BMW X1 hybrid interior & comfort
You may have to pick a few option packs to get the kit you want, but the BMW X1 plug-in has a comfortable cabin and great infotainment
BMW is known for making cars with logically laid-out, well built interiors; the X1 fits the mold, with good-quality materials throughout, decent ergonomics and a great driving position that can be set up low like a BMW saloon or higher for a more commanding view. The overall design is starting to date when viewed alongside the latest 1 Series and 3 Series, but all-round visibility is good and BMW's excellent infotainment still sits at the top of the class.
BMW X1 hybrid dashboard
Although it shares more with the previous generation of BMW products in terms of overall design, the X1's dashboard is easy to navigate, properly screwed together and topped with a crisp, clear and easy-to-use 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Behind the steering wheel, there's a pair of digitised traditional dials, with the surrounding space used for other car information.
Equipment, options & accessories
The X1 xDrive25e is available in Sport, xLine and M Sport trims, each bringing a slightly higher level of standard equipment. Sport gets cloth seats, gloss-black interior trim, Apple CarPlay, sat nav and BMW's range of Connected eDrive online services, along with 18-inch alloys.
The step up to xLine adds leather seats, extended interior lighting, heated seats, different 18-inch alloys and some extra body cladding, plus anti-dazzle rear-view mirrors and satin aluminium roof rails. M Sport cars get a sportier exterior treatment, including their own alloy-wheel design, plus sports front seats and a wider selection of leather trim options, as well as unique hexagonal aluminium trim inside.
The option packs available across all trim levels are Comfort Pack II, Tech Pack I and Tech Pack II. Comfort Pack II adds electric front seats with driver memory plus a heated steering wheel, while the two Tech Packs add adaptive LED headlights, wireless phone charging, a reversing camera, BMW Navigation Plus and a head-up display.
M Sport models can be bolstered by the M Sport Plus Pack, which adds 19-inch alloys, a Harman/Kardon sound system and sun protection glass. It's worth noting, however, that the M Sport braking and steering systems usually added to the X1 in this pack aren't available on the xDrive25e.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The 10.25-inch infotainment screen mounted on the dashboard can be operated either by touch, voice commands or the handily placed rotary dial in the centre console. Either way, the system is slick and feels very responsive. It's simple to get to grips with and the graphics are particularly impressive, especially when using the detailed maps in the sat nav. Apple CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto has yet to appear on BMWs.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X1 xDrive25e is a plug-in hybrid SUV that's faster and more refined than its non-electrified siblings
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe BMW X1 plug-in hybrid is a match for its closest rivals when it comes to emissions, economy and electric range
- 3Running costsCompany-car users and urban-based private buyers will make the most of the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid
- 4Engines, drive & performanceGood to drive despite its extra weight, the X1 xDrive25e is the pick of the range for refinement and driver enjoyment
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingYou may have to pick a few option packs to get the kit you want, but the BMW X1 plug-in has a comfortable cabin and great infotainment
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe BMW X1 hybrid's good packaging and passenger space hasn't suffered too much from the addition of batteries
- 7Reliability & safetyThe plug-in BMW X1 is safe and should be reliable, but you'll have to pay extra to get all the active safety equipment you'd like