Launched in 2013, the BMW X1 brings the marque's skill for crafting vehicles that provide satisfying performance to the compact SUV segment. The X1 pleases with genuinely carlike handling.
2016 to Present: BMW X1
Compact SUV sales have been booming for a few years now, and the X1 represents the BMW brand in this growing segment. The SUV's second generation was introduced in 2016. The current X1 separates itself from its rivals by offering keen driving dynamics, brisk acceleration and generous cargo capacity.
The BMW X1 is a compact SUV with seating for five passengers. This crossover's sporty nature is reflected in its sheet metal. BMW's familiar bisected grille rules the front fascia, and it's flanked by scowling headlights. The X1's swooping fastback profile is showcased from the side, while a rear view reveals a broad hatch and sculpted bumper.
All X1 crossovers are motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 228 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, and an eight-speed automatic transmission shifts the gears.
As you'd imagine, the X1 dazzles when it comes to handling and performance. It's a nimble companion on urban adventures, and there's always ample power underfoot. The eight-speed transmission provides smooth and timely gear shifts.
If you've ever spent time in a BMW, the X1's cabin will look immediately familiar. The layout is premium and undeniably deluxe. All components have been assembled with care, and high-quality materials are evident throughout the cabin. The bucket seats found in the front row provide soothing support and offer ample legroom. In the second row, taller passengers have lots of space available to stretch their limbs.
As befits a premium crossover, the BMW X1 comes with a wealth of standard features. The base X1 is equipped with dual-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, driver memory settings and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Standard technology amenities include Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio and a CD player.
The list of available features includes a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, a hands-free power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension and a navigation system.
There's no dearth of fine choices in the premium compact SUV segment. Other strong picks include the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lexus NX and Acura RDX. Each of these models has something special to offer, but if your mandate is performance, you'll be best served by the BMW X1.
Earlier BMW X1 Models
The first-generation BMW X1 made its debut in 2013, and it's available with two engines. There's a turbocharged inline four that provides 240 horsepower, and there's also a turbocharged inline six that rustles up an impressive 300 horsepower. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, and all models are governed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features on the first-generation X1 include rear privacy glass, fog lamps, cruise control, automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system.
The X1 received minor equipment reshuffling in 2014 and carried over unchanged in 2015. The second generation was rolled out in 2016.