The current, second generation X1 is roomy and fuel efficient for the class of entry luxury SUVs and brimming with technology. However, it abdicates some BMW's core qualities of handling agility and refinement. 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.
The X1 comes with a 228-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front and all-wheel drive are available.
Sixty mph arrives in 7.9 seconds, reasonable acceleration for the class. The engine revs freely; it feels always alert should you require a burst of speed to squirt through traffic. The automatic transmission performs smooth and impressively quick upshifts. Fuel economy of 26 mpg overall for the all-wheel drive is right there with the best small SUVs.