- BMW’s smallest crossover/SUV
- Two turbocharged engine choices; rear- or all-wheel drive
- Carryover for 2015 with minimal changes
The 2015 BMW X1 is the smallest SUV BMW offers, putting plenty of utility into a smaller package.
The X1 debuted in 2013 and slots in below the X3 both in size and price. The Bavarian automaker is fond of calling its crossovers “sports activity vehicles,” which deliver the ride and handling of a car but the storage and ruggedness of an SUV. However, a quick look at the X1 reveals the truth that with its low roofline and slung back stance, it’s as much wagon as it is SUV. Up front, BMW’s signature kidney grille is flanked by quad headlights. A panoramic moonroof and xenon HID headlights with LED rings around them are optional.
There are three available trim levels, each with its own engine/drivetrain combination. The sDrive 28i and xDrive 28i both come with the base engine, a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 260 pounds-feet of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. sDrive models feature rear-wheel drive, while the xDrive gets an intelligent all-wheel drive system that sends power to the wheel with the most traction for better power delivery and improved performance in poor weather conditions or off-road. The xDrive35i is the top level trim and gets a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine making 300 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is standard.
The turbocharged four-cylinder utilizes cylinder deactivation technology to increase fuel efficiency. Fuel economy ranges from 18-24 mpg in the city to 27-34 mpg on the highway, with the best figures coming from the sDrive 28i and the worst from the more powerful xDrive 35i.
Inside, the cabin is driver-oriented with the center console and dashboard slightly canted towards the driver, a design feature that is becoming more and more common. The X1 is no slouch when it comes to technology, offering iDrive, USB/iPod port, automatic climate control, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard equipment. Leatherette seating is also standard, with real Nevada leather upholstery optional. Also available are a navigation system, heated/powered front seats, BMW Apps smartphone integration, a panoramic moonroof, and satellite radio.
The 2015 X1 is also well equipped with plenty of standard safety features such as dynamic cruise control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. A backup camera and front/rear parking sensors are available for safer maneuvering in tight spaces.