2020 BMW X1

What’s new

  • Updated exterior styling with a larger grille
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen now standard
  • Revised optional feature availability
  • Part of the second X1 generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Strong and responsive turbo engine
  • Sharp handling makes it fun to drive
  • Plenty of rear passenger and cargo room
  • High-quality materials and fit and finish
  • Ride quality gets a little jarring on rough roads
  • Not particularly quiet on the highway
MSRP Range
$35,200 - $37,200

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2020 BMW X1 Review

The 2020 BMW X1 might be called a compact crossover SUV by virtue of its position in BMW's SUV lineup, but it's bigger than you might expect. Big enough, in fact, to be a practical family vehicle for many people. Its 27 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats is more than either the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA offers. And at about 59 cubic feet of space with its rear seats folded, there's ample room to haul a bicycle if you're willing to remove the bike's front wheel.

But, wait, aren't BMWs supposed to be the "ultimate driving machine"? The X1 delivers here, too, with athletic handling and lively acceleration. When it comes to having a fun-to-drive vehicle in this class, the X1 is about as good as it gets. For 2020, BMW has also given the X1 a few updates. There's a bigger new grille, restyled bumpers and a larger infotainment touchscreen as standard equipment.

On the downside, the X1 has a busier and less comfortable ride than much of its primary competition. It can also get expensive since some luxury features are only available with costly option packages. But on the whole, the X1's matchup of reasonable space, ample motivation and solid handling makes it a compelling pick for a compact luxury crossover SUV.

Which X1 does Edmunds recommend?

You can consider getting the xDrive28i if you need the extra traction of all-wheel drive in wet-weather driving. Otherwise, save some cash and get the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i. It provides similar performance in most scenarios and gets slightly better fuel economy, according to the EPA. We'd also add the Premium package for its heated seats and steering wheel plus LED headlights.

BMW X1 models

The X1 is available in two trim levels, the front-wheel drive X1 sDrive28i or the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i. Every X1 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard.

The X1 comes with a reasonable list of standard features, and BMW will happily sell you more in one of its option packages. But every X1 comes with features such as simulated leather seats, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, power-adjustable front seats, automatic wipers and a power liftgate. A variety of advanced driver safety features, such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, are also standard.

The Convenience package adds a sunroof, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, LED foglights, keyless entry and several other niceties. The Premium package offers upgraded navigation, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and LED headlights with cornering lights. Other notable upgrades include 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a sport-tuned suspension, traffic-adaptive cruise control and a premium sound system.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 1 total reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars, My first BMW...loving it!
    Dr. Ron,
    xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    I’ve had my new 2020 X1 for a month. It is everything I was hoping for and much more. Clearly the best vehicle I have owned. I am a very satisfied customer! Thank you, BMW!

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    Features & Specs

    xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$37,200
    MPG 23 city / 31 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    sDrive28i 4dr SUV features & specs
    sDrive28i 4dr SUV
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$35,200
    MPG 24 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite X1 safety features:

    Remote Services
    Allows the driver to use a special smartphone app to locate the car, lock and unlock the doors, and honk the horn or flash the lights.
    Speed Limit Info
    Informs the driver of speed limit changes by using a camera to read the sign and display the corresponding information in the dash.
    City Collision Mitigation
    Warns you about an imminent front collision and can automatically apply the brakes to help you avoid or mitigate an accident.
    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.7%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    BMW X1 vs. the competition

    BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3

    Audi's Q3 offers a similar engine with an identical output of 228 horsepower and 258 lb-feet of torque, and all-wheel drive is standard. But the Q3 is smaller inside than the X1 — both in passenger and cargo space. The Q3's fuel economy is as good as the X1's, though.

    Compare BMW X1 & Audi Q3 features

    BMW X1 vs. BMW X2

    The X2 is simply a more shapely version of the X1. It otherwise has the same general size, engine and enthusiasm for driving as the X1. But because of its lower roofline, there's slightly less headroom and cargo space in the X2.

