The 2014 BMW X1 has the profile and look of a crossover, but it's really no worse than most small, economical hatchbacks. Among the three versions of the X1 we get in the U.S., two of them get an EPA Combined rating above 25 mpg.
Those two versions are the sDrive28i and xDrive28i models, which have the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The rear-drive X1 gets 24 miles per gallon city, and 34 miles per gallon highway, the agency reports, with a combined rating of 28 mpg; with all-wheel drive, the turbo-four X1 is scored at 22/33 mpg and 26 mpg combined.
The X1 powered by BMW's turbocharged in-line six-cylinder is considerably less frugal. It's rated at 18 miles per gallon city, and 27 miles per gallon highway, for a combined rating of 21 mpg. It doesn't offer stop/start; its six-speed automatic isn't designed to handle the mechanical stresses induced by the system.
Four-cylinder models come equipped with an ECO PRO function and stop/start. ECO PRO maps the X1's throttle and eight-speed automatic transmission shift points, as well as its climate-control settings, to help with small, discrete gains in fuel economy. Stop/start offers more measurable differences, and although the system can be unexpectedly jarring at times, it's smoother than the one we've observed in BMW's six-cylinder-powered cars.