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2015 BMW X1 Review

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2015 BMW X1 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

The 2015 X1 is the smallest among BMW's expanding line of X model crossover SUVs, slotting below the more established X3 and X5 and the new X4. Starting just under $32,000, the 5-passenger X1 is also the least-expensive way to get into a new BMW – and not much more than mainstream compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV. Though it's the baby of the family, the X1 retains BMW's performance-meets-luxury persona, plus good fuel economy. Available in rear-drive or all-wheel drive and endowed with the same turbocharged 4- or 6-cylinder engines as its larger siblings, the X1 has spry acceleration and BMW's renowned dynamic handling that set it apart from rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Acura RDX and Buick Encore.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small 5-passenger SUV that offers European badge appeal and more than just lip service to road-going performance, the X1 is a tempting choice. Models equipped with the 4-cylinder are surprisingly fuel-efficient, too.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you have or plan to have a growing family, the X1 may be too small. The X3 or X5 offer more room, as does the Acura RDX, Lexus RX or Infiniti's 3-row JX. If towing is a priority, look to the Audi Q5 and its 4,400-pound rating.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.5
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
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Consumer Rating

9.2 out of 10
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2015 BMW X1 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

Still fresh from its debut two years ago, there are no major changes for the 2015 BMW X1 crossover SUV.

Driving the X1
2015 BMW X1 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions BMW's X models have always been more about performance on pavement than pounding dirt, and the X1 is no different. In fact, because of its diminutive size and lighter weight,...

... the 2015 X1 feels even more agile than its larger X siblings. That the X1 can return as much fun as it does while also obtaining highway fuel economy in the low-30-mpg range is automotive icing on the cake. Despite its nimble handling, the X1 is commendably comfortable on the open road. Whether scooting around the city or hauling down the highway, power delivery is excellent with either the feisty 4-cylinder that's mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission or the stout 6-cylinder engine that uses a 6-speed. All-wheel-drive models are competent in the snow, but venturing far off the beaten path isn't the X1's strength.

2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
This small engine finds duty in BMWs as large at the 5-Series, and it's easy to see why: It packs surprising power and efficiency. With the help of turbocharging and direct-injection technology, it boasts 240 horsepower and fuel economy of up to 34 mpg.

ULTIMATE PACKAGE
Suitable for The Ultimate Driving Machine, this feature-laden pack bundles biggies like a navigation system and panoramic moonroof with smaller but thoughtful touches such as ambient lighting hidden in the outer door handles and a voice-command feature that lets you record up to five minutes of spoken notes.

2015 BMW X1 Details
2015 BMW X1 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 BMW X1's cabin is a mix of sophistication and minimalism. Buttons and knobs are kept to a minimum and the driving position is great, keeping with BMW's driver-first design philosophy. The standard seating material in this 2-row, 5-passenger compact SUV is SensaTec, a faux leather. The X1's jet-fighter gear selector looks cool but can be confusing at first. Rear-seat legroom isn't plentiful, but passengers do have the ability to recline for added comfort. The X1 offers 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the 40/20/40-split rear seats folded. With seats up, there's 12.7 cubic feet of space, comparable to a trunk.

Exterior
2015 BMW X1 photo

Keeping with the family resemblance of other X models, the X1 looks like a slightly smaller version of its X3. Rather than blocky SUV panels and high ground clearance, this baby Bimmer sits low and sports a long hood, sweeping lines and an arching roof. Silver-lined trays under the front and rear bumpers give a touch of ruggedness, while roof-mounted cargo rails do the same while offering the practical benefit of securing bikes, boards and other gear.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 BMW X1 is available in three trims: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and the top-line xDrive35i. A base sDrive28i is nicely equipped with dynamic cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic climate control, though you'll have to adjust the front seats manually. Standard audio in all X1s is provided by an 8-speaker, 180-watt AM/FM/CD system with HD radio and USB/auxiliary inputs. The xDrive28i adds all-wheel drive instead of rear-drive. The xDrive35i amplifies the X1 experience with a 6-cylinder engine, power front seats, xenon headlights, a panoramic moonroof, and 18-inch wheels. All 2015 X1 models include four years/50,000 miles of no-cost maintenance.

Optional Equipment

Upgrades abound for the X1, with most options bundled into packages. Among the most popular are a rearview camera, leather interior, a 3D navigation system with an 8.8-inch screen and 80-gig hard drive, and an 11-speaker/340-watt harman/kardon sound system. The BMW Online and BMW Apps subscription service offers real-time news and weather updates along with Google Local Search and connectivity to social networks. A trio of "lines" – M Sport, Sport and xLine – add sport suspensions, special wheels and trim bits. Not offered are preventive safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and automatic braking systems.

