41. BMW X1
BMW’S original X1 was a half-hearted crossover that was little more than a 1 Series on stilts, but the Mk2 model embraces the 4x4 philosophy with a design more in line with the larger X3.
sdrive models power the front wheels, while xdrive versions get a reactive 4WD system that sends power to the wheels that can cope. The latest X1 has more space, better refinement and greater efficiency than before, but manages to maintain BMW’S fun-to-drive mantra. Price range: £26,900-£37,780 Our pick: xdrive20d Sport (£32,370) Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 190bhp Transmission: 6-spd man, permanent 4WD Top speed: 137mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2: 127g/km