BMW X1 (2015-present): dimensions and boot space

All the key measurements that you need to know for the BMW X1, including its length, width, height, weight and towing capability

Matt Rigby
Mar 29, 2022

As a small family SUV with a premium badge, the BMW X1 is a car with a broad range of appeal. It combines an on-road footprint similar to that of a family hatchback such as the Volkswagen Golf, with some of the glamorous style and higher driving position of a larger luxury SUV. What’s more, although small SUVs are generally a little more expensive to run than regular family hatchbacks, they’re certainly more fuel-efficient than full-size SUVs.

This version of the BMW X1 has been on sale since 2015, and received a significant design update in 2019. It shares a lot of its mechanical components with the Mini Countryman and is a rival for cars like the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40.

There is a choice in some versions between four-wheel-drive (badged xDrive) and more fuel-efficient but less surefooted front-wheel-drive (sDrive), and you can have a six-speed manual or six- and eight-speed automatic gearboxes, depending upon the engine fitted.

Engine options include a variety of turbocharged petrol and diesel choices, with the 150hp 18d being the most popular diesel, with impressive claimed fuel economy of 55mpg. Petrol choices include the three-cylinder, 1.5-litre 136hp 18i (which can achieve 45.6mpg) and the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, 43.5mpg 20i with 192hp.

In 2019, a plug-in hybrid joined the lineup, with 220hp and an electric range of 35 miles per charge, and badged as the xDrive25e.

The interior of the X1 is flexible and spacious, with one of the largest boots for this type of car and plenty of room for passengers both in the front and rear seats.

As far as SUVs go, you sit quite low in the driver’s seat of the X1, giving it quite a car-like feel from behind the wheel. If you want a more lofty-feeling driving position, a Range Rover Evoque or Volvo XC40 might be more to your taste.

The X1 isn’t cheap, being priced as a premium car and therefore a fair bit more expensive than more mainstream models such as the Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai, but it is very well equipped. Even the most basic SE trim level gets dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, cruise control, alloy wheels and an electric tailgate.

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BMW X1 dimensions

The BMW X1 is 4,447mm long, 1,821mm wide (increasing to a touch more than 2 metres once you add in the door mirrors) and 1,621mm tall. This makes it pretty much the same size, to within a few millimetres, as its closest rivals. It is a few centimetres lower than the XC40 and the Evoque, though, which makes it feel slightly sporty, but doesn’t compromise interior space.

And while it’s taller than the average family hatchback, it’s broadly similar in terms of length and width, so if you’re used to driving something like a Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus, the X1 will feel pretty familiar and easy to get used to.

Also, with standard all-round parking sensors, and a reversing camera an option on some models, it’s dead easy to handle awkward parking spaces and busy car parks in the X1.

DimensionsLengthWidthHeight
BMW X14,447mm1,821mm1,621mm

BMW X1 boot space

BMW X1 boot view

The BMW X1 can hold 505 litres worth of luggage in its boot. That makes it one of the roomiest in its class, beating the Ford Kuga’s 475-litre boot and the Volvo XC40’s 460-litre capacity. The Audi Q3 does offer more space, however, at 530 litres.

The X1 is roomier in terms of its boot (to the tune of 5 litres) than the BMW 3 Series Touring estate car, however, and is much more spacious than a typical family hatchback - the VW Golf, for example, can only muster 380 litres of luggage space. Fold the rear seats down and you get 1550 litres of carrying capacity.

However, not all BMW X1s have the same size boot. The plug-in hybrid xDrive25e loses 55 litres of boot room compared with the standard car, leaving it with 450 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place. Considering this is barely any smaller than the Volvo XC40's boot, this is still a reasonable size, though you'll want to avoid the plug-in hybrid if having the largest possible boot is a key element for you.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
BMW X1505 litres1,550 litres
BMW X1 xDrive25e450 litres1,470litres

 

BMW X1 towing capacity

The non-hybrid versions of the BMW X1 can tow anything between 1,700kg and 2,000kg, which is a reasonable amount for this size and type of car. If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly electric towing, however, beware; the plug-in hybrid X1 xDrive25e is only rated to tow a weight of 750kg on a braked trailer. This means that it's not a very practical tow car and you can expect the distance you can travel on one charge to fall notably if you tow anything, too.

If you’re considering an X1 for towing duties, it might be a good idea to look into the xDrive four-wheel-drive models rather than the two-wheel-drive cars, as the extra traction they provide when pulling away is useful for hauling horseboxes or caravans out of muddy fields or over other slippery surfaces.

BMW X1 weight

BMW X1 rear view

The best way to measure the weight of a car is to look at its kerb weight. This is the weight of the car itself, plus fluids, a tank of fuel and 75kg added on to represent the weight of a driver and a little bit of luggage.

In the case of the BMW X1, its weight ranges from 1,405kg for a two-wheel-drive sDrive18i SE up to 1,745kg for a four-wheel-drive xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model. Go for a two-wheel-drive model and this is one of the lighter cars of this type, though the additional battery pack and motors mean that the plug-in hybrid is pretty weighty for this size of car.

WeightKerbweight
BMW X11,405kg - 1,695kg
BMW X1 xDrive25e1,745kg

 

 

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