2021 BMW X1

MSRP range: $35,400 - $37,400
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MSRP$40,645
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2021 BMW X1 Review

  • 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
  • The BMW X1 carries over unchanged for 2021
  • Part of the second X1 generation introduced for 2016

The BMW X1 is a new-school crossover SUV with a lot of old-school DNA. That means it's a comfortable and compact SUV with the latest tech and safety features. But the X1 also is a joy to drive in that old-school BMW sort of way. It comes standard with a powerful engine and gives you a nimble feel when going around turns. It offers the most cargo capacity in its class as well.

For 2021 there are no changes to the X1, which is just fine. The most glaring omission is the continued lack of support for Android Auto. Otherwise the X1 fares well against a crowded field of rivals — many of which are big on style but short on practicality. Closest competitors include the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLB, although offerings from Cadillac, Volvo and Lexus are also vying for your attention. Check out our in-depth Expert Rating to learn more of our take on the 2021 X1.

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The X1 is a quintessential BMW SUV just in a smaller package. It provides excellent cargo space and passenger accommodations along with a fun-to-drive demeanor. But if you value a cushier ride, a more fashionable interior or cutting-edge tech, you'll likely want to consider other strong options in this class.
For those who remember the Ultimate Driving Machine days of BMW, the X1 still feels like a vehicle of that era. Its all-wheel-drive system adds curvy-road agility and confidence, supported by responsive steering and excellent brakes. It may be an SUV, but it sure behaves like a performance hatchback.

Power delivery from its turbocharged engine is smooth and ample. In our testing, the X1's sprint to 60 mph took just 6.4 seconds, which is among the quickest times in its class. This would be all for naught if the X1 didn't perform at slower speeds as well, but we found it easy to drive in routine driving. Shifts from the eight-speed automatic transmission are quick and responsive.
The seat cushions are on the firm side but are also highly adjustable; even the lateral support can be adjusted, which is rare in this class. Ride comfort — or the lack thereof — is the X1's most glaring weak spot. You'll feel a lot of bumps in the road because of the stiff suspension tuning and run-flat tires. (The sidewalls of run-flat tires aren't as compliant as those of regular tires.)

The climate controls are old-school hard buttons and knobs, and they're easy to operate and do a great job of maintaining cabin temperature. Rear air vents ensure backseat occupants get their share of circulation. The cabin is also one of the quietest in the segment. Only mild wind and road noise seeps in. The engine is virtually silent at idle and only makes itself known under heavy acceleration.
Ample passenger space is one of the X1's defining traits. Generous space up front, plenty of rear toe room, and an airy cabin make the X1 feel larger than other subcompact crossover SUVs. It's easy to get in and out of the cabin, and a relatively upright greenhouse makes for good visibility all around.

The X1 has an older version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system, but we actually prefer it to the latest system in cars such as the 3 Series. It looks dated but it's easier to use. The combination of an 8.8-inch touchscreen and rotary controller is still fundamentally a great approach.
The X1 has just enough tech to stay current but in no way pushes the envelope. The standard audio system will be fine for most people, but discerning audio enthusiasts may note the lack of richness. The voice controls use natural language, so you don't have to memorize a rigid command structure, but they lack the depth of Mercedes' MBUX system.

A total of four USB ports ensures plenty of charging options for passengers. Wireless Apple CarPlay is great, but there's still no Android Auto support. The native navigation system is thankfully quite easy to use.

BMW's driving aids generally work well. The operation of the optional adaptive cruise control system feels natural but won't automatically restart the car after it comes to a stop. Lane keeping assist and a 360-degree parking camera are not available.
The X1 sports a healthy of 27.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat as well as one of the lowest liftover heights in its class. We believe the cargo volume advantage is mainly due to the large underfloor storage where a spare tire might otherwise be. If so equipped, the 40/20/40-split second row can slide and recline. It folds flat for maximum flexibility, though we wish there was a release mechanism in the cargo area.

There are no super creative solutions for small-item storage, but there is a good amount of space for personal effects. In terms of installing a child seat, the car seat anchors are very easy to access, but you'll likely find that you'll have to slide up the front seats somewhat in order to fit a large rear-facing safety seat. That said, most competitors are smaller inside and have even less room for car seats.
The EPA estimates the X1 gets 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway). That pegs the X1 as one of the most fuel-efficient options in the class. We observed 28.2 mpg on our 115-mile highway-heavy evaluation loop, which is right where we'd expect the X1 to be.
Like most modern BMWs, the X1 is solidly built. The quality of materials is up to class standards, with soft-touch surfaces and convincing wood and aluminum trim. But compared to the latest Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the design is somewhat plain and uncompelling.

In terms of cost, both the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 start at lower price points and ultimately cost less once optioned up. And despite the BMW's performance advantage, the perceived bang for your buck is greater in those models. Those buying an X1 will either value its sporty advantage or prefer BMWs in general.