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    BMW X1 vs. Lexus NX 300

    The NX 300 exhibits typical Lexus traits. It's quiet, and its demeanor leans more toward comfort than performance. Though it provides similar passenger space, the NX offers far less cargo space behind its rear seat than the X1.

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    Related X1 Articles

    2020 BMW X1 First Look

    Subtle Changes for BMW's Standout Small SUV

    Mark Takahashi by Mark Takahashi , Senior Reviews EditorMay 29th, 2019

    What Is It?

    The 2020 BMW X1 is a slightly updated version of BMW's current entry-level SUV. The most notable updates are enlarged kidney grilles up front and a standard 8.8-inch infotainment screen inside. The screen was previously optional, but the grilles are all-new for 2020.

    Why Does It Matter?

    As of this writing, the 2019 X1 sits atop our rankings thanks to its responsive engine, sporty handling, refined interior, and accommodating rear seats and cargo space. Although the changes for 2020 are minor, the X1 was clearly in a good place already.

    What's Under the Hood?

    When the 2020 BMW X1 goes on sale at the end of 2019, it will be offered in either front-wheel-drive sDrive28i or all-wheel-drive xDrive28i trim. Returning is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque) as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW estimates the X1 will reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds for xDrive and 6.6 seconds for the sDrive.

    What's Up With Those Grilles?

    The 2020 X1's larger and more angular BMW signature twin-kidney grille is similar to those found on the X5 and X7 SUVs, as well as the 7 Series luxury sedan. For better or worse, it seems to be the new norm at BMW. The X1's grille is relatively subtle, but it still makes a statement.

    What Features Does It Come With?

    Standard feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, synthetic leather upholstery, the aforementioned 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. Advanced safety features are well-represented with lane departure warning, frontal collision mitigation, a traffic-sign reader, and automatic high beams.

    Shoppers will also be able to add bundled options such as the Convenience package (LED foglights, panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry, universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, ambient lighting, and satellite radio); the M Sport package (18-inch wheels with all-season tires or 19-inch wheels with performance tires, the choice of a standard or sport suspension, a sport-tuned transmission, sporty exterior treatments, sport seats, and a sport steering wheel); and the Luxury package (premium leather and interior trim elements). Stand-alone options will include adaptive cruise control, sliding and reclining rear seats, an automated parking system, a wireless charging pad, and premium audio.

    How Much Does It Cost?

    Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but we expect it to cost about the same as the current X1, which starts around $35,000 for the sDrive28i and $37,000 for the xDrive28i. Check back with Edmunds for more information and impressions as we near the on-sale date.

    Notably, we picked the 2020 BMW X1 as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Cars for this year.

    FAQ
    Is the BMW X1 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 X1 both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 X1 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews) You probably care about BMW X1 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X1 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X1 has 27.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X1. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 BMW X1?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW X1:

    • Updated exterior styling with a larger grille
    • 8.8-inch touchscreen now standard
    • Revised optional feature availability
    • Part of the second X1 generation introduced for 2016
    Learn more
    Is the BMW X1 reliable?
    To determine whether the BMW X1 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X1. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X1's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 BMW X1 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW X1 is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 X1 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 X1 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW X1?

    The least-expensive 2020 BMW X1 is the 2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,200.

    Other versions include:

    • xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,200
    • sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,200
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    What are the different models of BMW X1?
    If you're interested in the BMW X1, the next question is, which X1 model is right for you? X1 variants include xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X1 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 BMW X1

    2020 BMW X1 Overview

    The 2020 BMW X1 is offered in the following submodels: X1 SUV. Available styles include xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 BMW X1?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW X1 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 X1 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 X1.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW X1 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 X1 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW X1?
    2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,195. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,800 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,800 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,395.

    The average savings for the 2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.7% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 23 2020 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,204 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,204 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,541.

    The average savings for the 2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 6% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 13 2020 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 BMW X1s are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 BMW X1 for sale near. There are currently 54 new 2020 X1s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $34,030 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 BMW X1. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $1,000 on a used or CPO 2020 X1 available from a dealership near you.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW X1?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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