If you’re looking to upgrade from your BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 family hatchback to an SUV, the BMW X1 is a good choice – it’s still as easy to drive but you get more interior space and a better view of the road ahead.

You also get an exterior look that is premium . You can still add a touch of aggressive styling to the X1 if you go for the M Sport model.

M Sport models also get a slightly sportier interior with a different steering wheel, but even as standard, you’ll notice how the dashboard buttons are angled towards you, the driver. Build quality and material choice are also very good.
What’s guaranteed in the BMW X1 is a good driving position that you can achieve fairly quickly thanks to the broad range of adjustment. You can get optional M Sport seats with bigger side bolsters and even more adjustment.

Moving onto the back seats, you’ll find there’s good space all round even if you can’t quite fit three adults back there. The boot is pretty big, at 505 litres. The square, usable shape of the boot and the many load-securing solutions make the X1 a practical car.