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BMW iX1 (2022 – present) | Expert Rating

BMW iX1 (2022 – present) | Expert Rating


The BMW iX1 is a compact all-electric SUV and the new lead-in model in BMW’s electrified ‘i’ family, which became available to order in the UK in Autumn 2022.

Built on the same basic platform as the current BMW 1 Series, many British reviewers have highlighted the iX1 as the best choice in the new third-generation X1 SUV range – praised for its pace and acceleration, as well as its spacious upmarket interior that is fitted with the brand’s latest user-friendly on-board tech.

“The BMW iX1 is perhaps the ultimate electric family SUV”, Heycar comments, pointing to the car’s “sharp” exterior looks and “stunning” interior design. Despite being the smallest SUV in BMW’s line-up, Carbuyer says that the iX1 is “surprisingly roomy”, with “enough space between the seats that kids might not be able to kick your seatbacks.”

Driving Electric adds that the BMW has more boot space than bigger alternatives like the Nissan Ariya and Toyota bZ4X, but warns buyers that the iX1’s pricing is certainly steep. The electric SUV’s closest upmarket competitors are the Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQA, which are several thousand pounds cheaper and come with longer battery ranges.

As of October 2022, the BMW iX1 holds an Expert Rating of 78%, based on 11 reviews published by the British motoring media. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see many more new and updated reviews published in coming months once the car reaches the UK, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

BMW iX1 highlights

  • Sharp performance
  • Spacious and well-equipped cabin
  • Quiet and easy to drive
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Low running costs

BMW iX1 lowlights

  • Rather firm ride comfort
  • Heavy weight can be felt in the corners
  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Only one powertrain on offer
  • So-so battery range

Key specifications

Body style: Small SUV
electric, battery-powered
From £52,255 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

No safety rating

As of October 2022, the BMW iX1 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of October 2022, the BMW iX1 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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The BMW iX1 is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the SUV to generate a reliability rating as of yet.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the iX1, we’ll publish the score here.

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