Used car check: BMW X1 – a small spot blurs the image

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BMW X1 – a small spot spoils the image

Unlike its predecessor, the BMW X1 (F48) is a true SUV and also the first of its kind, which not only offered more interior space with a transversely installed engine, but was also available as a pure front-wheel drive vehicle. The Bavarian makes a good impression at the TÜV. Apart from a small flaw.

The new BMW X1 will start in the fall, a good opportunity to tackle the current second generation SUV as an option for a used car. The compact model, available since 2015, is well represented on well-known online exchanges. The question remains what opinion the TÜV examiners have for the first X1 on a front-wheel drive platform.

Visually, the BMW X1 (F48) is a true SUV heavily based on the X5.

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While the first X1 was visually somewhere between a station wagon and an SUV, the current one is clearly an SUV. It looks like a Mini-Me from the X5. Unlike the first generation, which had the Series 3 Touring as a gene donor, the X1 (type F48) shares the base with the Series 2 Active Tourer. The modified technical layout, even with the engine installed transversely, means that the SUV generates much more space for the occupants than its predecessor, despite its slightly reduced dimensions (4.44 meters in length).

The trunk volume is also impressive. Normally the trunk holds 500 liters, but if you fold down the rear seat backrests, this increases to 1550 liters. If you buy a used model with a sliding rear seat, you can choose between more knee room or luggage space. The interior is typically BMW, whether decent or classy depends on the willingness of the first buyer to invest in extras subject to a surcharge. In 2019, the X1 received a subtle makeover; you can see it in the modified radiator grille with a larger kidney, since then LED lights have been standard.

Petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid


The trunk of the X1 (F48) swallows between 500 and 1550 liters.

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There are only three and four cylinders with displacement of 1.5 and 2.0 liters and a power range from 116 hp to 231 hp. To make the distinction easier, the front-wheel drive models are called sDrive, the all-wheel drive ones xDrive. The entry-level petrol engine is a 136hp three-cylinder with front-wheel drive (18i), the 192hp four-cylinder (20i) is also available with all-wheel drive. The standard consumption figures can be read well on paper: BMW specifies between 5.1 liters for the s Drive 18i and 6.7 liters for the xDrive 20i. The smallest diesel (18d) has 150hp, the 20d has 190hp. Both are also available as xDrive. The top model is the xDrive25d with 231 hp. According to the manufacturer, the standard consumption varies between 4.1 and 5.2 liters.

Since the beginning of 2020, the X1 is also available as a plug-in hybrid (xDrive25e) in combination with a 125hp three-cylinder and a 95hp electric motor. The power of the system is 220 hp. According to the data sheet, a purely electric range of almost 50 kilometers is possible.

The only difficulty is the emissions test


The BMW X1 (F48) offers a lot of potential for special equipment.

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The basic equipment, offered at market launch at around 30,000 euros, includes, among other things, a 6.5-inch color display, air conditioning, hands-free system, leather steering wheel and some assistance systems. There was plenty of room for extras like the large infotainment system, navigation, head-up display or remote cruise control. The LED also had to be ordered with a supplement until the restyling. The very extensive 70-page list also included an electric tailgate, larger wheels than standard 17-inch tires and many assistants. In 2015, the X1 passed the EuroNCAP crash test with five stars.

In major TÜV inspections, the X1 showed few weaknesses, but with 92.4 percent of two- or three-year vehicles and 87.5 percent of four- or five-year vehicles without defects, it was slightly worse than average of the cars examined (92.5 percent and 87.6 percent). This certainly does not match the premium prices and buyers’ expectations. The predecessor does a little better here. As for the chassis, a typical SUV weakness, TÜV inspectors have nothing to complain about with the Type48. The brakes and brake system are also inconspicuous. You need to take a closer look at the exhaust system, many test samples fail the exhaust gas test.

Conclusion: The BMW X1 offers plenty of space for luggage and passengers and is also suitable as a family vehicle. If you’re looking for a used copy, you still need to dig deep into your pockets. For older models with rather high mileage around 15,000 euros are still due.

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