Blue detailing will help your neighbours identify that you've chosen the full electric version of this X1. Otherwise, apart from the badging and the charging flap, it'll be difficult to tell this iX1 apart from its combustion range counterparts. This third generation X1 completes the visual switch of this model line from Crossover to fully-fledged SUV. It's larger than its predecessor too, 53mm longer, 24mm wider and 44mm taller. At the front, slim LED headlights flank the large, almost square BMW kidney grille. The profile has a dynamically rising character crease. And at the rear, horizontal lines and the narrow rear window emphasise the extra body width.
The cabin's marked out by the adoption of BMW's 'Operating System 8' media system, which sees the introduction of a 'Curved Display' on the dash top, made up of a 10.7-inch instrument monitor seamlessly joined to a 10.25-inch central infotainment screen. The latter display incorporates the 'BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice control system responding to the command 'Hey BMW'. Wireless 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring is standard. And the infotainment set-up now updates itself with 'over-the-air' upgrades, so you'll get into your X1 one morning and find it able to do something it couldn't do the day before.
As for practicalities, well the front of the cabin's notably spacious and the seats offer excellent all-round comfort. The rear compartment is roomy for a car of this compact class too, with three full-sized seats and a base able to slide by up to 13cms. That aids the 490-litre boot, 10-litres less than you get with the non-electrified X1 combustion models (though the same as you'd have with an X1 PHEV). With the rear seats folded in an iX1, capacity is 1,495-litres.