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 3 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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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 2015 BMW X1 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather seal towards the front of the sunroof came loose causing wind noise when drive at interstate speeds."

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Suspension creaks when driving on incline with uneven surface and for me, this is everyday that I pull out of my driveway. Have reported at service appts but it is always dismissed as an issue and they cannot seem to reproduce the noise at the time. Not sure why BMW will not just perform a lube job. For a time, my seat belt buckle creaked like something was loose inside. This just went away after several months."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The BMW X-1 is noisy. Road and air noise make the interior uncomfortable from a sound standpoint."

William H., WA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Result of the weather stripping issue"

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sounds like a window is cracked when they aren't. Seems worse wit front windows. This has been the case since I purchased and I have learned to turn the music up, or actually crack the window."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"extreme wind noise"

Lawrence S., CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My previous comments cover interior noise issues."

William H., WA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Display screen goes blank

"Lost all systems"

Anonymous, WI (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This vehicle was purchased in Germany as a Military Sale US spec vehicle. In 2015 when US buyers purchased the vehicle they received a coupon to upgrade the factory installed "communications box" to a 4G compatible model. I took delivery in Germany and used the vehicle for 3 years. When my vehicle was imported and delivered to a dealership for it to be reset to operate in the US the upgrades were not completed. Ultimately, it took 1 year to repair the vehicle and over 3 months with a loaner from the dealership. The cost was eventually covered."

Anonymous, GA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It's pairing with the main driver of the car, but not the secondary pertson."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blue tooth failed needed replacement parts"

Joel M., NV (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Much of the software just stopped working. Pressing the call BMW button called 911 instead. The dealer kept the car nearly four weeks to get it repaired."

Anonymous, ME (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"split temp controls never worked ie. passenger and driver select different temperatures - driver temp was sent to passenger. Took in 3 times to dealer - always said it was fine"

Paul C., ON (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seems to be unable to keep the temperature regulated to the one requested"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"you cannot get warm air to come out of the dashboard vents. It will come out bottom but when you select dash vents as well, it will blow cool"

Russell F., NY (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak was fixed by my shop in an hour for about $200 Problem occurred once at end of summer season"

Anonymous, IA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

Locks and latches

"Electronic locking mechanism that reads your finger in exterior passenger door handle wouldn't work when finger was applied"

Anonymous, AL (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"The plastic base of the driver's side mirror broke after minor trauma. It cost over $1,800 Cdn to replace the mirror"

Anonymous, BC (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"Windshild washers front and back is not working. Will be sent in for repair."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When it rains, the electronic windows have trouble opening and closing, going herky-jerky up and down and making terrible noises, sometimes even getting stuck momentarily."

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW X1)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Started car and backed out of garage. Engine quit running. No dashboard lights, nothing indicating nature of problem. Towed to repair facility where after troubleshooting, they "flashed" the engine computer to get it running."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine alerts that made the engine drive at lower speed safety mode. Was in for extended service on 3 occasions. First told it was a bad computer chip. The next time told they could not find anything wrong. Then it was the throttle box. The last time was followed by oil leak from head gasket that had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Computer failed and had to be replaced"

William H., WA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Serious oil leak caused by dealership improperly installing drain plug and lag and resistance by dealership to fix the problem"

Anonymous, ON (2015 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Gas filler flap fell off"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sliding armrest came off twice. First was under warranty. Second time they wanted $1200 to fix. Likely to break again. Can’t leave unfixed because the sharp metal supporting frame poses a physical risk to injure my dog. Also: the handle to the small convenience compartment above the radio broke and they want $400 to fix that."

Anonymous, CT (2015 BMW X1)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Taking things out of the rear hatch - many chips top of bumper"

Mitchell K., NY (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 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

Gear selector or linkage

""4 wheel drive" light was coming on but we do not have 4WD"

Anonymous, NC (2015 BMW X1 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Adaptive learning caused severe hesitation while accelerating from a standing stop. Led to some potentially dangerous merging situations where the car hesitated in the middle of an intersection. Was repaired by resetting factory settings"

James A., VA (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"At 60000 miles, I noticed a burning oil smell. It turned out to be micro cracks in the plastic cylinder cover. This had to be replaced, which was labor intensive."

Anonymous, ME (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"the timing chain guide is made of polycarbonate. A number of x1 owners have had to replace the x1 engine due to the timing coming apart and essentially destroying the engine. Replacement cost can exceed $20,000. BMW accepts no responsibility and is now subject to a class action suit."

Anonymous, GA (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on and at the same time, the car ran differently. Luckily the repair was covered by warranty and repaired at the BMW dealership"

David P., WA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"P0597 code, thermostat control. Known issue by BMW, though not a recall. BMW extended the warranty on this piece to 10 years or 120k miles. No notice is sent to owners. They assume you’ll bring the car to a dealer when the light will come on."

Anonymous, NH (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 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

Keyless entry

"My car locks with the key inside frequently. Once with my dog inside. They cannot figure out why."

Elizabeth L., CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My car keeps locking with my keys inside"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Was on a road trip, and check engine light came on. Pulled into BMW dealer on A Saturday. They ordered the part, they got it Monday. I was on the road 2 hours later."

Anonymous, FL (2015 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

Electrical failure

"I had a service light come on and they told me the computer that monitored steering and breaking? had failed"

Rebecca D., IL (2015 BMW X1)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"BMW recall for replacement of seat/airbag sensors"

R K., BC (2015 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

Tire wear is uneven

"Dealership tells us that rear tires are worn out at every oil change even though they are rotated on schedule"

Anonymous, GA (2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i 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)

"Replacing battery involved reprogramming the electrical system. AAA unwilling to replace battery due to the integrated nature of the electrical system. Cost by dealer was absurd."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

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