BMW X1 Review from Australia and New Zealand

2012 BMW X1 sDrive 2.0d 2.0 turbo diesel

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance9000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series


Good, but needs attention in some areas


The auto transmission had to be re-programmed soon after delivery, as it was shunting badly when the car slowed down for stops.

There is now a squeak developing on the driver's side rear door when opening/closing, and a minor rattle coming from somewhere around the front passenger door or dash.

General Comments:

Nice, handy size, adequately roomy.

Decent fuel economy, good performance: economy balance.

Down sides are a gruff engine note under fierce acceleration, a knobbly ride on the run-flat tyres (BMW, when are you going to get this right, as you've had so many years trying to now?) and interior plastics that would disgrace low end economy cars, let along one wearing the blue and white roundel badge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2012

23rd May 2014, 03:42

Good comments on the interior being a bit cheap and plastic filled thanks. I've been searching for some honest opinions on this for a few days now.

I have been reading round a lot of different reviews on the BMW X1 to see if it's the car for me (actually found this site via a Wikipedia link so you guys are doing something right).

One site was pretty clear cut about all of the cars in the "X" series but they were a bit more unclear as to the specific quality of the X1's interior, simply saying "crossovers from BMW are supposed to be premium cars so this 'adequate'€™ interior may not be enough".

Another review also backs up your point, but is again a little unclear on specifics citing "many reviews criticise the quality of the interior materials as well, which are lower than the 3-Series".

A good help, thanks for your time!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review