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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$28,430
BASE MSRP
$30,900
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The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm. Read more »
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Perhaps the best way to view the X1 is as a 1-series five-door hatchback, reconstituted in a shape designed to appeal to Americans.

Car and Driver

It still can't match the designer chic of the Evoque, but it no longer feels like a cast-off by comparison.

Edmunds

When you see the X1 around other crossovers and SUVs, its significantly lower roofline makes it hard to imagine it as any sort of off-roader

Motor Trend

If you can overlook its crossover-ness (or look over it, as the X1's roof is 4.3 inches lower than a CR-V's) you might just like it.

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$30,900 $38,800
MSRP $30,900
INVOICE $28,430
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RWD 4-Door sDrive28i
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Large Cars
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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2015 BMW X1 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6, 3.0 L
All Wheel Drive
$ 35,695 $ 38,800
2015 BMW X1 AWD 4-Door xDrive28i
AWD 4-Door xDrive28i
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
All Wheel Drive
$ 30,085 $ 32,700
2015 BMW X1 RWD 4-Door sDrive28i
RWD 4-Door sDrive28i
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 28,430 $ 30,900

The Basics:

The BMW X1 has been a known quantity for years in Europe; but it's a relatively recent add to the U.S. market. And it seems like BMW's perfect solution to nailing down style-savvy urbanites with an occasional hankering for off-pavement travel. That is, as long as they're the kind who won't pay too much attention to the price.

Thanks to its taller ride height and available all-wheel drive, the 2015 BMW X1 might appeal to rugged types, or it may simply boost the confidence of snow belt dwellers. However, it's smaller than the mid-size X3 crossover, which should still be your go-to if you plan on putting adults in the back seat.

The X1 resides somewhere between hot hatchbacks and curt crossovers. At first glance you might think of a 3-Series wagon, mashed a little shorter and lifted a few inches in height. It has BMW's "Sport-Activity Vehicle" profile down pat, yet it's not all that convincing that this isn't a car; there's little in the way of design cues to suggest a pavement-free adventure could happen at any moment. The controls are right where existing BMW drivers expect them; but Any 3-Series driver will take command at the X1's wheel in an instant: the controls are just where BMW drivers expect them. For the rest of us, the very anatomical look is good, but the smattering of dissimilar controls isn't.

Unless you need a vehicle that's almost quick enough to deserve the M badge, you'll be perfectly happy with either of the four-cylinder X1 models. Otherwise, we wouldn't describe many crossovers as eager, but the X1 really seems to earn it. All-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i and rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i models move plenty quick with BMW's natty 2.0-liter turbo four under the hood. It's direct-injected, with 240 hp, and teamed with a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic. The potent 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six that's found in the X1 xDrive35iscoots this sled to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, but drops the EPA Combined figure to 21 mpg. The sDrive28i gets precise-feeling electric power steering, while the 35i xDrive models have excellent, well-weighted hydraulic power steering, as well as excellent vehicle dynamics.

Refinement is one step down than the X3; there's a little more engine exhaust resonance than we'd like, a little road noise as well, and more body roll than you'll find in other vehicles with the sport package, but the X1 handles really well, even over terrible pavement surfaces.

Front-seat accommodations are fine for even tall adults; although a tight center console limits the storage bin, and only permits one front-seat cupholder on the console; instead of folding out, a second one hangs aside to knock passengers' knees. The driving position is one of the lower and more carlike among these kinds of vehicles. In back, the X1 is missing only a little legroom compared to the X3, but you're not going to fit three adults across. Cargo space is what's missing compared to its larger sibling; but those back seats recline and fold nearly flat.

The 2015 BMW X1 is respectable for safety, but its roster of safety options is nowhere near as impressive as that of BMW's larger vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the X1 top 'good' tests for frontal, side, and rear impact, as well as a 'good' score for roof strength—albeit with a potentially worrisome 'marginal' score in the new, more rigorous small overlap frontal test. A rearview camera is also missing from the standard-features list.

The X1 does offer a standard USB port; power features; automatic climate control; and HD radio. But a sticker price over $40k is easily within reach if you dip into the options list, which shows a panoramic glass roof; mobile-app connectivity; satellite radio; a cold-weather package; and Harmon Kardon audio.

 









 

Likes:

  • Smooth, responsive eight-speed automatic
  • Gutsy turbo four
  • Highway gas mileage
  • Steering feel (AWD models)

Dislikes:

  • Boomy powertrains
  • Tight cargo space with back seats up
  • Rearview camera is optional
  • Confusing secondary controls
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