BMW X1

The BMW X1 is offered in two variations: The X1 sDrive28i is front-wheel drive, while the X1 xDrive28i features all-wheel drive. Both are powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic that sends power either to the front wheels or to all four wheels, depending upon the model. The combination should be good for 0-60 mph sprints in the low 6-second range. Thanks to turbocharging and a relatively light vehicle, fuel economy is respectable for the segment, with an EPA estimate of 26 mpg combined in the sDrive28i, while the xDrive28i returns 25 mpg combined.

Standard equipment levels are quite generous on the BMW X1, though there are still plenty of options and packages available to further enhance the vehicle. Highlights on the standard equipment list include power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, a 7-speaker stereo, electronically adjustable heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, dynamic cruise control, 18-inch wheels and tires, a 6.5-inch monitor, fog lamps, an automatic tailgate and an alarm.

Option packages include the M Sport package, which highlights the sportiness of the X1, as well as a Premium Package, which adds an extra level of luxury. The M Sport package includes updates to the transmission, including steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, sportier seats, a sportier steering wheel and stiffer suspension for better handling. The Premium package offers access to full LED headlights and huge panoramic moonroof.

A Driver Assistance Plus package offers speed limit info, active cruise control, park distance control, a Lane Departure Warning system, automatic high beams, a front collision warning system and a rear view camera. A parking Assistant system is also included that aids drivers when they are trying to parallel park.

Options on the BMW X1 are plentiful. Buyers willing to upgrade from the 6.5-inch screen to an 8.8-inch screen will also get access to BMW apps and real time traffic updates. The navigation system has a heads-up display function, allowing it to project data directly onto the windshield. 19-inch wheels make the car look lower and meaner, while a Harman Kardon stereo system includes 12 speakers and 360 watts of sound.

Editors' Review

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Though we tend to think of BMW as a maker of premium cars with premium price tags, the truth is, there are a number of Bimmers that are actually quite affordable. Take this subcompact X1 crossover, for example, which starts around $35,000 -- the average transaction price of a new vehicle in the US.

OK, yes, you can get subcompact crossovers from the likes of Mazda or Nissan for about $10,000 less, but in the luxury segment, the BMW is a bit of a bargain. The Cadillac XT4Jaguar E-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLA250 are all more expensive. And frankly, they aren't as good.

Plenty of sport

The five-passenger X1 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. Regardless, every X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, with 228 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque and an 8-speed automatic transmission. That's enough oomph to scoot this subcompact CUV to 60 miles per hour in a BMW-estimated 6.3 seconds. Not too shabby.

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The Good An inexpensive way to start with the BMW brand. Excellent utility and sporty driving characteristics.

The Bad Apple CarPlay isn't standard and Android Auto isn't available at all. Options add up quickly.

The Bottom Line A standout in the class, the 2019 BMW X1 is fun to drive, can haul a good amount of gear and is relatively easy on the wallet.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 7

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