Pleasing design for a crossover; potent performance; reasonable pricing for the class; considerate fuel consumption
The standard front seats are not particularly supportive
Standard equipment now includes forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, navigation with real-time traffic updates, parking sensors at both ends, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (a 12-month subscription) and remote services (including lock/unlock and stolen vehicle location).
Those who live in areas where rough winters are virtually guaranteed will find the xDrive version with the Premium package tempting. The FWD sDrive28i works well enough in most other situations. If the idea of the M Sport package sounds appealing, try and test drive it first to make sure the ride isn't too stiff for your tastes.
The 2019 BMW X1 comes as the sDrive28i ($35,945) or the xDrive28i ($37,945).
Standard features include 18-in alloy wheels, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory, vinyl upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, push-button start, a powered tailgate, forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in center screen, a USB port, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation with real-time traffic updates and a 7-speaker audio system.
An optional Convenience package brings self-dimming mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, keyless access and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Premium package has everything from the Convenience package and adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and LED headlights with cornering lights. The Luxury package includes leather upholstery and wood trim.
The M Sport package includes a dedicated suspension, re-calibrated transmission, special steering wheel with paddle shifters and an aerodynamic body kit.
Other extras include sport front seats, sliding/reclining rear seats, a 360-watt/12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless charging, Wi-Fi and adaptive cruise control with stop/go and active driving assistance.
Cargo space is 27.1 cu ft. with the rear seats up, 58.7 cu ft. when they're folded down. That's pretty good for the class. Those rear seats split and fold in 40/20/40 fashion. The front passenger seat also folds down for extra cargo versatility.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Audi Q3 -- An all-new generation debuts for this model year. It's shaping up to be a much more formidable X1 rival than the outgoing model.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class -- Attractively priced, offering a lot of equipment and a punchy turbocharged engine.
2019 Lexus UX -- A completely new model. Well built, well equipped, well priced and relatively spacious. Enthusiasts might prefer to stick with the BMW.
2019 Volvo XC40 -- Also completely new. Attractive, practical and keenly priced.
Used BMW X3 -- For more power, space and performance, consider an X3. Naturally, new-vehicle prices are higher, but a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) model could suit the budget and perhaps bring more equipment.