41. BMW X1

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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

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