BMW for me has a huge brand value and will be an aspirational one to own. But I am worried about seating comfort and space, which I think are definitely better in Kodiaq.

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Hi fellow members – I am seriously confused. I have been on the lookout for a premium SUV/crossover with a budget of Rs 40 lakhs for a long. In august when the bookings opened again, I booked an L&K Kodiaq. it will cost me Rs 47 lakh on road in Gurgaon. There is still no concrete timeline for delivery and the wait continues. Meanwhile, I am being offered a BMW X1 20i Xline (petrol) at a discounted price due to the year-end and outgoing model.

My requirements are:

My drive is 85% city and 15% highway runs. Family of 5.

BMW for me has a huge brand value and will be an aspirational one to own. It will also be Rs 3-4 lakh cheaper than Kodiaq. But I am worried about seating comfort and space, which I think are definitely better in Kodiaq. I test-drove the X1 and the drive was really good and smooth shifts. I haven’t been able to test drive the kodiaq despite many efforts. the Kodiaq has more features but I am assuming the BMW should have a better fit and finish.

Can people who own or have driven X1 – help me with the pros and cons and which one of the two I should go for? If you were to take the call, which one is a better decision? I Do know that this X1 is an outgoing model but I plan to keep the car for 7-10 years.

Here’s what GTO had to say on the matter:

You really can’t go wrong with either car, so it’s a good predicament to be in.

I think your heart is sold on the BMW, so you could proceed with that. You’ll have fun driving it, it’s a more city-friendly size, the reliability will be better than the Skoda and of course, there’s the badge on the hood. But before you buy the X1, you should call for a test drive at home and see if your family is okay with the space. Simply because you have written that room for 5 is a key requirement.

I consider the Kodiaq to be a superior crossover though. It’s a true flagship product, especially with the new adjustable suspension which makes a world of difference. Sweet turbo-petrol, fast DSG, more space than the X1 and even a 3rd row for the kids. The biggest 3 downsides are the price (it’s gotten very expensive), Skoda’s poor reliability & after-sales, and the waiting period. If your showroom doesn’t have a Kodiaq on display, just go check out a used one from any dealer to get an idea of its space & practicality.

Here’s what BHPian GForceEnjoyer had to say on the matter:

Since you have a family of five, the Kodiaq will probably suit your needs much better. It’s powerful, is brimming with tech and contrary to popular belief, does not actually fall behind BMW with regard to interior quality. It also gets DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control, basically adaptive suspension), which is a huge plus as it is a fantastic system.

Be warned, DSGs have been a known devil. This one is a wet-clutch unit built to handle more torque, so it will probably fare better, but go for the extended warranty all the same. Good luck with your decision!

Here’s what BHPian agambhandari had to say on the matter:

As an owner of an X1 and somebody who has driven the Kodiaq a fair bit, these are 2 very different cars, especially in the current models. X1 is very much the car if you value the comfort in the front 2 seats, driving pleasure and ease of driving. It is much smaller, feels tighter to drive and is more manageable in the city. Kodiaq is a more relaxed driver, higher seating position and has more comfy rear seats.

I am very satisfied with the X1 but your use calls for the 5-seat usage and that would move my suggestion to the Kodiaq. Badge value is of course lesser.

Since your usage is 85 per cent city, I would strongly suggest keeping in mind the kind of roads you are planning to drive on. If these are tight city lanes, neither of these is honestly well suited.

Here’s what BHPian padmrajravi had to say on the matter:

X1 is a better choice here. It is not wise to spend that kind of money on a manufacturer with a shaky after-sales support reputation and an even worse reliability record. And your requirement is mostly city running where X1’s compactness will be an advantage. X1 is a popular car. It will help you with resale and spares support. When in doubt, go for the car that the market favours. It will be a safer choice.

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