2017 BMW X1 vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW X1
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The 2017 BMW X1 has work to do to establish a presence among a growing list of subcompact luxury crossover SUVs.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque wins on style and off-road prowess, but isn't as practical.

The Audi Q3 might have superior interior materials, but it is even smaller.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has a lower base price and offers stiff competition for the X1, especially in AMG tune.

The Volvo XC60 is a strong alternative, though larger and older.

Finally, the Acura RDX doesn't have the BMW's cachet, but offers more features and room for the money.

2016 BMW X12017 BMW X1
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2017 Acura RDX2017 Acura RDX
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2017 Audi Q32017 Audi Q3
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2017 Volvo XC602017 Volvo XC60
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
Pleasant to drive and built to a price, the 2017 BMW X1 is a mainstream subcompact crossover that is pleasant to drive but lacks the brand's "ultimate driving machine" performance.
The 2017 Acura RDX is one of the smoothest, most responsive-driving compact crossover SUVsā€”even though it prioritizes practicality.
The 2017 Audi Q3 isn't the most space-efficient or fuel-efficient in its class, but it gives compact luxury shoppers the ride comfort, easy maneuverability, and flexible cabin they seek.
The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque cloaks its off-road chops in street-smart, urbane style.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a near-luxury contender at near-luxury prices. Its safety might be its biggest strong suit, which it rightly deserves.
The 2016 Mercedes GLA isn't the roomiest of crossovers, but its luxury badge and a double shot of urban attitude give it a distinct appeal.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsSmall SUV 2WDCompact CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
sDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleFWD2.0 TFSI Premium FWD5 Door SET5 FWD DynamicFWD 4-Door GLA 250
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility5-DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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