New BMW X1 extends lead on rivals with brilliant powertrain range

BMW’s X1 was already at the top of its class, but this new model is streets ahead of the competition

BMW iX1 xDrive30: new model has sharp creases and an upright front grille. Picture: Wolfgang Groeger-Meier

The X1 SUV started out as something of a niche model in BMW’s line-up, but over the years it has become a key part of the brand’s range. Now, the time has come for the current X1 to be usurped by a more modern and more high-tech version. This chunky-looking thing is that usurper, and it’s here to cement the X1’s place at the top of the premium compact SUV segment by showing the Mercedes-Benz ...