2018 BMW X1 vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW X1
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The BMW X1 competes against other small luxury crossovers that prioritize style over substance in most cases.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA Class has a tighter back seat than the BMW X1, but is available in a performance model that’s wildly fun.

The Audi Q3 is the relative geezer in the bunch; it’s overdue for a rethink and doesn’t match up well with the X1.

The Lexus NX is available in a pricey hybrid version, although we’re not as sold on its looks.

The Lincoln MKC is available with a potent turbo-4 and all-wheel drive, but can be hugely expensive in top versions.

The Range Rover Evoque is the stylish pick of the bunch, especially in two-door form if you can find one.

2018 BMW X12018 BMW X1
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2018 Audi Q32018 Audi Q3
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2018 Lexus NX2018 Lexus NX
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2017 Lincoln MKC2018 Lincoln MKC
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
The 2018 BMW X1 is a compelling crossover pick for a budget BMW buyer who can’t do without a roundel.
The 2018 Audi Q3 offers a fun-to-drive alternative to the entry compact luxury car, but with more utility. Versus its rivals, it delivers more ride comfort and interior refinement, but less fuel efficiency.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque gets a new lease on life this year with a good powertrain upgrade that helps it stay competitive. Of course, its looks help too.
The 2018 Lexus NX is an expressively styled and comfortable compact luxury crossover, but its mix of features faces significant new competitors this year.
The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a luxury compact crossover that’s a relative value compared to others. It’s an SUV with all the amenities, but without the cachet.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class blends hatchback with crossover, with better than mixed results.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsCompact CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle2.0 TFSI Premium FWD5 Door SENX 300 FWDPremiere FWDGLA 250 SUV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utility5-DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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