2020 BMW X1

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BMW X1 highlights

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


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

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

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2020 BMW X1: The practical performer

It's always a good idea to get the smallest vehicle that meets your needs. Not only will it be more affordable to purchase, but it will likely come with better fuel economy estimates, too. One of our favorite vehicles to downsize into is the 2020 BMW X1, as it delivers a lot more in the way of practicality and performance than other subcompact luxury SUVs.

The 2020 X1's appeal was extended with updated exterior styling and a larger grille. On the inside, the previous year's 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen was replaced by a larger 8.8-inch display as standard equipment.

The 2020 BMW X1 is a standout against other subcompact luxury SUVs with its powerful engine and sporty handling, as well as its spacious rear seats and large cargo capacity. The ride quality can be too stiff for some shoppers, though, so we suggest comparing it with the Mercedes-Benz GLB, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 to see which fits your needs best.

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What is new for the 2020 BMW X1?

  • Automated Parking and Remote Start features are now available as options on select trims.

2020 BMW X1 trims

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  • 228-hp, 258-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Smart Key
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • View our BMW X1 SDrive28i inventory


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5 reasons to buy the 2020 BMW X1

What We Like

Quick acceleration: The BMW X1 accelerates to 60 mph in a mere 6.4 seconds, making it one of the quickest SUVs in its class. The powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine deserves a lot of credit, along with the added traction courtesy of available all-wheel drive and its eight-speed transmission that delivers quick and smooth gear changes.

Fun-to-drive: All work and no play make for a boring SUV, but the X1 is one of the most playful choices in the class. Its suspension is tuned for sporty handling, and it expertly reduces body roll when cornering while the steering enhances the experience with sharp responses. Opting for the xDrive all-wheel-drive system further improves performance with an abundance of traction.

Practicality: If you're worried the small BMW X1 won't hold everything you need, you could probably put that fear to rest. The X1 is much larger inside than you might expect. Adult passengers are easily accommodated in the rear seats, and the 27.1-cubic-foot cargo capacity is noticeably larger than the competition.

What Needs Improvement

Rough ride: As much as we like the BMW X1's sporty handling, it comes at a cost. The stiffer suspension tuning transmits a lot more bumps and ruts from the road into the cabin and can make for a busy and uncomfortable ride over rough pavement. The run-flat tires don't help matters, as more conventional tires are more compliant.

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

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
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • 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
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

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