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The new 2023 BMW X1 is a beautiful five-seater small SUV, especially in this deep green colourway! The previous model X1 is very popular with our BabyDrive family audience so let's find out if this new model is going to be just as practical and popular with our families and put it through our BabyDrive testing…

BabyDrive Verdict

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The interior of the new 2023 BMW X1 is lovely and stylish and minimal with its new central console bridge, brown leather upholstery and wooden accents across the dash.

As well as the new central console bridge, storage is good throughout the 2023 BMW X1 There is a (slightly weird and shrine-like) wireless phone charger in the front, along with a good size glove box and door bins and two cup holders.

In the back, passengers are well catered for with cup holders, net map pockets and good size door bins.

Storage in the boot is fantastic with an enormous underfloor storage area, like in the previous model X1. This is so good for families to have this large hidden area. On holidays etc you can put so much in there!

From empty, the boot of the 2023 BMW X1 will hold twelve shopping bags. That is one more than the previous model X1, two more than the Audi SQ2 and the same as the Volvo XC40 Recharge or PHEV.

2023 BMW X1 boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

A twin side-by-side pram fits nicely in the boot with a bag of shopping.

2023 BMW X1 boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

A single pram fits in the boot with five bags of shopping around it.

2023 BMW X1 boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

Or a medium size dog fits in the boot when you remove the parcel shelf.

2023 BMW X1 boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

The new 2023 BMW X1 has a great media system that does so much including telling you the weather…

… it has built-in sat-nav and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

One of my favourite things is the “Hey BMW” voice controls. You can ask “Hey BMW” to do a lot of things in the car like open the sunroof, make a call, change the air-conditioning temperature and even set the cruise control speed, to name a few.

The cameras are extremely good in the 2023 BMW X1 and you have multiple viewing angles to choose from by simply touching the camera icons on the screen.

You can turn the cameras on and off using a button in the central console, next to the engine start/stop button.

There are USB-C sockets and aircon vents for the rear passengers in the back of the central console box.

The 2023 BMW X1 five-seater SUV has ISOFix in the two outer rear seats…

…and top tether anchorages on the back of all three. They are now clearly labelled so that they are not confused with the other unlabelled bars on the seat backs.

2023 BMW X1 top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

The 2023 BMW X1 feels nice and spacious inside; we travelled most of our time with the car with the Infasecure Achieve More and Aspire More installed in the back and it was very comfortable for our family of four. We also travelled with a passenger between the two child seats.

2023 BMW X1 with one child seat installed in the second row

When it came to installing three child seats I found the 2023 BMW X1 could only fit the Versatile Folding Booster seat between two child seats (the Infasecure Achieve More and Attain More) and there was not enough space for another Attain or Achieve More to fit across the shoulders.

2023 BMW X1 with three child seats installed in the second row

Legroom is good in the New 2023 BMW X1 and with a forward-facing child seat in the back a 186cm driver can fit in front. With a rear-facing Infasecure Adapt More infant Capsule then a 180cm driver can sit in front.

2023 BMW X1 legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

The New 2023 BMW X1 makes a great family car for our family of four. It very comfortably carried us around for the week and when we needed to fit a Versatile Folding Booster seat in the back when we had a friend over for a play date we could fit it between my girls' child seats. The boot space was great and we carried our compact stroller and three scooters along with school and daycare bags and lunch boxes easily in the boot.

2023 BMW X1 space between two child seats installed in the second row

The new 2023 BMW X1 is a great car to drive, it feels very strong and sturdy on the road but the steering is not heavy. Visibility is very good and the cameras are excellent.

The turning circle is small, too, which combines with the light steering and cameras to make parking and manoeuvring in school and supermarket car parks nice and easy.

The new 2023 BMW X1 has been given a five-star ANCAP Safety Rating, scoring 88% for child occupancy and 86% for adult occupancy.

Seven airbags come as standard in the New 2023 BMW X1 SUV; Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting airbags are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard.


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Tace Clifford
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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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  1. It would be of informative help if you would advise what type of spare wheel your test cars have and where it is located or if they only have a repair kit if you have a puncture.

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