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2015 BMW X1 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 BMW X1 was new.


Interior: 6.9

The 2015 BMW X1’s interior features superb materials, a clean layout and an infotainment system that has straightforward menus, reviewers agree. However, auto writers also say that the X1 has limited rear-seat legroom. Although the X1’s cargo area is one of the smallest in the class, reviewers appreciate its handy low load floor and under-floor storage compartment.

  • "The 2015 BMW X1's cabin is a mix of sophistication and minimalism." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the X1 is similarly updated with some enhanced materials and additional chrome touches. While modern and luxurious, the overall design doesn't break much new ground given that the X1 was launched about three years ago." -- Left Lane News
  • "Cabin quality in the X1 is typical BMW, meaning clear gauges, sensible ergonomics and solid build and materials quality throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "Where it starts to lose me is with the numerous packages. Like I said, I'd totally pay extra for the paint and maybe even fork over for the heated front seats, but do I not get any lumbar support if I don't opt for the ‘Ultimate’ package?" -- Jalopnik (2013)


There are seats for five in the 2015 BMW X1. Leatherette upholstery is standard, and leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats are available. Auto writers agree that there isn’t much legroom for rear-seat passengers. However, a few note that the seats recline for added space, and most critics write that the X1’s front seats are spacious. Some reviewers point out that the front seats in the base X1 lack lumbar support and could use more side bolstering. Most prefer the upgraded sport seats, which they say are more supportive.

  • "Rear-seat legroom isn't plentiful, but passengers do have the ability to recline for added comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We've found that the base seats in the sDrive28i provide poor lumbar support and lateral bolstering, so we recommend opting for the available sport seats, which solve both of these problems." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, cabin space is ample for front-seat passengers and the cabin is well trimmed, but back-seat riders might find their knees really need the seatback indentations to allow sufficient room." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Interior room for four adults is just fine and the upmarket eight-way adjustable sport seats are one of the best things on the X1 in this trim." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 BMW X1 include automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon surround-sound audio system and navigation.

Reviewers agree that the iDrive infotainment system is generally easy to use and features user-friendly on-screen menus. A few also report that the system quickly responds to user inputs. Some automotive journalists also say that the climate, steering wheel and cruise control buttons are straightforward, but a few others say that some buttons aren’t clearly labeled. 

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  • "BMW's optional iDrive electronics interface might seem complicated before you get used to it, but overall, it works quite well for controlling various audio, navigation and smartphone functions, thanks to its straightforward menu design and fast processing times." -- Edmunds
  • "While we've griped about iDrive in the past, in the X1 some of our testers appreciated that the system was easier to use than the touchscreen-based control schemes found in some rivals. We also liked that this iDrive system responded to user commands more quickly than some earlier iterations of the interface did. There are separate, simple controls for the climate system. Most everything else is within easy reach, but like most BMWs some buttons are marked with cryptic symbols." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "The volume control is on the correct (left) side of the steering wheel; the cruise control is an easy-to-operate stalk." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)


The 2015 BMW X1 has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet with them folded. Those capacities make the X1’s cargo hold one of the smallest in the class. Still, some reviewers note that the X1’s low cargo floor makes it easy to load and unload large items. Test drivers appreciate that the 2015 X1 offers an under-floor storage compartment and rear seats that fold flat. A few also report that there’s a decent amount of interior storage space.

  • “With only 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, its size is more comparable to a hatchback than a small SUV, and you'll have a tough time carrying much luggage on the family vacation." -- Edmunds
  • "To increase space, the seat backs can be folded to create a flat load floor. It's nice and low too, which makes stowing big items relatively easy. There's also an under-floor organizer and two pockets on the side panels to stash smaller items. In-cabin storage isn't bad. There's a small bin in front of the shifter, a console compartment we wish was bigger, and a nice glovebox. We did appreciate the massive door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "Cargo space is decent at between 14.8 and 47.7 cubic feet, but it's the flexibility of the cargo area and the 40:20:40 rear seat backs that steals the show. Space underneath the rear floor is also quite usable and keeps things from flying around back there." -- Autoblog (2013)

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