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2017 BMW X1 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW X1 was new.


Interior: 8.3

The 2017 BMW X1 might have the nicest cabin of any luxury subcompact SUV. You'll immediately notice the excellent quality throughout the interior, and the cabin design delivers both form and function. Both rows of seats are spacious and supportive, and the driver has good outward visibility.

Though it doesn't come standard with any active safety features, the X1 is available with several driver assistance options. The iDrive infotainment system controls most of the audio and climate functions, and it's well-placed on the dash and is easy to use. The X1 has the highest cargo capacity in the class by a wide margin.

  • "Older BMW X1s have a fairly plain interior design, but the current model has one of the most elegant cabins in the price range. The dash looks and feels expensive, combining BMW's classic analog gauges with modern technology and high-quality materials, but you'll need to pony up extra for the larger 8.8-inch display to enjoy the full effect." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is nicely appointed with high-quality materials." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • "The redesigned interior is a welcome change in the second-gen X1, with more expensive-feeling materials in the cabin and plenty of standard features. Everything is well laid-out and within easy reach -- BMW does not always get this right -- and the seating position is well-matched to outward visibility." -- AutoWeek (2016)


The five-seat X1 comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport seats, a heated steering wheel, sliding and reclining rear seats, and power-folding rear seats.

The X1's front seats have ample space, and they sit high, giving the driver a good view of the road ahead. The rear seats have plenty of room even when the front seats are pushed back as far as possible. Passengers in the back will also find the seats provide good support and remain comfortable on long trips.

If you have small children, you'll be glad to hear that the X1 features two full sets of LATCH connectors. They're easy to find and reach, but there's not a great range of motion, so it may still require some effort to install a car seat.

  • "With the new X1, the rear passengers travel in comfort even when the front seats are pushed way back. For their part, the driver and front passenger sit higher than before. That's not what you're looking for on a racetrack, but it is rather welcome in the everyday commute that this kind of car is typically used for." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "BMW now claims it has the biggest cabin in its class. Rear-seat passengers benefit most from this, enjoying plenty of space in every direction, a supportive rear bench seat (for outboard occupants, at least) and the impression that the X1 provides more than acceptable accommodation for a long trip. All occupants sit higher, too, as the seats in the front are an inch higher than before, while the rear seats are more than 2.5 inches higher than before." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 2016 X1 also has a seating position more akin to a utility vehicle's. The driver and front passenger sit more than an inch higher than in the outgoing model, which felt very much like a car from the driver's seat. The rear seats have been raised more than 2.5 inches. This new seat height gives a more commanding view of the road, one of the things buyers love about crossovers." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the X1 include push-button start, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen.

Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, a head-up display, and forward collision warning with pedestrian warning. An upgraded iDrive system, with an 8.8-inch display, navigation, and a touchpad controller, is also available.

The dashboard controls are easy for the driver to reach, and the upgraded iDrive infotainment system draws praise for its user-friendliness. The touchpad lets you write out letters and numbers with your finger, making it easier to put addresses into the navigation system or search for nearby attractions, and the intuitive menus are easy to navigate.

While the X1 offers features like a panoramic sunroof and a Harman Kardon audio system that delivers excellent sound quality, it also lacks some features found in class rivals. For instance, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are both available with an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot, which is not an option in the X1.

The X1 is also the only vehicle in the class that doesn't come standard with any driver assistance features. It does offer several, however, including front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

See 2017 BMW X1 specs and trims »

  • "BMW's iDrive technology interface continues to improve with each iteration. It's easy to use, with an integrated touchpad on the main control dial that lets you scrawl text and number inputs with your fingertip. The menu structure is straightforward, and processing times are fast, helping minimize distraction." -- Edmunds
  • "The well-executed dashboard resembles those of larger BMW models, and the controls are within easy reach." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "In the new dashboard, just above the new asymmetrical center console, is a new generation of BMW's iDrive infotainment, which is to say that's it's the same software that we've grown to love, but with snappier hardware underpinning it. … I did note that the system was responsive when clicking and scrolling around the various functions, and the iDrive controller feels intuitive and is an easy reach in its position on the center console." -- CNET (2016)


The X1's cargo capacity far exceeds that of any class rival. It provides 27.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 58.7 cubic feet with them folded down. The standard power liftgate lets you open the hatch with the touch of a button, and the available hands-free liftgate lets you open the liftgate even if your hands are full by waving your foot under the bumper with the key fob on your person.

Split-folding rear seats give you some flexibility when trying to configure cargo, and the available sliding rear seats give you even more options when transporting luggage.

  • "Cargo space has increased by about 2 cubic feet for a total of 58.7 cubic feet with the seats down. Those rear seats are split 40/20/40 for maximum flexibility and there is a power-folding option for those who want to drop them with the push of a button." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "There's an available sliding/reclining rear seat that seems like a no-brainer choice; for $350 extra, it lets you reposition the seat bottom about five inches fore and aft to make more space for people or cargo, and the 60/40-split sections move independently for when you have a combo of persons and things to take to a place." -- Autoblog (2016)
  • "Its cabin has more room for people than the Audi Q3, and to boot, there's more boot space for cargo out back. In a three-way comparison with the Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the X1 is the most spacious." -- CNET (2016)

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