parts are needed.

In conjunction with this system, BMW offers its Service Inclusive pre-payment maintenance plan. This covers the X1 for three years or 60,000 miles, and is currently priced at around £300 for this model. This covers all condition-based services, and also includes MoT protection, so if the X1 fails its first MoT test, BMW will repair the issues so that it passes.

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