The German luxury brand's smallest crossover SUV, the BMW X1 is meant to do battle with the Audi Q3, Cadillac XT4, Lexus UX, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Volvo XC40, among others.
The X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission that can channel power to the front wheels or all four corners.
With front-wheel drive, the X1 gets an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg highway. All-wheel drive knocks that down to 22/31 city/highway mpg.
The crossover offers plenty of cargo space, with 27.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 58.7 cubic feet with the X1's back seats folded. Standard tech features include a seven-speaker audio system with HD radio. Standard driver-assistance features include collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams and rain-sensing wipers.
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 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 , and Mercedes-Benz GLA250 are all more expensive. And frankly, they aren't as good.
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.
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.
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