BMW X1 sDrive
WHAT: BMW X1 sDrive 2.0d compact SUV/Crossover (1,995cc, 177bhp, 0-100kmh in 8.1 secs, top speed 205kmh) 6spd manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, 5.3l/100km, CO2 of 139g/km; VRT is 16pc. €156 annual road tax.
COST: €35,480. Delivery, related charges extra.
TARGET MARKET: Families, premium estate owners.
PLUS: Looks, room, engine, performance.
MINUS: Shallow rear window, plastic in lower regions of central console/cabin.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Range of airbags, passive and active safety systems, rear parking sensors, air con. Options on test car include comfort package of rear-view mirror auto dimming, front parking and rain sensor -- €870.48.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: Nissan Qashqai, BMW 3-series Touring, Ford Kuga, BMW X3.
STAR RATING: 8.3/10