The BMW X1 is BMW’s second generation smallest crossover vehicle in production that has incorporated the latest safety and technology upgrades. BMW has focused on producing a perfect car, where all issues that popped up in other first generation model have been solved in this version. Despite having a mini SUV-like exterior shape, the BMW X1 delivers high-quality driving experiences similar to its elder brothers such as the X3 and X5. It earned the 10Best award in 2017 due to its excellent driving and handling experience, while receiving a score of 8.5 when evaluated in the luxury subcompact SUV category. It has attractive and special features that have increased its market share as well as new BMW X1 lovers. Features such as accurate handling, revved engine, and its advanced sporty suspension make the car deliver a unique driving sensation. Its beautiful and roomy interior offers high comfort levels for such a small car. Additionally, its 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine produces enough power to tackle muddy roads and bad weather without any issue. Lastly, the BMW X1’s affordability has made it extremely attractive to mid-level income earners, where they can easily maintain it and get a thrilling BMW driving experience.

Performance and MPG

The BMW X1 is available with one petrol engine and three diesel engines, which is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and has an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces a maximum torque and horsepower of 258 and 228 respectively, which offers laudable towing power. The car is also available as an AWD or 4WD. It has an EPA of 26 mpg, doing 23 and 32 miles in the city and highways respectively. The BMW X1 finely tuned engine easily achieves a quick acceleration from 0-60mph in a mere 6.5 seconds, which is rather impressive.

Safety Features and Reliability

Safety is one of the features that BMW has focused on and implemented in its new car models, and the BMW X1 has numerous safety features to improve its driving efficiency. The standard safety features include antilock disc braking system, traction and stability control, airbags (front, side, full-length and front knee), hill descent controlling system and head seat restraints. Front and rearview cameras, automatic collision warning, lane departure notification and parking sensors systems assists in correctly parking of the car as well as informing the driver of the car’s immediate environment.

Technology and Interior Design

The BMW X1 has a beautiful interior design; especially its dashboard is designed to have an expensive and distinctive look, which easily attracts the eye. It has a central module made up of an 8.8” display and classic analog gauges to give the console an executive and sophisticated look. The car also has reclining rear seats that can handle a maximum of approximately 58 cubic feet of storage space from its 17 cubic feet of storage when the rear seats are upright. The new iDrive technology by BMW introduces an improved and integrated touchpad that enables easier menu and car functionalities access.

Driving Experience

As the BMW X1 has a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine and a maximum torque and horsepower of 258 and 228 respectively, it has the required power to ensure you experience the best drive of your life. With extras such as 4WD and a twin turbo available, the BMW X1 aims to deliver a driving experience like no other. Its finely tuned engine ensures a quieter ride than the previous generation while the presence of firm suspensions and precise steering ensures that the car achieves high handling levels. Overall, the BMW X1 has achieved a nicely balanced and a progressive second generation luxury subcompact SUV.


Economic vehicle
Numerous customization options
Relatively affordable
Raised seating position
Better materials that have improved safety of the car
New driving options
Improved handling
Enough safety features


Compact in overall size
Lack of a 6-cylinder engine alternative
Transmission reluctance during downshift