The BMW X1's size and price put it in a segment without many natural competitors--other than its corporate cousin, the MINI Countryman.
The MINI's built on an unrelated platform, but isn't much bigger than the X1.
Still it yields a little more interior space, though its styling isn't quite as harmonious, and yet it offers a top option of a turbo four with a manual transmission and a new John Cooper Works sport edition.
The Range Rover Evoque is far more expensive than the base X1, but it's also more spacious.
It comes only with a turbo four engine, but it's a knockout in terms of style, and its choice of three- or five-door body styles could make a difference in toting passengers on a regular basis.
For something in the same pricing range but with far more luxury content, you might look at a mass-market vehicle like the Ford Escape.
It's in the same performance and size niche, has excellent handling--and for the X1's price, can be fitted with features like active park assist, MyFord Touch voice controls, leather seating, and a hands-free power tailgate.
|2013 BMW X1||2013 Ford Escape||2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque||2012 MINI Cooper Countryman|
|$30,800Browse Used Listings||$22,470Browse Used Listings||$41,145Browse Used Listings||$21,750Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||Sport Utility 4WD||Compact|
|RWD 4-Door 28i||FWD 4-Door S||5-Door HB Pure||FWD 4-Door|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual|