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BabyDrive Verdict

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The 2020 BMW X1 is the classic ‘little black dress' of cars! The exterior is stylish and simple and it's a good looking car.


Inside I was a little surprised by the simplicity of the interior and the black plastic dash made it feel functional.

The X1 has a good media system with Apple CarPlay.

The system is easy to navigate by swiping the touch screen or you can use the rotary dial down in the central console.

The reversing camera image is fantastic, it is crystal clear and makes reversing and manoeuvring simple.

Storage is quite good throughout the 2020 BMW X1, in the front, there are cup holders, cordless phone charger and good size glove box and door bins.

In the back, map pockets, cup holders and good size door bins too.

There are aircon vents for the rear passengers too which is great travelling with little passengers.

This little five-seater SUV has ISOFix in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three. Two of them are labelled but there are also four other tether points on the back of the seats with no clear labelling as to what they are for and I am sure some people would be rightfully confused by this.

I just managed to squeeze three forward-facing child seats across the back row of the 2020 BMW X1…

…but it was easier to fit a combination of two forward-facing and one rear-facing. With a rear-facing child seat in the second-row, we could fit a 180cm driver in front.

The boot floor of the 2020 BMW X1 folds back, so you can either use the underfloor storage and then put the boot floor back down.

Or you can keep it folded back for deeper boot space.

When it's empty the boot will hold eleven shopping bags. That is one more than the Audi Q2 and one less than the Volvo XC40.

All types of stroller and pram fitted in the boot with the boot floor in the raised position and with a little food shop!

One of the great features in the 2020 BMW X1 is the Auto engine cut out button is right next to the start button, so it is easy to remember to turn it off at the beginning of a journey if you don't want your little ones disturbed.

Also, lane departure warning is vibration, not a noise which is fantastic for not waking our sleeping babies!

The 2020 BMW X1 was given a five-star ANCAP Safety Rating in 2015.

Six airbags come as standard in the BMW X1 SUV.



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  1. hello, i just got the bmw x1 but i am having trouble finding the latches in the middle seat.. do you know how to attach a car seat with the latches in the middle?

    • Hi Jason, there are only ISOFix in the two outer seats, if by latches you mean ISOFix connectors? Or if it is for the top tether strap to connect to, then there are top tether anchorages for all three rear seats, they are on the seatbacks. The central one is not labelled but you will see where the outer two are for guidance.
      It will also show you in your specific car manual. 🙂

  2. Hi,
    Which child seats are those? I’m looking for some slim seats, as we’re expecting our 3rd child in June. I thought it was easier to changed chairs, rather than switch car 😉


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