Under the Hood
2015 BMW X1 Engine photo

Two engines are available in the 2015 BMW X1. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is powerful and efficient. Both of those models ("sDrive" equals rear-wheel drive, "xDrive" means all-wheel drive) are mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and feature an auto start/stop function that cuts engine operation at idle. This function saves fuel, but its startup can be jarring. Thankfully, disabling start/stop is easy an easy adjustment from the cockpit. Those seeking the most power should look to the xDrive35i, which features a turbocharged 6-cylinder that puts out 300 horsepower, 60 more than the 4-cylinder. That larger engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All X1 models use premium fuel. BMW does not specify a tow rating for X1.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 22/32 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
300 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg

The 2015 BMW X1 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,825 for an sDrive28i model. The all-wheel-drive xDrive28i starts at $33,695, while the top-line xDrive35i goes for $39,725. Like other European luxury cars, options easily and quickly lift these prices by thousands. An exterior paint color other than non-metallic white or black alone is an extra $550. Fully loaded, a 2015 X1 can top $49,000. In comparison, the larger Acura RDX and Infiniti QX50 (formerly EX) start around $36,000, while the Mercedes-Benz GLK is around $38,000. The smaller Buick Encore starts around $25,000, while on the other end of the spectrum the new Porsche Macan debuts at over $50,000. To get the best deal, check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their X1. Resale value of the X1 is expected to trail that of the Q5, GLK and QX50.

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2015 BMW X1 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 28 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best compact crossover I have owned

By on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fuel efficient fun and easy to drive"

Cons: "Can be small for some families"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this car in June of 2013 as a brand new 2014 model. My X1 was replacing my 2008 Buick Enclave. The X1 is much smaller than my previous Buick, but that's what we were looking for. Some people underestimate the power of a 4-Cylinder BMW has perfected this engine and it has beyond plenty of power with a top speed of 155 MPH. Great family car can fit 4 large pieces of luggage 28-34 MPG stylish, luxurious, and extremely comfortable traditional BMW. The first week i purchased it I put 4,000 miles on it and loved it every step of the way! In March I had a sensor to go out and caused my engine to run on half power but this happened in my driveway. BMW towed it in and fixed it and returned it to me 2 days later. As anyone knows sensors can go bad on any new modern vehicle. My only complaint is the hatchback when you are getting things (groceries, luggage, etc.) out of the trunk there is no protection for the paint on the bumper so if anything is dropped here it is scratched especially since my car is black. A year later I have 22,000 miles on my BMW and I have no other complaints it has been and will be a great vehicle."

From Mid-size car to a compact SAV

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive , Great Fuel Economy, X-drive"

Cons: "Add-on Cup holders, No power liftgate"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've recently purchase a leftover 2013 BMW X1 28i model and have driven just over 500 miles. I loving this SAV every moment. Making the transition from a 2010 nissan altima to this BMW entry level SAV consist of a lot research with pro and cons. First, hats off to the BMW engineers for designing a 4 cylinder engine with so much power (go Turbo) at a low range of the RPM band, this is one of the reasons I purchase this car. In addition to the X-drive and the fuel saving with the ECO-Pro. Which, so far, I get about 26-27 mpg in city driving and 30 -33 mpg highway. The interior is classic BMW, it's a spartan design. If you don't like a spartan design, do not purchase this crossover. Speaking of crossover, BMW is one of the first manufacturer's in this segment. So, of course, during my research many automotive reviewers compare this car to Range Rover Evoque. I disagree, the SAV competitors are Infiniti EX-50 or the Audi Allroad. The design intent for these competitors are the same, small package, light offroad capabilities (i.e. dirt, snow) and increase cargo area. The BMW x1 interior is great, especially with the panoramic moonroof. This is give the SAV a very open feel. The seats are firm , but comfortable. The automatic shifter takes a little time to get use too, but after a couple trips around block it becomes second nature. The 40/20/40 rear seats give you alot of flexibility, but with a small car, the legroom is compromised. It's not as bad as you may think. The Infiniti ex-50 rear legroom is almost non-existent. The X1 is comparable to the Audi allroad, with a slight advantage to the allroad due to the overall length. I've X1 without the idrive, which I am glad I did , because with the USB connector near the shifter, I can plug-in my iphone 5 and perform a number of tasks - play and control my music, plus run the navigation app (Maps or Google maps) and get turn by turn directions, while listening to my music. You'll save yourself $2,500 but you will not get the rear view camera. BTW - the 8 speakers, 180 watts sound system sounds great. Dare I say better than a nissan altima bose system ..hmmm! The add-on cupholder is really tacky. How could the BMW engineers executed and build a well-designed engine, but couldn't design a place for the second cupholder - come'on guys! At this price range - that was seriously discouraging. There are a few minor dislikes (i.e. no power liftgate, radio controls -multiple steps, run-flat tires - expensive ) but after assessing the pro and cons, I had to review the whole package. The 4 years/50,000 free maintenance, BMW assist, warranty and other perks made this a compelling purchase into a luxury brand. Transiting from a mid-size to a compact SAV was not a easy decision, but a long day -this commuter has a smile on this face when he hit the gas pedal."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Sporty ute, great milage for power and torque

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "BMW power & handling but yet great on gas"

Cons: "Could use more storage and room in hatch"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This small SUV has plenty of pep and 260 ft lb of torque at a low 1250 rpm. The 8 speed auto is quick and responsive. Handles like a sports car. Getting avg 26 mpg in mostly city driving."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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