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The X1 relies on a platform shared with the Mini Clubman and new Countryman. Initially offered only with all-wheel drive, for 2017 a less expensive front-wheel-drive version joins the line. In our tests of the AWD X1 the responsive 228-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine returned 26 mpg overall. With a relatively low ride height, it feels almost like driving a BMW sedan. Although capable and responsive, ride and handling aren't up to BMW's high standards. Road noise is rather noticeable. The interior is typical BMW, with high-quality materials and switches, buttons, and knobs. The front seats are rather short and flat, however, and rear-seat passengers hit their shins against the backs for the front seats. Prices start at an inviting $33,100, but a typically equipped X1 easily breaks the $40,000 mark.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 BMW X1 recalls.

Road Test

In redesigning the X1 for 2016, BMW made its premium crossover SUV wider, roomier, and more fuel efficient than the outgoing car, while packing in more technology. It's even more practical, as adults can actually fit in the rear seat. So what's wrong...

Highs

  • One of the least-expensive BMWs, yet retains familiar BMW styling, inside and out
  • Impressive fuel economy

Lows

  • Gets expensive when you add common luxury options
  • Short on sporty verve expected from a BMW

Best Version to Get

Given the small rear window, consider the $1,150 Parking Assistance package an essential, just to get its backup camera. We'd also add the $700 Driver Assistance package, which requires either the $1,200 Business Navigation system or the $2,550 Technology package. The expensive Premium packa...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (228 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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