2018 BMW X1 SUV

2018 BMW X1
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2018 BMW X1
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  • 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


  • Standard sport suspension may be jarring on rough roads
  • Not particularly quiet on the highway

Which X1 does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you specifically need the all-weather capability of the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i, we recommend the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i with the Convenience package. Add in Apple CarPlay and Park Distance Control options and you'll have a luxury vehicle that's well-equipped without breaking the bank.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

With the growing popularity of smaller, parking lot-friendly sport-utility vehicles, traditional vehicles such as sedans and wagons are being left in the dust. And SUVs such as the 2018 BMW X1 show why. Its small small size is perfect for urban driving, while its low load floor and large cargo volume are perfect for hauling duty. It is more expensive than many of its traditional competitors, but the BMW X1 is aiming to give compact crossover buyers who want something more sporty or luxurious a good choice in this already crowded market.

It starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-ft) sending power to either the front or, optionally, all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Either powertrain combination is lively yet smooth, and the X1 can zip to 60 mph in a class-leading 6.5 seconds. But the X1 isn't all about sportiness; its 40/20/40-split rear seatback increases flexibility for carrying large or bulky items and people at the same time.

But there some downsides to having a performance crossover. For one, the same sticky tire and sporty suspension setup that keeps the chassis stable and stuck in the turns also transmits high frequency bumps and noise into the cabin. Although noise levels are no worse than others, the harsh ride over bumpy surfaces may leave drivers wishing for a softer setup. Also, technology features that are standard or packaged together in got-to-have option groups, such as parking sensors and Apple CarPlay connectivity, are stand-alone options, so double-check your build sheet before committing to the car.

Overall, though, the 2018 BMW X1's functional and sporty characteristics warrant a solid recommendation.

Notably, we picked the 2018 BMW X1 as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 BMW X1 is a five-seat compact SUV in the luxury segment. It comes in two versions: the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i. From there, you have two directions to go: xLine Design or the sportier M Sport Design. After that, you can add various option groups that BMW calls tiers. The M Sport Design already comes with the Convenience group, which is optional on the xLine Design. Afterward, packages and stand-alone options are available based on which initial design and group you select.

Powered by a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-ft) and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the BMW X1 is an engaging small luxury crossover. With the xLine Design, the X1 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, foglamps, keyless ignition, automatic wipers and a power tailgate. On the inside, standard equipment includes a 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings and a seven-speaker audio system.

An available Convenience package adds a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry, satellite radio and adjustable front-seat lumbar support.

The M Sport Design package includes the features of the xLine Design's Convenience group and adds various visual and performance upgrades that include different 18-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior trim, special interior trim, a sport-tuned transmission and sport front seats.

Both models can be equipped with a Premium equipment group that includes LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a head-up display and a navigation system.

Also available is a Driver Assistance package (includes automatic high beams, lane departure warning and front collision warning and mitigation) and a Luxury package (leather seating surfaces and wood trim).

Other options include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, Apple CarPlay connectivity, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging capability, and sliding and reclining rear seat adjustability. M Sport Design cars can also swap out for stickier performance tires and a stiffer M Sport suspension.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).


Dynamics is where the X1 excels. It is quicker than the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA 250 to 60 mph, posts some of the shortest stopping distances in its class, and sets a high bar in handling prowess. Yet it is the ease of driving this compact SUV that leaves the deepest impression.


Power delivery is smooth and refined during routine driving, and there's good punch under hard acceleration, too. The eight-speed automatic shifts quickly and helps the X1 accelerate to 60 mph in a class-leading 6.5 seconds.


The brake pedal provides a smooth and progressive feel that is easy to manage in stop-and-go driving. In a simulated-panic stop from 60 mph, the X1 needed just 109 feet to stop, one of the best results in its segment.


The steering requires a little more effort than some competitors, but not oppressively so. It is still easy to direct through low-speed maneuvers.


The X1's all-wheel-drive system, rather than being a detriment, makes it feel more agile around corners. There's more grip than we expected from the all-season tires.


If you're looking to suddenly overtake a car, there's a slight delay between pressing the accelerator and starting the pass. In all other scenarios, for a compact luxury SUV, the X1 is as easy to drive as it gets.


Many will find the X1 offers suitable levels of comfort, though some may take exception to its higher noise levels and the firmness of its standard sport suspension. Although the interior noise is worth a mention, we'd add the X1 is no louder than others in the class.

Seat comfort

The driver seat bottom is hard and narrow and offers minimal lateral support. Its seatback has better bolstering. Despite its deficiencies, it remains reasonably comfortable on long drives. The rear seats are similarly shaped and cushioned.

Ride comfort

The ride is firm, more so than the ride in other competitors. It can be harsh over road imperfections; it doesn't tend to absorb them well. You might find the ride too busy and choppy over anything but smooth asphalt.

Noise & vibration

The cabin is loud. Road and tire noise is prominent, while the engine note remains tucked quietly away. Some may find this unpleasant, yet this issue is shared across brands in this segment and can be considered the norm.

Climate control

Although the buttons are small, the dual-zone climate control system is easy to use. Leaving it on auto is the best thing to do since the controls for the diverter fan speed are finicky to use.


