2017 BMW X1

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2017 MODEL

$33,750 - $35,750

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The demand of Luxury Crossovers has increased rapidly in the US in past few years. So, to meet the demands of the customers, BMW launched the BMW X1. The cars design is inspired from the BMW X3 but it stands a tad bit short than the latter. Or you can call the BMW X1 as the smaller sibling of the X3.

The 2017 X1 costs $33,750 for its base variant. It features a 2.0L Turbo Engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. From the iconic BMW headlights, insane powerhouse under its hood, to the high-quality luxurious interior this SUV is loaded with hi-end safety and luxury features, BMW iDrive infotainment system making it a true BMW from its core.

Other than the X1, go a little down and you might love to consider the seductive Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, the classy Audi Q3 Premium and a little more affordable and economical Infiniti QX30.


7.1/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.7/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2017 BMW X1 costs $33,750 for its base variant. It features a 2.0L Turbo Engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. From the iconic BMW headlights, insane powerhouse under its hood, to the high-quality luxurious interior this SUV is loaded with hi-end safety and luxury features, BMW iDrive infotainment system making it a true BMW from its core.

2017 BMW X1 Features

7.1/10

The BMW X1 has two trim specifications – sDrive and xDrive. The base sDrive28i costs $33,750 and features a front-wheel drivetrain. Another trim is the xDrive28i which gets all the features of the sDrive variant but with BMW’s all-wheel-drive system. But, the real excitement is actually hidden in the packages that BMW offers.

Trim

sDrive28i

xDrive28i

MSRP

$33,750

$35,750

Key Features

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Same as the sDrive28i
Front Fog Lamps  
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints  
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls an Voice Activation
 
 
Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets  
Metal-Look Bodyside Insert, Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim  
Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access  
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front and Rear Floor Mats  

The BMW X1 offers you multiple available packages namely Luxury package, BMW’s famous M-sport Package, Driver Assistance, and Driver Assistance Plus and some new packages like Technology and Cold-Weather Packages.

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2017 BMW X1 Engine

8.5/10

Most shoppers will be happy with the X1's turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It delivers its power in a silky, linear fashion under most driving conditions and returns solid fuel economy relative to its power rating. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

There’s one thing great with the BMW is that they don’t compromise with the power in their cars. X1 comes equipped with the same engine as its bigger sibling, the BMW X3. The sDrive28i gets an engine upgrade, unlike the older inline 6-cylinder engine it now features a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drivetrain. This Turbocharged powerhouse produces 228 bhp and 258 lb.-ft of torque just enough to go wild or go to the wild.

Models

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

MSRP

$33,750

$29,950

$31,800

$32,850

Engine

2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder 16V DOHC

2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder

2.0L I-4 Turbo w/Direct Injection

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

228 hp

208hp

200hp

208hp

Torque

258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

207 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

The QX30 and the GLA 250 offer a 2-liter turbocharged engine and share the same power and torque of 208 hp and 258lb.-ft respectively. The Q3 is the most underpowered car in the segment as it makes only 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

Acceleration

The X1, with is 228 hp engine, races from 0-60 mph in a mere 6.6 sec with a quarter mile margin of 15.2 sec, quite powerful for a compact SUV. The reason behind X1’s quick acceleration is its smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and of course its powerful engine.

Models

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

15.2 sec

14.9 sec

16.1 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

6.6

7.7

6.5

Unfortunately, the BMW isn't the best performer in the class because the Infiniti shows some insane acceleration and leads the segment like a boss. The Merc features similar engine and produces the same amount of torque as QX30 and X1 but is way slower than them. As for the classy Audi, it is the slowest to reach the 60MPH mark.

Ride and Handling

Just like any other BMW car, the X1 impresses with its handling. It is precise, agile, responsive, its compact body increases mobility compared to other SUVs, its front-wheel drivetrain helps in smooth acceleration. The X1 cuts corners smoothly and precisely while the traction control got you covered in case you messed up a little.

