There is no doubt that the compact luxury crossover segment is booming more than ever before. With new competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lexus NX, and the Audi Q3, you can see that there is a strong demand for compact luxury crossovers in the market. One of the earliest adapters to the segment was BMW with their X1 and that’s the vehicle of our conversation today.
Think of the BMW X1 as a tall hatchback rather than a compact crossover. Why? Well, because it has all of the BMW formula we have learned to love including a sporty suspension, tight steering, and a spirited powerful engine. Yes, the new BMW X1 may not be as sporty as its predecessor, but the new 2016 BMW X1 offers all-wheel-drive, a comfortable ride, and enough ground clearance to tackle adverse weather conditions and muddy roads – and those tend to be the things shoppers in this segment look for. Let’s take a closer look at the BMW X1.
Design-wise, the BMW X1 incorporates all of the design cues from the brand’s other X vehicles. It has a sporty, aggressive, and elegant design theme that is edgy and polarizing without crossing the line. When compared to the outgoing BMW X1, the new X1 looks to have a more grown up and luxurious look in order to appeal to a larger number of buyers.
The exterior of the 2016 BMW X1 is highlighted by the large signature kidney grille with LED Daytime Running Lights (which are now standard) with LED headlights available as an option. The exterior also features flared wheel arches, squared contour of the wheel cutouts, a roof spoiler, and lower air intakes.
The 2016 BMW X1 sits on a wheelbase that measures 105.1 inches with an overall vehicle length of 175.4 inches. The overall width comes in at 71.7 inches while the overall height comes in at 62.5 inches. Ground clearance has been increased by 1.7 inches for a total of 7.2 inches.
In our opinion, the new 2016 BMW X1 is one of the sharpest looking compact luxury crossovers in the segment and definitely holds its own in a crowd that is being bombarded with some serious competition.
Take a seat inside the 2016 BMW X1 and you’re welcomed by a very familiar interior that is in line with the brand’s other vehicles – especially the BMW 2-Series. Right in the center is the iDrive operating system’s display that comes in a standard high-resolution 6.5-inch or an 8.8-inch freestanding monitor as an option.
Standard interior features include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and audio streaming, iDrive with a 6.5 inches display, cruise control, USB audio connection, HiFi Sound System with 7 speakers, HD Radio, 8-way power adjustable front seats, and more. A range of packages are available as well including the Technology Package, Premium Package, Cold Weather Package, M Sport, and a Driver Assistance Plus Package. The Technology Package adds the 8.8-inch iDrive screen and touchpad controller while the Premium Package will give you LED headlights, keyless access and more. The Cold Weather Package adds heated seats and a heated steering while the M Sport package adds an aero kit, 18 or 19-inch wheels, and the M Sport suspension and steering wheel. We’ll get into the Driver Assistance Plus Package later in the Safety part of this review.
Interior room-wise, the 2016 BMW X1 offers 40.4 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 37 inches of rear legroom. Cargo space has been increased over the outgoing model by 15 percent for a total of 58.7 cubic feet of volume with the rear seats folded or 27 cubic feet with the seats in user position.
Overall, the interior is a very comfortable and roomy place to be for this luxury compact crossover.
Our 2016 BMW X1 xDrive 28i comes with standard all-wheel-drive and is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 228 horsepower with a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph for the 2016 BMW X1 comes in just 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
Fuel economy-wise, the 2016 BMW X1 offers an EPA estimated 22/32 mpg** (city/highway), which is quite impressive for a vehicle in this segment. If you’re not in the mood for saving gas you can use the Driving Dynamics Control to shift through Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport settings.
The overall ride quality of the BMW X1 is extremely comfortable and smooth. However, if you do pop it into Sport mode, you will enjoy a little bit of spirited driving that a BMW is known for.
Besides the standard list of safety features, the BMW X1 is available with a Driver Assistance Plus Package which adds lane departure warning, blind spot warning, frontal collision warning, pedestrian warning, and city collision mitigation.
Overall, the 2016 BMW X1 is sharper in every way over its predecessor. With a more grown-up look, more standard and optional features, and an overall better ride quality with standard all-wheel-drive, the BMW X1 is definitely a strong option in this segment. Prices for the 2016 BMW X1 start at $34,800*. Test drive a 2016 BMW X1 at your nearby AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.