The BMW X1 is entry-level crossover SUV, but its prices can quite easily be driven up to a price range that's hardly affordable--even among BMWs.
Standard features are mostly good. Every X1 comes standard with power windows, locks, and heated mirrors; automatic climate control; LED taillights; AM/FM/HD radio with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary jack; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function controls; roof rails; and automatic headlights. The six-cylinder X1 adds on more features--standard power front seats, panoramic sunroof, variable-ratio power steering, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams--which are available on the four-cylinder model as options.
If you're used to more advanced voice-control systems, you'll find the one associated with iDrive to be a bit muddled. In sampling a few destinations, we were able to drill down to a certain level of navigation--say, to local parks--by voice, when we were directed to the iDrive controller for further action. Systems such as MyFord Touch or Cadillac CUE allow more voice control to select on-screen options, but we're unaware of a similar mode on this BMW.
All models can be fitted with satellite radio, a chrome package, and a Harmon Kardon surround-sound system.
Other option packages include a safety setup with parking sensors and a rearview camera; a technology package with Bluetooth and audio streaming, operator-driven BMW Assist, and navigation with voice commands and real-time traffic; BMW Apps, a Bluetooth connection that also enables Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, and other mobile Web services via smartphone; and a cold-weather package with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
Enthusiasts should look long and hard at the M Sport package, which tightens up the X1's suspension and adds 18-inch wheels with staggered rear tires--or swaps out the package for 19-inch wheels. It includes sport seats and a sport steering wheel, a choice of interior trim, body add-ons, and on all-wheel-drive models, variable-torque-split xDrive.