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BMW X1 review - Reliability and safety

The X1 is a very safe car to drive, while BMW has a good overall reputation for reliability

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

3.9 out of 5

Price
£34,870 to £52,260
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Industry safety body Euro NCAP awarded the X1 a top five-star rating in 2022. Impressive scores in the individual categories mean buyers should feel reassured when considering the X1 – particularly as their next family car

Adult and child occupant safety was rated at 86 and 89 per cent respectively, while BMW’s commitment to increased technology in the X1 was reflected by its 92 per cent rating for safety assist systems. All models come with a forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, speed-limit assist and a reversing camera, while options include lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

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The X1 didn’t make an appearance in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the BMW brand was well represented with the 1 Series, i3, 3 Series and 5 Series all in the 75-car list. BMW itself is still struggling to move up our best manufacturer rankings, with a 21st-place finish out of 32 brands.

Warranty

BMW offers a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty for the X1, which also includes a three-year subscription to the BMW Emergency breakdown service. This is better than the 60,000-mile limit provided by Audi. BMW’s paintwork warranty lasts for three years, while its anti-corrosion warranty covers 12 years.

Buyers can extend their BMW warranty after the three-year period with further plans offered at extra cost – either via monthly or annual payments.

Servicing

The BMW Service Inclusive plan allows buyers to make a one-off up-front payment which covers servicing costs for at least four years from the date of their car’s first registration. For X1 models this amount is around £911. Alternatively, you can opt for a monthly payment plan to help spread the cost of scheduled maintenance.

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