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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2023 BMW X1?

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The verdict: BMW’s smallest SUV, the X1, got a little bigger for 2023, but that doesn’t translate into more rear legroom with car seats. However, easy-access Latch anchors and removable head restraints make installation a breeze.

Does it fit three car seats? No.

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2023 BMW X1.

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A Grade

  • Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit under flip-up covers for easy access and connection. Three top tether anchors sit about two-thirds of the way down the seatback; they’re also clearly marked and easy to use.
  • Forward-facing convertible: Connecting to both the lower Latch anchors and the top tether was drama-free. After removing the head restraint, the seat fit well.
  • Booster: Again, removing the head restraint helped this seat fit better against the seatback. The X1’s outboard buckles are stable, so kids should be able to easily grasp and use them independently. However, they might have more trouble with the middle buckle, which is floppy. It also comes down from the ceiling, blocking the driver’s view when in use.
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B Grade

  • Infant seat: This seat went in easily. Our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger’s knees were not quite touching the glove box; taller passengers will need more legroom to be comfortable.
  • Rear-facing convertible: This seat was also easy to install using the lower anchors. Again, taller passengers will need more legroom to be comfortable.

C Grade

  • None

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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