Largely unchanged after an update last year, the 2017 BMW X1 continues to deliver the appealing blend of utility and performance desired by many shoppers in the market for a compact luxury crossover. Built on a platform it shares with BMW?s Mini brand, the X1 is designed to be roomy, stylish and comfortable, while still returning significant value as the Bavarian automaker?s lowest-price SUV.
The only available powerplant is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and comes linked to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. Although power is down relative to the 2.0-liter engine from a couple years ago, the newer version still delivers lively performance, with a top speed of over 130 mph. In Edmunds testing, the X1 achieved a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds. And fuel economy is maximized with automatic stop-start technology.
Unlike its bigger siblings, the BMW X3 and X5, the X1 now comes standard with a front-wheel-drive powertrain (four-wheel drive is optional). Buyers looking for the ultimate handling in a crossover may need to do some comparison shopping: When BMW dropped rear-wheel drive for the current generation X1, the small SUV lost some of the sporty handling that attracted more performance-minded owners. Nevertheless, the X1 is still competitive with its closest rivals, and on-road performance will likely satisfy the majority of drivers.
Even though it is built for competitive pricing, the interior of the X1 offers enough quality materials and comfort and convenience features to satisfy most luxury crossover shoppers. The cabin provides driver and passengers with plenty of legroom, especially in the rear, while still leaving more space for cargo than most vehicles in this class.Touches like standard eight-way power-adjustable seats, automatic climate control and a power tailgate add to the high-end feel.
The EPA rates the front-wheel drive BMW X1 at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway). Ticking the xDrive (4WD) box brings a rating of 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway).
Like most BMWs, the X1 has a wide range of available packages and optional accessories that allow buyers to tailor the vehicle to their own individual preferences. The Premium package adds a number of convenience items, and the M Sport package drives up the performance with tighter suspension, larger wheels and other sporty add-ons. Other option groups offer increased luxury, technology and driver-assistance systems.
Whatever your particular needs and preferences, let Edmunds help you find the right 2017 BMW X1 for you.