BMW iX1 review: reliability & safety rating
There’s no Euro NCAP crash-safety score just yet, but BMW’s history with electric cars bodes well for reliability
In 2022 the petrol and diesel-powered versions of the latest BMW X1 received the full five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, and scored 86% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child occupant protection, and 92% in the safety assistance category. This rating does not apply to the iX1 for some reason, however, we expect the fully electric SUV will match or potentially outperform its combustion-engined counterparts when it's put through Euro NCAP’s battery of crash tests soon.
BMW iX1 reliability & problems
As the BMW iX1 – and the X1 on which it’s based – only just arrived, we can’t judge its long-term reliability until owners have started covering some miles in them. But considering BMW’s first electric car, the i3 city car, was on sale for nearly a decade without major issues to speak of, the Bavarian carmaker knows how to build a reliable EV.
In terms of customer satisfaction, in the 2023 Driver Power owner survey BMW ranked 21st out of 32 brands, just ahead of key competitors Mercedes (25th) and Audi (30th). Meanwhile, that aforementioned i3 finished an impressive 13th on the list of the 75 best new cars to own – almost a decade after it first launched.
As we mentioned, the iX1 hasn’t received a Euro NCAP crash safety rating just yet, but we expect it’ll get the same five-star rating as regular X1. Every iX1 is equipped with a reversing camera, ‘attentiveness assistant’ that analyses the driver’s behaviour and can suggest if it thinks you need to take a break, and BMW’s ‘active guard’ system which incorporates lane departure warning and front collision warning with brake intervention. The iX1 also produces an ‘eDrive exterior sound’ at low speeds to make pedestrians aware of your presence.
If you opt for BMW’s ‘Driving Assistant Professional’, the iX1 receives adaptive cruise control, cross-traffic warning, lane change warning, rear collision prevention, and steering and lane control assistant.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW iX1 is powerful, refined and practical. It’s expensive, but it’s also more fun and engaging to drive than its closest rivals
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe iX1 fails to crack the 300-mile barrier so many of its rivals manage with relative ease, but rapid charging speeds are competitive at least
- 3Running costs & insuranceRock-bottom company-car tax and comprehensive servicing packs count in the electric X1’s favour here
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe iX1 is fun to drive, engaging and powerful, though the ride is a little firm for our tastes
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentExcellent interior quality and technology help justify the iX1’s price tag, but it’s a shame BMW’s faithful iDrive controller is absent
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe fully electric iX1 is just almost as roomy as a petrol or diesel-powered X1, and boasts more boot space than most of its key rivals
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThere’s no Euro NCAP crash-safety score just yet, but BMW’s history with electric cars bodes well for reliability