Although our test car was equipped with the optional electrically-operated seats in the front, they're not exactly the most comfortable in the world, especially if you have to travel for longer distances. Apart from the heating option, their best part is probably the thinning and widening of the back rest at the touch of a button, in order to accommodate slimmer or more... horizontally-challenged passengers.
The rear seat, on the other hand, is even stiffer than the front seats, especially for the passenger in the middle, who is provided with the same seating comfort as from a wooden bench. On the plus side, apart from being 40:20:40 foldable, the rear backrest can be adjusted in eleven steps.
As we mentioned earlier on, the interior space can feel a bit cramped for larger fellows, especially when talking about knee and elbow room in the front. Other than that, the interior is pretty close in size to a 3-Series Touring, only a bit taller.
The dual-zone climate control system is pretty efficient, while the BMW Professional audio system our test car was fitted with is above average, though it can't exactly be called a "creme de la creme" of in-car audio.
The suspension setup is much more comfy than in a BMW sedan or coupe, but it somehow doesn't feel as composed as an X3 over potholes or rougher roads. On the whole though, the X1 is one of the most comfortable small BMWs, especially when taking its sedan and coupe little brothers in the equation.Continue reading