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2019 BMW X1 remains a svelte crossover

You could do much worse than BMW's sporty little runabout.

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Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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If you're looking to get into an inexpensive BMW, the X1 subcompact crossover might just be your bag.

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The five-passenger X1 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option

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The X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, with 228 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement.

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Even without the optional M Sport suspension, the X1 rides and handles really well. 

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EPA fuel ratings are near the top of the class: 22 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

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The X1 is tops in cargo, with 27.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats, or a whopping 58.7 cubic feet with them folded.

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Unfortunately, blind-spot monitoring is not available on the X1, and adaptive cruise control costs another $1,000.

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The 2019 BMW X1 has a base price of $34,950, not including $995 for destination, but the options pile on quickly. Load up all the options and you can easily crest $45,000.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this classy sub-compact crossover.

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