2016 BMW X1 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
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 with all of that? In a category where entry-level models approach $50,000, people expect more from their vehicles.
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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

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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

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 with all of that? In a category where entry-level models approach $50,000, people expect more from their vehicles.

Even though it earned a decent Road Test score, we found much of the usual BMW magic missing from the redesigned X1. The driving experience lacks the purity we've come to know from the brand, and it isn't as quiet or comfortable as befitting an upscale car at this price, either.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (228 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"My free app on my phone does a better job. Occasionally, it has taken us the long wayto a destination. It is the worst GPS I have ever used"

Jerry L., NJ (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Attempted to use voice activation to set local destinations. Was given directions to locations in Michigan, Puerto Rico (can't drive there from here), and other locales instead. Do not use it at all any more, opting for Waze on my smartphone"

David C., GA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The system is for all practical purposes unusable, to the point where we use our smartphone apps instead. It is difficult to input destination data, and, more often than not, it is misinterpreted by the system and tries to send us to locations that in no way resemble where we want to go -- e.g., the upper peninsula of Michigan, Puerto Rico, etc. This is the worst of the many weaknesses of the BMW infotainment system, which should be completely scrapped."

David C., GA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone would make an unwanted call after connecting"

Anonymous, GA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"It doesn't understand anyone. Begins performing unwanted functions without being prompted, such as starting navigation to seemingly random destinations, or insisting we drive home when we're heading elsewhere."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"My front brakes need to be replaced at 18000 miles and I was told that this will happen again it is a design flaw."

Anonymous, RI (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple break issues. Break sensor failure, break pad, rotors all replaced and calipers adjuster. had issues with both front and rear breaks. Multiple trips to dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brake application was problematic when I first received car from dealer when it was new. I thought the problem was due to my not being able to adjust to the braking system. About 5 months ago brakes started squeaking, then growling. Second dealer I consulted replaced pads after first dealer could not help me. I paid nothing."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Even when I bought the vehicle with approximately 4000 miles the brakes were loud when backing up. BMW replaced the brakes after two complaints and they have been much better since. On my most recent service (covered under warranty), the brake rotors were again replaced. Seems to be a recurring problem."

Anonymous, NY (2016 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

Bushings

"Front end suspension noise, dealer will be replacing lower control arms with new design"

Anonymous, FL (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"We have had to have the vehicle in to the dealer three times to repair a vibration/noise in the steering. Most recently was three weeks ago, and it appears to be fixed, at least so far."

David C., GA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Excessive tire wear, need new tires after 15,000 miles, not related to alignment, the run flat tire wear out quickly"

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Body control module

"50% of the time, the external rearview mirrors drop to their "reverse" position when unlock the car, and I have to manually put them back to the driving position"

Tony A., IN (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Right LED head light (high beam, daytime running light, cornering light and parking light went out). Only the low beam worked. Presently at the dealership for repair. Initially believe the controller went bad and will be replaced."

Mike P., CA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"warning light for tires is easily activated -- I'm told it happens in cold weather. So far it's only been low tire pressure and not a flat"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

"Water pump failed causing coolant leak."

Robert M., AZ (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Loud squeak in reverse, when it very cold out, apparently from brakes. Dealership unable so far to troubleshoot."

Anonymous, CO (2016 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

"Engine warning light came on fault was in the flap at the mouth of the gas tank which was replaced under the original warranty at no cost to me."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software malfunction, computer needed to have new software loaded to correct. Engine would not stay running. This happened summer of 2017, and again spring 2018. There was a free factory recall in place both times. Reprogramming done free of charge and completely solved the problem."

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"The radiator caused the engine sensor to malfunction. In order to fix the problem they had to replace the radiator since the sensor and radiator were all one part. Replaced under original warranty at no cost to me."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Windows do not have a squeegee or secondary window seal on side windows. After a car wash or rain (1+ hours) they still remain wet when rolled down, then up. Don't have the same issues with my BMW 550. Design and or cost compromise,Disappointing"

Anonymous, KY (2016 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had to replace the fuel venting valve. A little disturbing since its brand new! Warranty covered it but still"

Ryan G., IL (2016 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

"Front bumper molding covering Tow Connection on bumper fascia feel off after 2 months. replaced by dealer- headache"

Anonymous, KY (2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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

Climate System

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

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