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Why Lease The iX1?

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BMW iX1 Review 2023

The BMW iX1 is a well-built small family EV that boasts an excellent powertrain and is more than practical enough for most drivers. 

Rivals to the BMW iX1 include the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volvo XC40 Electric, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y and Genesis GV60.

Our BMW iX1 review covers:

BMW iX1 Key Features

  • Powerful and sporty exterior with a large kidney grille and angular headlights
  • Highclass uncluttered interior with soft materials used throughout 
  • 490-litre boot space 
  • Available with one battery option, a 65kWh powering two electric motors
  • Two trim levels available, including xLine and M Sport

BMW iX1 Electric Pros and Cons:


  • Premium feels
  • Easy to drive
  • Well equipped


  • Pricey for a family SUV
  • Fiddly infotainment controls
  • No full one-pedal drive 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The all-electric BMW iX1 is the German manufacturer's take on the popular BMW X1 SUV and is constructed on the same platform as the most recent X1. However, the iX1 is a more compact family vehicle with the newest battery technology and takes inspiration from the larger BMW iX flagship. It has the same exterior design as the X1, with additional blue tweaks alongside the kidney grille and angular headlights to mark out the electric version.

BMW iX1 exterior

Inside, there's room for everyone with lots of headroom, and the seats slide back far so even tall passengers can get comfy. The iX1 is also more accommodating than the Volvo XC40 Recharge regarding headroom and legroom, but if you are after more room, the Kia EV6 and Tesla Model Y are even more generous.

As for boot space, the BMW iX1 offers an impressive 490-litre boot, just 10 litres less than the flagship iX. However, the iX1 boot is slightly smaller than that of the Audi Q4 e-trons 520 litres and the Volvo XC40 Recharge's 452 litres.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the BMW iX1 is great, as its cabin has a premium feel, excellent material quality, and a general feeling of sturdiness throughout. Unfortunately, there are fewer buttons to clutter the interior, and removing switches results in clumsy infotainment and HVAC controls. There's also no iDrive control dial, so you must use the touchscreen for all significant operations. But, overall, the design is pleasing, with soft materials used up high and on all the main touchpoints.

Two trim levels available: xLine and M Sport.

Entry-point xLine models come with 18-inch alloys, gloss black interior trim, Sensatec upholstery, satellite navigation, two-zone climate control, and 40:20:40 split rear seats. It also comes with cruise control and a digital cockpit, which BMW calls Live Cockpit Plus.

M Sport models add a sportier look with upgraded 19-inch alloys and an Alcantara/Sensatec mix with blue stitching upholstery. It also adds sports seats in the front, anthracite headlining and an M Sport leather steering wheel.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, BMW keeps it simple, offering the iX1 with just one battery option.

BMW iX1 interior

The iX1 comes with just one 65kWh battery, which powers two electric motors, with one mounted on each axle for all-wheel drive. As a result, the iX1 has a combined 313hp and an official range of up to 270 miles. The M Sport has a slightly reduced max range of 267 miles.

The BMW iX1 is great to drive. It's refined and quiet, with little disruption from the outside in terms of noise. While cruising, it's comfy, but weighing over two tonnes causes occasional bumps through the suspension. The steering is also mild for simple manoeuvring and doesn't feel overly large. Around town is where the iX1 best performs, as it is super quiet and with excellent visibility.

Overall, the BMW iX1 is a great car and should be the benchmark if you're in the market for an electric family SUV.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new BMW iX1 start from £52,390.00 OTR* or to lease from £530.80 per month.

Do you have questions about leasing a BMW iX1? We are one of the best car leasing providers in the UK. Our car leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, inclusive road tax, breakdown insurance and free delivery to the UK's mainland (exclusions apply).

Additionally, due to set monthly payments, variable mileage, a low initial rental, and changeable contract lengths, leasing BMW iX1 may be less expensive than buying one outright.

*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.