The interior cargo area and ease of cabin access set the X1 apart from the pack. A smart use of under-floor compartments maximizes storage in the back, while the size of the door openings and seat placement make it easy to move in and out of the cabin.

Ease of use

A highly adjustable driver seat and steering column will suit a wide range of driving positions. The central display screen is well-positioned, and all climate and entertainment system controls are laid out clearly and logical to operate.

Getting in/getting out

The X1 may offer the easiest entry of any vehicle in its class. Its combination of low door sills, taller seat bottom and mild side bolsters work together to simplify the process. Small doors help in parking spots but are somewhat heavy for their size.


The front seats offer a lot of adjustment for as much leg-, headroom and elbow room as you'll need to be comfortable. The rear seat accommodations are also the largest in class, particularly in leg- and headroom, and are suitable for adults.


A tall windshield and reasonably low hood promote good forward sight lines. The wide rear roof pillars limit over-the-shoulder visibility to a degree.


Tight tolerances between panels, quality leather-wrapped seats and surfaces, and sleek-looking brushed aluminum trim give the X1 the high-quality feel we've come to expect from BMW.


The X1 sports the highest cargo capacity and lowest liftover height in its class. The cargo volume advantage is mainly due to the large underfloor storage where a spare tire might be otherwise. The 40/20/40-split second row folds flat.


Navigation is available with the Premium Tier equipment group. The iDrive infotainment system is straightforward to operate. Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and built-in Wi-Fi capability are all worthwhile options to get.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 BMW X1.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

I have had my X1 for 2 months and love it. I like driving smaller cars but I wanted easy access and storage. I was debating on going with the CRV or the CX5 however when I compared the refinement and drive there was only one clear choice. I only have a few items I wish BMW would adjust, more safety features available (blind spot), standard LED headlights, add 1/2 inch to an inch to the seat bottoms, and easier option selections.
Researched and drove CRV, Tuareg, Escape, GLA, Q3. No comparison. The fit, finish of the cabin and exterior are flawless. It's fun to drive, has an insanely small turning radius and scoots around the city effortlessly. Have been driving for 3 months and love every minute. It's comfortable for my family, easy in and out, good on gas mileage, has a lot of great utility and storage and the 2018 looks great and sporty vs 1st generation which looked a bit odd.
great car, not much comfort
JOHN HARTMAN,05/28/2018
Looks great ,handles very well with good power..I think BMW needs to think about more seat comfort so as to accommodate older customers. those of us who are into our 60"sneed a little more seat room and padding.. Enjoy driving the car very much!!
Zippy SUV
Susan B.,09/12/2018
Went from a smooth riding Lexus sedan to X1 and I love it. Call it mid-life crisis or whatever...but wanted to drive a fun, sportier car with cargo room and decided on the BMW X1 after researching several other cars in this class. The interior is roomy enough, cargo space is great and I love that it"s not bulky like many other SUV's. Has great power and handles well. One con, if you want to call it a con - the hands free entry is a bit slow to react compared to the Lexus, but I'm sure I'll get used to it - only had it for 2 weeks. All in all, a really cool SUV!
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Features & Specs

22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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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 forward collision and can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate an accident.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2018 BMW X1

The 2018 BMW X1 is a compact luxury sport-utility vehicle. It's available in either front- or all-wheel drive and is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-ft) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Although there really aren't any traditional trim levels, you can choose how you want to customize your X1 with option packages to take care of luxury and technology requirements.

BMW designates the standard X1 as the xLine Design. An optional M Sport Design package comes with sportier design elements and more features that are otherwise optional with the xLine Design's Convenience package. A Luxury package, which includes leather seating surfaces and either oak grain or brushed aluminum trim, and a Driving Assistance package, which includes forward collision mitigation and stop-and-go cruise control, can also be added.

For most drivers, the xLine Design with Convenience Tier will satisfy daily driving needs without compromising on driving fun when the road gets twisty. The Convenience Tier includes power-folding and auto-dimming exterior and interior mirrors, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and adjustable lumbar support.

Drivers looking for a more aggressive handling car may want to check out the X1 M Sport package. It adds more aggressive body work and a transmission with decreased shift times. You can also option it with a stiffer M Sport suspension package and stickier performance tires for even more responsiveness and handling chops. The M Sport Design also includes all of the Convenience Tier items from the xLine Design.

Additionally, a few add-on options are available, such as rear seats with reclining and fore-aft adjustability, sport seats, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

No matter what kind of driver you are, the 2018 BMW X1 can provide a luxury-class sporty experience without skimping on interior volume and flexibility. So let Edmunds help find and buy the perfect BMW X1 for you.

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What do people think of the 2018 BMW X1 SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 BMW X1 SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 X1 SUV 4.5 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 2018 X1 SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 BMW X1 SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 X1 SUV 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.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW X1 SUV here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Acceleration5.0 / 5.0
Braking4.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling3.0 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0


2.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort2.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort2.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration2.5 / 5.0


5.0 / 5.0

Ease of use5.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out5.0 / 5.0
Roominess4.0 / 5.0
Visibility4.0 / 5.0
Quality5.0 / 5.0
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2018 BMW X1 SUV xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 BMW X1 SUV xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,895. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW X1 SUV xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $9,582 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 BMW X1 SUV sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 BMW X1 SUV sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,895. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW X1 SUV sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,869 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 BMW X1?

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