2014 BMW X1 Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Strong engines
- sport sedan-like handling
- quick acceleration
- good fuel economy.
- Small cargo capacity
- less rear-seat room than other small luxury crossovers
- automatic stop-start system is intrusive.
Most helpful consumer reviews
sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This is a great lil X1 and at a great price point for a 2014 used BMW. I downsized from my 2005 X5 which I loved and miss very much (had 160k miles and never a major repair or problem). I've always been happy with BMW's. I've owned 7, 5, 3 and X series throughout the last 20 or so years. The reason I down sized is because I'm a commuter and was looking for something that can give me 30mpg on the hwy. It was the BMW or Subaru. I've also enjoyed Subaru's and nowadays these are my only two choices of go to vehicles for cars as a daily driver. I'm a car enthusiast and have owned Ferrari, Mercedes, Lexus and plenty other luxury and sports cars. I'm not posting to brag I'm posting so the reader knows I have choices and know about many cars from first hand driving experience. This X1 is great in handling around town. I got this due to it's looks, compact size for ease of downtown parking, cargo area for placing travel bags, groceries and 60/40 split that I can slide in my surfboard. The only reason I didn't choose the Subaru is I really don't visit the snow that much. But if you get the X1 in the xDrive it'll be a very close match. I got the sDrive because it feels more like driving a sports car with that real wheel power and cutting in tight corners when I punch it around the twisties and I like that feeling. Go for the Ultimate Package as it'll include many features like Navigation, Rear Camera and Parking Distance Control. What I miss is having that extra space or elbow room when I have passengers and sitting much higher up (comparing with my old X5). What I love better is the newer electronics and fuel efficiency and having the Ultimate Package amenities. If you're looking into a used X1 then go with 2014 or 2015 model years. 2013 was the first year this model hit the US and the 2016 has been completely redesigned in and out. The deals are on the 2014 for all the lease returns that hit and chances are you'll still get the 4 year/50k miles free maintenance plan that's remaining and Certified Pre-Owned near bumper to bumper warranty if you buy it from a BMW dealer. All the BMW dealerships I checked out actually had better deals compared to other car lots.
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I am single and don't have pets. But occasionally I need a little extra room. About 4 years ago I picked up a used (probably leased) 2014 X1 with almost all of the bells and whistles. It has the performance package - i.e., the M-Sport line. It had about 46K on it, so I assume it was either leased or previous owner wanted to trade in before the warranty was up. The main difference of the M-Sport is usually the suspension and the paddle shifters (I think some M-Sports might not have the paddle shifters) and 155 MPH limiter (instead of 135 MPH). Never had it over 110 MPH - I want to keep my license for a few more years - but it felt planted. I live on a mountain which is twisty roads that are wet/icy/snowy 6 months of the year - last 2 miles gravel/mud road. Good for that driving - not a sports car, but for a crossover it works better than any other SUV I have driven, lower COG (not as low as my 325 coupe though). Run flat tires with sport suspension give a rough ride though, so replaced them with non-run flats after one tire wore out, and now it is just right, except for the fact that there is no spare. Road noise more than I like, especially over gravel and bumpy roads, but typical for that level of Bimmer. I've put another 50K miles on it - now over 100K. No real problems. Had brakes redone - ~$1K at 90K miles (typical for me). Just recently the touch sensor on the door handle to unlock it (Comfort Access allows you to keep key fob in pocket) failed - now I just use the fob instead. Passenger door still unlocks/locks by touching it. This is typical - would cost maybe $300 to fix. Start button still works with fob in pocket. Had to replace battery in fob once. $1K+ to change trans fluid/filter/pan - typical for the 8 speed auto. Bluetooth phone connect is archaic and finicky. Looses settings for phone and I have to reconnect frequently. Otherwise iDrive/etc. is ok - but setting navigation to destination is harder than it should be. Radio/media is a bit finicky too - lost settings for saved music CDs (has internal storage). Love the adaptive HID headlights - just right IMO - not too bright for oncoming drivers, great for twisty roads. I do wish for more lighting though. Seats are not the most comfortable, especially for long drives - but I got used to them. I am 6'6" and there is plenty of leg/head room for me. Heated seats are nice. Wish heater had separate fans/etc. for passenger - only the temps are separate. Plenty of heat/defrost/air conditioning. Poor outward visibility to the rear, especially backing up - backup cam is ok. Auto dimming mirrors - not dim enough. Minimal cargo room in rear behind rear seats - quite a bit more with seats down. Plenty of power for me - although I wouldn't mind having a turbo 6, but I would have to give up the 8 speed then. Paddle shifters are more of a gimmick, but sometimes useful. Trans is pretty smart - mostly smooth shifting, but wish it was quicker. Commuting, half rural, half bumper to bumper, about 25 MPG. Level highway at 70 MPH easily get 30+ MPG. Had a wreck last year - got rear ended - hard - while stopped in traffic. Pushed me into car in front. Progressive (their insurance) paid $15K to repair, plus medical, plus $2K cash for inconvenience plus rental. Now it is just like new (with repair on record though). In my experience, euro cars are somewhat more expensive to repair, but they do last (usually, I will never touch another Audi/VW again - *shudder*) - of the choices, I prefer BMWs over the others. Just the right combination of performance and comfort for me. YMMV
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Ordered car and picked up in Munich as an EDP car in June. Major options: M Package, Winter Package. Nice firm ride and soaks up bumps well. Drove car 2,850 miles in Germany, Austria, and France. Top speed driven was 125 mph on the Autobahn -- car was feeling floaty so did not go faster although the engine could handle it. No issues in Europe over 2,850 miles. Averaged 25 to 28 mpg. Back in Calif., I have driven 2,200 miles and averaged from 25 to 27 mpg since being back. I attribute the same MPG while driving much slower to the lower fuel quality (ethanol)
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I bought this X1 because it's a dying breed of BMW from times before BMW went soft, heavy, and lost their steering mojo. It has the chassis and handling dynamics from the previous generation E90/E91 platform that's one of the best handling 3 series. It has hydraulic steering instead of BMW's new vague, imprecise electric steering. Those are combined with the most recent, excellent drive train. Add the comparatively low price and this BMW is unique. It will be replaced in the 2016 model year by a front-wheel drive platform shared with the Mini Cooper. Yuck.