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2018 BMW X1 review

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BMW X1 highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Plenty of power
  • Athletic handling
  • Lots of room for passengers and cargo

Cons

  • Ride quality may be too firm
  • No Android Auto™
  • More expensive than some rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 31 highway, 25 combined

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The 2018 BMW X1 is a fun yet practical SUV

There's a strong chance that you don't need all of the space a midsize BMW X5 or even a compact X3 provide. If you're of the mindset of "Why should I pay for something I don't need?" perhaps the subcompact 2019 BMW X1 could be a good fit. Despite its petite footprint, the X1 is surprisingly accommodating inside.

For 2018, the X1's lineup has been organized into distinct trim levels rather than last year's series of option packages. Other changes include a standard rearview camera and options that include Apple CarPlay® and a wireless charging pad.

In addition to its spacious rear seats and large cargo capacity, we credit the BMW X1 for its sporty driving dynamics that make it one of the most entertaining choices in the subcompact luxury SUV class. In these categories, the X1 bests the Mercedes-Benz GLB, and Audi Q3.

All BMW X1 years

What is new for the 2018 BMW X1?

  • X1 trims have been upgraded with Rear View Camera, Heated Steering Wheel, and Run Flat Tires as standard equipment this year.
  • Apple CarPlay features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 BMW X1 trims

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SDrive28i:

  • 228-hp, 258-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Smart Key
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seats
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XDrive28i:

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 BMW X1

What We Like

Powerful and quick: Acceleration is brisk with the BMW X1. It accelerates to 60 mph in only 6.5 seconds, which is quicker than anything else in this class. This is all down to the potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower, as well as BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system that noticeably improves traction.

Sporty handling: Not only is the X1 quick, but it's also fun to drive on a twisty mountain road. The suspension is tuned for sporty handling with stiffer springs and shocks to counter body roll. Available all-wheel drive pays dividends by greatly improving traction and, by extension, driver confidence. This is the choice if you're looking to have a bit of fun behind the wheel.

Interior space: As fun as the BMW X1 is to drive, it's also very practical and convenient. The rear seats can easily accommodate adult-size passengers and the large 27-cubic-foot cargo capacity is as big as it gets among subcompact SUVs. As an added bonus, the low cargo floor should make loading heavy and bulky objects that much easier.

What Needs Improvement

Compromised ride quality: Sadly, you can't have everything. An unfortunate side effect to the BMW X1's sporty handling is its stiff ride quality. Imperfections in the road surface are more noticeable than if you were riding in one of its competitors, which can result in more fatigue on longer trips. For drivers seeking more thrills, this compromise may be well worth a little comfort, so we suggest paying close attention when test-driving it.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

9 customer reviews
The 2018 BMW X1 is a small, luxury car that customers like for its style and performance. Customers also like the car's size and fuel economy.
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RepairPal gave the BMW X1 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X1 11th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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BMW X1 features and specs

SDrive28i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

228

Torque (ft-lbs)

258

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16.1

Wheelbase

105.1"

Overall length

175.4"

Width

71.7"

Height

62.9"

Leg room

F 40.4"/R 37"

Head room

F 41.9"/R 39.4"

Front tires

P225/50VR18

Rear tires

P225/50VR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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