The electric power steering, automatic shifting and cruise control takes care of drive comfort and the 4-wheel independent suspension makes sure of your comfort on any bump or uneven roads keeping the vehicle stable and vibration free. The car has three drive modes available, Sport, comfort and Eco-pro mode. In sports, the steering gets heavier and throttle gets more responsive, switch to comfort and things go the other way around. For better fuel efficiency, choose the Eco-pro mode.

 Braking

With great accelerating power comes great stopping responsibility. Thus, the Beemer’s braking is handled by 12.9 inches disc brakes at the front and 12.5 inches at the rear. These big brakes are able to stop this Crossover from 60 MPH in just 112 feet, pretty good for a car carrying this much of weight. The brakes respond well and don’t feel touchy.

Model

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Brake Front (in.)

12.9

12.6

12.3

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.5

11.6

11.1

11.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3543

3280

3494

3296

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

106

108

120

As for the competition, the Infiniti leads the segment with a 60-0 stopping distance of 106 feet which is followed by the Audi, thanks to their lightweight body. The Mercedes is the lightest car amongst the rivals and takes 120 feet to stop which is quite disappointing.

2017 BMW X1 Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The BMW offers great fuel economy better than its previous model thanks to its all-new engine. The X1 offers an average mileage of 23/32 mpg in city/highway with a combined mileage of 26 mpg. It is not the most fuel efficient but for an SUV it is impressive.

Model

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

MPG (city)

23

24

20

24

MPG (highway)

32

33

28

33

MPG (combined)

26

27

23

27

The QX30 and GLA 250 have the same fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined. Audi is the least efficient car here as it travels 20 miles in the city, 28 miles on the highway and a combined of 23 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

2017 BMW X1 Interior

8.7/10

The current X1 has one of the most elegant cabins in the price range. The dash looks and feels expensive, combining BMW's classic analog gauges with modern technology and high-quality materials, but you'll need to pony up extra for the larger 8.8-inch display to enjoy the full effect. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 X1 features a classy looking luxurious interior with high-quality upholstery, several luxury and comfort features and it also has a Luxury package to add in some extra luxury features. But the surprising thing is that in spite of being smaller its interior is pretty spacious. This 4-door SUV can accommodate 5 people easily and features 8-way power adjustable bucket front seats.

As for the rear seat, it has split folding rear seats with folding center armrest and ventilation ducts. The Beemer features a multi-function steering wheel, the driver-side door features several controls for windows, mirror, cargo while drive modes and other control are on the center console for easier access It also has several storage compartments other than the standard ones at the front and rear.

Model

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.0/56.7/40.4

38.4/54.8/41.3

36.9/55.8/40

38.3/54.8/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/57.2/37.0

37.5/53.1/33.5

37.0/53.6/31.1

38.4/53.1/33.9

BMW has the best blend of front and rear space, followed by the Merc and Infiniti. Audi isn't too far behind though, although rear-seat passengers might feel cramped around the knees.

Infotainment System

The BMW X1 infotainment system doesn’t pack something revolutionary. A little touch-pad allows you to draw alphabet to directly enter a preset menu. It features a 6.5-inch HD in-dash display

  • 6.5-inch Infotainment Screen
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • USB Connection
  • 7(total) Speakers
  • 205-watt stereo output
  • USB with External Media Control

The infotainment does not even feature Android Auto or Apple CarPlay which makes its infotainment system one of its big disadvantages.

Cargo volume

The cargo volume offered by the X1 is one of its greatest advantages. The X1 features 27.1 cubic foot of cargo volume which is massive for a compact SUV which can be upgraded to 58.7 cubic foot thanks to its split folding seats. It also has underfloor storage compartment and power release for folding rear seats.

