2014 BMW X1 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
With its sporty handling, sharp steering, quick acceleration and compact dimensions, the X1 brings more sport than utility to the SUV equation. BMW's smallest SUV is also the least expensive model in the automaker's lineup, but that's not to be confused with it being inexpensive. A relatively low stance makes the X1 appear more like a tall wagon and helps give it handling worthy of a sports car.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

With its sporty handling, sharp steering, quick acceleration and compact dimensions, the X1 brings more sport than utility to the SUV equation. BMW's smallest SUV is also the least expensive model in the automaker's lineup, but that's not to be confused with it being inexpensive.

A relatively low stance makes the X1 appear more like a tall wagon and helps give it handling worthy of a sports car. But the ride is firm and very taut, a departure from the current plush demeanor found in other BMWs. Most of us also found the heavy steering effort at low speeds somewhat objectionable.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 BMW X1 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Heating during extended use"

Witold T., PA (2014 BMW X1 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The computer system controlling the display was replaced. We were told that this is not an unusual problem with this model"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X1 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"iDrive system completely died and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"For a 2014 higher end vehicle, the system to connect your phone to the car is archaic"

Anonymous, AK (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation crashes after a few minutes of working. This happens every time navigation is used."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Lose connection with Samsung Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge..BMW says problem is Samsung...Samsung says its BMW. BMW replaced communicatin system under warranty and the problem still exists"

David H., NC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Background/road noise for other caller during Bluetooth phone conversations"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problems apparently related to anker cable connection to use apps on iphone via bmw interface. Seems to cause damage to bmw."

Anonymous, LA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hands free phone operation would not work.Blue tooth system was replaced under warranty"

Guy C., MD (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Phone pairing is terrible. It will connect to the phone for about 3 minutes and then lose it"

Anonymous, UT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Won’t stay connected"

Tom O., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Constantly disconnects and tough to re-activate"

Tom O., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Antenna caused fluctuations in signal strength. Antenna replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Static and short range reception"

Tom O., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Static"

Tom O., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"I am from Mass. It can not understand anything i say"

Evan T., MA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaked rain water causing $9000 damage, all covered by warranty"

Harlan E., CA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"See description of leaking sun roof"

Harlan E., CA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Same problem as squeaks and rattles. It was caused by the weather stripping"

Y H., HI (2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Unusual "clunck" noise when hitting a bump on hot days after a cool night"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor build quality with rattles"

Anonymous, VT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaks and rattle came from the rear door within a few months of delivery. Dealer installed Teflon tapes on the weather strips and it stopped the noise"

Y H., HI (2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clunking noise from under dashboard"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"There is wind noise with the front windows on both driver and passenger sides."

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The wind-whistle is terrible in this car. It appears at 50MPH and gets louder with higher speeds"

Anonymous, DC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Within the first year, the number of air leaks around the doors and windows has increased substantially"

Anonymous, AK (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"The gas station fuel pump would sometimes not let the gas station pump to fill the car with gas. It would stop with half a tank, and not let us have the ability to complete a full tank of gas...weird"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Had to replace faulty a fuel injector at a cost of over $900"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blown ECU and injector. Came with no warning and required the car be towed to the dealership."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump developed a leak."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"It stalled out x2 and had to get towed to auto repair."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was losing power. Actually was driving it home after leasing it when the problem happened. Car had 13000 miles on it when we leased it. So it was in the shop 2 days after we leased it"

Terry C., WI (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light diagnosed as a failure of one of four sensors. I had experienced some rough running that the service advisor attributed to the sensor and he told me that it might continue or get worse, but no serious consequences were likely. I have continued to drive the car for the past 9 months without any rough running or other performance problems, though I no longer take it on trips. Replacing the sensor should cost about $600 so I plan to do it when I have problems."

James S., GA (2014 BMW X1)

"The car failed NJ State inspection with 29,977 miles for a leak detection pump PC Dorma drive vehicle monitor, that cost $604.62. BMW said the car was not covered because of its age. This model is a 2013 X1 XDrive 28i, not a 2014 as I stated earlier."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The radiator pump developed a leak, causing the coolant to run low. It was fixed under the certified pre-owned warranty."

Eric W., FL (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radiator

"Two stage radiator valve was apparently open all the time. Car ran cold. A new radiator fixed the problem ( under warranty.)"

Anonymous, VT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Thermostat failed immediately after being serviced for routine maintenance"

Bruce B., FL (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Failed suddenly leaving vehicle undriveable."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump went bad on trip and overflow tank had a crack. Car overheated and quickly went into limp mode. Had time to pulled over on highway. Car had to be flat bedded 85 miles. Crazy expensive to repair but fortunately I bought a 7 yr/100k mi extended BMW OEM warranty w/$50 deductible (they put bill at $4,000 but I paid $50)"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Oil leak from head gasket. Repaired by independent auto repair shop specializing inBMWs at a cost savings of 35%."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head casket wore out causing an oil leak"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"big problem that resulted from a part failure that the dealer said frequently happens with BMWs. Car engine warnings came on as "serious problem" took it in to the dealer, paid $7500 to have it fixed"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"large smoke cloud at morning startup due to oil seeping into turbocharger. Needs new turbo oil line with a check valve"

Anonymous, NH (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo oil pipe"

Anonymous, MS (2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Brake pads needed to be replaced at 45k miles. On my previous VW Jetta I never had to replace them and I drove that car for 90k miles."

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Replaced rear pads and rotors at a cost of $700"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Aftermarket performance rotor that completely broke."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Vibration caused by warped rotors."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"different alert and warning lights come on every so often for no apparent reason, particularly low tire pressure warnings"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine mounts

"Engine and transmission mounts needed replacement."

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Oil Filter assembly leak, valve cover gasket leak, oil pan leak. Another very expensive repair but I had the extended warranty. Which was very expensive $4,600 but covered up to 7 yrs/100k miles. All the problems on this car since 65k miles over the past two years would have cost $14,000 (incl. transfer case, oil leaks, injector leak, tranny oil leak). But the BMW ext. warranty covered all of it."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"adaptive headlights did not operate properly. BMW fixed on warranty but it took a while for parts to arrive"

Robert R., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"Water leak caused main control module to malfunction. All dash warning lights came on, flashed and beeped. Warning message appeared to stop driving car immediately and car would not restart. Had car into dealer seven times before the finally were able to properly find, diagnose and correct the problem."

Henry B., NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper mechanism got seized"

Simon P., AB (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The driver's side interior door broke into two pieces when used"

Bruce B., FL (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Black, plastic moldings have faded"

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"Rust detected under the weatherstripping for the driver's door. The door was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Rear differential failed"

Anonymous, SC (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front differential failure awaits repair to cost $4300"

Anonymous, (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery died"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Right rear shock absorber needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"My car was at a bmw dealership for 3 weeks while they tried to find a problem with grinding and whining of the transmission. One dealership said that the transfer case need replacing. The second dealership said it was just a fluid leak. My car still whines but at least the grinding is reduced."

M E., MA (2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Washed the car and lifted up the windshield wipers. One of the wiper blades slipped from my hand and broke the windshield"

A K., CA (2014 BMW X1)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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