The X1 might be the smallest X model in BMW’s range, but you certainly don’t feel short-changed, either with the interior quality (which is fab), or with the amount of space on offer. There’s plenty of head- and legroom for the driver and front passenger, while there’s also height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel and height-adjustment for the front seats (although these still feel a little high even in their lowest position). In the back, there’s enough space for a six-foot tall adult to sit behind another.
The boot is a respectable 505 litres (rising to 1550 litres with the rear seats down), which is smaller than in an Audi Q3 but bigger than a Volvo XC40
. The rear bench can also slide to balance your requirements between rear legroom and boot space.
Out on the road, the X1 is comfortable enough and quiet enough, with road- and wind noise being kept pretty minimal. Bear in mind, though, that the ride quality on the larger optional 19-inch wheels, and in the stiffer M Sport versions, can be a bit fidgety on bumpier roads. There’s not too much body roll in corners, while the steering is nice and direct.