BMW X1 Motability Car frontThe new BMW X1 is based on same platform as the 2 Series Active Tourer and is therefore primarily front wheel drive (S-Drive) or intelligent all wheel drive (X-Drive) where it is driven by the front wheels but will add drive to all four if the conditions necessitate. This new X1 is 53mm higher and 23mm wider and while it is 36mm shorter it offers much more space, particularly for rear passengers who enjoy 66mm more legroom and the boot has increased by 85 litres to 505 and with the rear seats down the space increases to 1,550 litres. This extra space has been created by turning the engine through 90 degrees and moving the A-pillar forward by 150mm, leading the new X1 to appear more like a smaller X5 than the previous model that had more of a jacked up estate car look.


BMW X1 Motability Car sideTrim levels range from the basic SE to Sport and xLine (top-spec M Sport is not represented on the Scheme). All cars come with sat-nav, 17inch alloy wheels, bluetooth audio, DAB radio, start/stop button with keyless start and a power-assisted tailgate. Sport models get racier details like 18 inch alloy wheels and contrasting stitching, while xLine cars add leather and a set of LED headlights. The optional extras list is long and ticking boxes can quickly add up, cruise control, which should be standard in a car this class, is £240, sliding rear seats £195, panoramic glass roof £945 and Electronic Damper Control at £390.


BMW X1 Motability Car Dashboard

The engine choice this Quarter is confusing, The only Manual car on offer is the front wheel drive 18i, the new 1.5 three cylinder petrol with 138 bhp, 0-62 mph in 9.6 seconds with combined economy of 51.4 miles per gallon. The Automatic petrol choice is 2 wheel drive only 20i, a 2.0 litre petrol with 190 bhp which can reach 62 mph in 7.4 seconds but the economy is only 44.1 mpg. The 187 bhp 2.0 litre diesel (only avaialble in Sport trim) with claimed economy of 60.1 mpg and a 0-62 time of 7.8 seconds is 4 wheel drive only. BMW are changing their Automatic gearboxes from an 8 speed traditional gearbox to a 7 speed dual clutch auto.

 Winter Best Buy – BMW X1 18i Petrol SE S-Drive Manual  –  £899 Advance Payment (£66.74 +£51 wpms) or £1199 (£114 wpms) in Sport Trim or £1599 (£514 wpms) in X-Line trim

Winter Best Buy – BMW X1 20i Petrol SE S-Drive Automatic  –  £1599 Advance Payment (£514 wpms) or £1849 (£764 wpms) in Sport Trim or £2099 (£1014 wpms) in X-Line trim

 Winter Best Buy – BMW X1 20d Diesel Sport X-Drive (4 wheel drive)  Automatic  –  £2449 Advance Payment (£1364 wpms)