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The X1 shares a platform with the Mini Cooper Countryman, and is available in front- and all-wheel- drive versions. In our tests the responsive 228-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine returned 26 mpg overall.
With the X1's relatively low ride height, it feels almost like driving a sedan. Although the X1's ride and handling are capable and responsive, they aren't quite up to BMW's high standards. Road noise is rather noticeable. The interior exudes quality, and controls are relatively easy to use. The front seats are rather short and flat, however, and rear-seat passengers hit their shins against the backs of the front seats. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard. Inexplicably, BSW is not available.
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2016-2020
2016 Redesign Year
The X1 is a compact five-seat SUV smaller than the X3. The base 240-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed automatic, provides quick acceleration, and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
The 3.0-liter, 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder gets a six-speed automatic. Based on the previous-generation 3 Series (2006-2011), the X1 feels quite sporty to drive, but ride comfort is on the stiff side and the sharp and communicative steering feels heavy at low speeds. Noise isolation and interior quality are a notch below BMW's high standards but still decent. BMW totally reimagined the X1 for 2016. Larger and roomier, it moved to a new front-wheel-drive-based platform shared with the Mini Clubman. Even though the drivetrain remains as a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic, both are new designs. This powertrain returned 26 mpg overall. Although capable and responsive, ride and handling are more ordinary than sporty. Road noise is rather noticeable. The interior is typical BMW, with high-quality materials and switchgear. The front seats are rather short and flat, however, while rear-seat passengers hit their shins against the backs for the front seats. The 2020 model got a mild freshening that included an electronic gear selector. 
$35,100 - $36,425
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$31,300 - $32,725
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$26,225 - $27,950
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$23,400 - $25,125
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$21,075
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2013-2015
2013 Redesign Year
Smaller than the X3, the BMW X1 is a compact five-seat SUV. The base 240-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed automatic, provides quick acceleration and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
The 3.0-liter, 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder gets a six-speed automatic. The X1 feels quite sporty to drive, but ride comfort is on the stiff side and the sharp and communicative steering feels heavy at low speeds. Noise isolation and interior quality are a notch below BMW's high standards, but still decent. Stick to basic models with the Premium and Cold Weather packages. Indulging in the myriad high-end trim options can launch the price into the stratosphere, even used. The 2.0-liter engine is plenty powerful, so you can skip the six-cylinder. Electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, brake assist, dynamic cruise control, and daytime running lights are standard.
$14,625 - $18,000
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$12,825 - $15,475
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$10,900 - $13,275
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