The Guide For BMW’s Smallest SUV: BMW X1

Introducing the BMW X1

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 08-19-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

With its sharp handling and exciting performance unmatched by most small crossover SUVs, the BMW X1 stands out as a BMW vehicle worth considering.

The main selling point of small cross over SUVs is that they are ideal for small families. Either for loading up extra luggage for weekend road trips or ferrying their kids to school every day, this type of vehicle is considered by most parent as their choice. BMW caters to all sorts of family types with all their crossovers varying in shapes and size. Among that line up is their BMW X1, currently BMW’s smallest SUV in their lineup. While the X1 definitely have the ground of “sport” covered, it does not offer much utility. But against its rivals, it’s truly one entertaining option that can be a clear choice.

What You Need To Know About the BMW X1


BMW X1’s engine is available in diesel and petrol, the former coming in five different states of tune.

With 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, the BMW X1 xDrive35i gets a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 that matches to a six-speed automatic. The rear-drive X1 sDrive 28i and all-wheel drive xDrive281i, however, is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine inline that can produce 240 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. For the BMW X1, an eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard. There also a notable stop-start system that shuts off the engine when stopped in order to save fuel. The EPA estimated fuel economy sits at an outstanding 27mpg for the sDrive and 26 mpg for the xDrive.

Dubbed as 20i, the petrol offers 187hp and up to 39.8mpg depending upon the BMW x1’s configuration. Diesels are available as 16d (118hp), 20d (187hp), 20d EfficientDynamics (165), and 25d (218hp). Considered as the rocketship of the X1, this last engine of the BMW X1 can be propelled to 60mph in under 7 seconds that can be credited to the 4WD system. The EfficientDynamics cars on the other hand can provide up to 60mph in less than 8 seconds while staying efficient at 51.4mpg combined.


Considering that the X1 doesn’t match up to the height by standards of bigger SUVs, it makes up for it with the result of its handling. Surprisingly, there is a plenty of grip from the 2WD “sDrive” models and even more so from the 4WD “xDrive”. There is also notably very little body roll in terms of its performance from the dynamics.

The BMW X1 still retains its SUV characteristics, though, making the steering a bit heavy. The steering is a little on the heavy side, making it somewhat of a chore to drive around town. The ride can feel fine and comfortable on sensible wheels and regular tires with regular suspension. Although it can wander away into over squishy or over firm when the vehicle starts specifying changes—like running flat tires for example.


Cabin quality in the X1 is the typical BMW; sensible ergonomics, clear gauges, solid build, and quality materials throughout. The optional iDrive electronics may seem to be daunting at first but works great overall. Thanks to the straightforward menu and design and quick processing time, you can have complete control over navigation, smartphone functions, controlling various audio. Cabin quality in the X1 is typical BMW, meaning clear gauges, sensible ergonomics and solid build and materials quality throughout. BMW’s optional iDrive electronics interface might seem complicated before you get used to it, but overall, it works quite well for controlling various audio, navigation and smartphone functions, thanks to its straightforward menu design and fast processing times.

Although the driving position is fine, some critic the passenger space as merely adequate. The driving position is a bit higher than regular road cars but not too elevated. The boot is a good size, though it loses out to the Q3 on that front.


Every BMW X1 comes with the standard traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, full-length side airbags, front side airbags, active front-eat head restraints, and hill descent controls. Like any other BMW, the BMW Assist emergency communications system also comes standard. It provides stolen vehicle recovery, on demand roadside assistance, and provides automatic crash notification. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera come in as optional but buyers would need to select both the Driver Assistance Package and Technology package to avail them.



HORSEPOWER: 240 hp @ 5000 rpm

TORQUE: 260 ft-lbs. @ 1250 rpm

FUEL ECONOMY- 22/32 mpg

TRANSMISSION- 8-speed Shiftable Automatic



DRIVE TYPE: All wheel drive


0-60MPH- 5.2 SECS


Does the BMW X1 perform? An astounding YES! Paired with the eight-speed automatic, the 228 hp-engine roars 60mph in just over six seconds and the throttle responds with alacrity. And, as usual, you’ll have several driving modes available.

But aside from the features that the performance delivers, there are also a few handy touches to the BMW X1, too. For example, a fold-flat front passenger seat can be ordered with your X1. And each of the four doors of the vehicle is capable of holding one-liter water bottles. The Extended Storage feature also comes standard, which notes that there are tie down points and nets dotted around the cabin. Also, as with every other BMW, it comes with an automatic tailgate. And to achieve what every cross-over SUV needs, it’s downright comfortable. There are enough room in the back and enough head and legroom, too.

Like any other BMW model, the BMW X1 can also be ordered in any of their three ‘lines’. The Sport line and xLine allows you to customize the vehicle’s seats, rims, and interior trim. The M Sports line allows you to make the 19-inch rims available, add a body kit, and tighten up the suspension. When the M Sport line is selected, your eight-speed autobox will also get paddle shifters.

To address the gripe of previous models, the new body now has a significantly bigger cabin. Even when the front seats are pushed back, the rear passengers can still travel in comfort. Also, the driver and front passenger sit higher than before, another significant improvement towards the driver-centered BMW X1. Though that’s not what most racers on the track are looking for, it’s a welcome for drivers in their everyday commute where the car is typically used for.

As with all their vehicles, the BMW X1 comes with an extensive line of options. While the standard equipment is more than good enough, be careful in adding too many options as they can be a bit expensive. Be aware of fixed-price servicing deals as they can help keep the running costs in check.

For those who would like to choose the BMW X1 in hopes of enjoying a BMW driving experience, we guarantee that it will be an undeniably impressive experience. Though you won’t get the same experience in their sedan series, feel of driving with this crossover will suffice your hopes.


√  Strong engines

√ Sport sedan-like handling

√ Quick acceleration

√ Good fuel economy.


× Small cargo capacity

× Cramped backseat

× Automatic stop-start system is intrusive

× Slightly odd looks


bmw fun fact 4

BMW is still making WWII-era parts.

If you’re planning on racing your classic BMW 328, you can still buy a brand new transmission for it via the BMW Classic program. That program is so thorough that a group of mechanics just built a factory new 1976 R90s Motorcycle by ordering all the parts from them online.