Loyalist or not, BMW will provide you three years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance, plus bumper-to-bumper and drivetrain warranties that last four years/50,000 miles. Roadside assistance is good for four years/unlimited miles.
The X1 is exactly what you'd expect. Though slightly restyled for 2020, it looks largely the same as it did when this generation debuted in 2016. It delivers on BMW brand's sporty core values yet remains one of the more practical subcompact SUVs in the segment.

Which X1 does Edmunds recommend?

Your first choice on getting an X1 is whether to get the base sDrive28i, which is front-wheel-drive, or the xDrive28i, which is all-wheel-drive. There's a strong case to be made for sticking with the sDrive28i and freeing up more of your budget for the X1's optional extras. The Premium package, for example, has features you're going to want, such as heated seats and keyless entry.

BMW X1 models

The BMW X1 is a five-seat SUV available in two trims: the front-wheel-drive sDrive28i or the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i. Both are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-ft) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

sDrive28i
This base trim comes well-equipped with the following:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power liftgate
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Simulated leather seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Seven-speaker sound system

Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Front collision warning with collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

xDrive28i
Opting for this model nets you all equipment in the sDrive28i plus:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Hill descent control

A variety of optional packages are also available. They include:

M Sport package
Enhances the X1's sportiness with:

  • Unique wheel design
  • Sportier exterior trim
  • Sport-tuned transmission
  • Sportier steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Sport front seats
  • Unique interior trim
  • M Sport suspension (optional)

Convenience package
Includes a few niceties, including

  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
  • Adjustable lumbar support for the front seats
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof

Premium package
Comes with desirable upgrades such as:

  • Contents of the Convenience package
  • LED headlights with cornering lights
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Head-up display
  • Upgraded navigation

Luxury package
Upgrade the X1's interior with the following:

  • Authentic leather
  • Wood-grain or aluminum trim

Also be on the lookout for a few stand-alone options. They include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the X1 and the car in front)
  • Premium Harman Kardon sound system
  • Wireless charging pad

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 BMW X1.

Average user rating: 4.0 stars
3 total reviews
5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 34%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • spaciousness
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • driving experience
  • value
  • fuel efficiency
  • wheels & tires
  • safety
  • appearance
  • interior

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Excellent
Ejb,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Spent a lot of time researching smaller sporty high end SUV. Never owned a BMW before. Coming from an Acura RDX. The X1 is excellent. Drives like a sports car especially in Sport mode. Perfect size. Somehow Smaller than competition on outside but much bigger on the inside. Surprising how much room on the inside. Car is comfortable well appointed. Was headed for a bad collision and had to slam on break and jerk the wheel hard right then left. The X1 held steady with no skid or even a lean. Amazing. Shopped around and got the car with a lot of upgrades for under 39k. I have 5k miles and averaging about 28mpg as I use eco drive for long drives on highway.
4/5 stars, still the best small SUV for some situations
2nd time buyer,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Plus - peppy, agile, good interior space for this class of vehicle. 70" width makes for easy parking. Negative - Expensive - Some safety features only in top trim. Not the best MPG considering it needs premium gas. BMW long term reliability means you should lease v buy, but lease deals are fairly aggressive.
3/5 stars, The performance is not as good as Honda lx.
Leasee,
sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
It is just BMW name and faster acceleration, but not a good control.

Features & Specs

xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$37,400
MPG 23 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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sDrive28i 4dr SUV2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$35,400
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

2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

BMW X1 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The GLB is our top pick for the subcompact luxury SUV class. It's a distinctive choice with its boxy styling and a functional and comfortable interior. There is even an optional third row of seats — virtually unheard of for its size. The X1 is more fun to drive, but not by much.

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BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3

The Q3 has a handsome interior with excellent materials, which makes a comfortable ride even more enjoyable. All-wheel drive is standard too. Yet its biggest strength is striking technology that adds personality to the driving experience. We still prefer the X1, however. It has more cargo space and a little more personality.

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BMW X1 vs. Lexus UX 200

Frankly, the Lexus UX is a mediocre SUV. It's slow and unexciting to drive, and the cabin is cramped compared with other small SUVs. But it has interesting styling, lots of standard features and excellent fuel economy ratings. There's a hybrid version too. The X1 is a better vehicle, but the UX presents excellent value.

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FAQ

Is the BMW X1 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 X1 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. 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 2021 BMW X1?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW X1:

  • The BMW X1 carries over unchanged for 2021
  • Part of the second X1 generation introduced for 2016
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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 average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW X1 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW X1 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 X1 and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 X1 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW X1?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW X1 is the 2021 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 $35,400.

Other versions include:

  • xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,400
  • sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,400
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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 2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1 Overview

The 2021 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 2021 BMW X1?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X1 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 X1 4.0 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 2021 X1.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X1 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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.

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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 2021 BMW X1?

2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 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 $40,645. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,262 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,262 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,383.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW X1 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 8% below the MSRP.

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2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 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 $42,845. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,073 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,073 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,772.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.5% below the MSRP.

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Which 2021 BMW X1s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 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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