Model

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

27.1

19.2

16.7

17.2

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

58.7

34.0

48.2

43.6

The X1 has the best cargo space available when the rear seats are in use as well as when they are folded. Infiniti offers decent cargo space but lacks when the rear seats are down. Q3 and GLA have low storage capacity when the rear seats are in use but when the rear seats are not in use, the cargo space is pretty decent.

2017 BMW X1 Exterior

8.0/10

A smart use of under-floor compartments maximizes storage in the back, while the size of the door openings and seat placement make it easy to move in and out of the cabin. - Edmunds

Weight and Dimensions

The X1 is pretty much similar to its older version or the X2 or X3 in terms of looks except being smaller in size. It looks aggressive, the smooth edges and curves define its muscular body design while the kidney-style Grille and iconic LED lights compliment its aggressive looks. The car has a very stunning rear profile complimented by LED Taillights.

The X1 is 174.8-inch long and 71.7-inch wide with a body height of 63.5-inch. It has massive 6.9-inch ground clearance perfect for some adventure runs or some insane off-road trip and the 105.1-inch wheelbase keeps the vehicle stable. Despite its small body design, the Beemer is pretty spacious from inside.

Model

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Infiniti QX30

Audi Q3 Premium

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Curb weight (lbs.)

3543

3280

3494

3296

Length(in)

174.8

174.2

172.8

173.9

Width(in)

71.7

82.0

72.1

71.0

Height(in)

63.5

58.9

62.5

60.0

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

6.8

6.7

6.6

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

106.3

102.5

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/61.5

61.9/61.9

61.1/61.2

61.8/61.4

The widest car here is the QX30 and it also has the longest wheelbase amongst the rivals. BMW wins when it comes to the ground clearance and length of the car.

2017 BMW X1 Safety

7.0/10

The BMW X1 is loaded with standard, hi-end and new safety features making it one of the safest SUV in its class. Its standard features include.

  • DSC-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

NHTSA Safety Rating

Overall Safety Rating 5 Star
Front Driver Side rating 4 Star
Front Passenger Side 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Barrier Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rear Passenger 5 Star
Overall Side Pole Rating 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

IIHS Safety rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
front crash prevention Superior
Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Advanced
Headlights Moderate
Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

2017 BMW X1 Competition

BMW X1 vs Infiniti QX30

The Infiniti is what we call a true challenger. With a price tag of $29,950 the QX30 features a 208 hp engine, it is not only cheaper but also less powerful theoretically. But in reality, the car beats the better-endowed BMW in terms of performance. The Infiniti has better fuel economy, more powerful braking but it has less interior space and cargo space.

There is no denying to the fact that the Infiniti is better than BMW in some aspect and its price give it a huge advantage but the Beemer is more luxurious, spacious, versatile and has a lot to show off.

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 Premium

The Q3 is a very elegant looking sub-compact SUV with loads of luxury features and comfort. It has a 200bhp engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and only costs $31,800. The Audi is one nice car in itself with true business focused styling at an affordable price. It falls a bit flat, especially in terms of performance.

2017 BMW X1 Final Verdict

The X1 is a sub-compact Luxury SUV. It is one of the most affordable cars BMW has made so far. The X1 is not made only to provide luxury, its powerful engine, and compact body design, as well as luxurious interiors and impressive fuel efficiency, make it a family-friendly SUV perfectly suited for daily urban use.

Pros

Massive Cargo Space

Luxurious Interiors

Cons

Outdated Infotainment System

What's New?

New 4-cylinder turbocharged Engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33750

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

129 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.5 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.9 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

174.8 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

63.5 in.

curb weight

3543 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

899 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/32 mpg

highway range

515.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 BMW X1 in Sparkling Brown Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Mineral White Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Mineral Gray Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Mediterranean Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Jet Black color  2017 BMW X1 in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW X1 in Dark Olive Metallic color
Sparkling Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.1

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Comfort

7.4

Driving

8.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW X1 sDrive28i

sDrive28i

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$33,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $33,750 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i

xDrive28i

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$35,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,750 MSRP (22/25/31) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA