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2019 BMW X1

What’s new

  • Navigation with real-time traffic, one year of Apple CarPlay and remote services are now standard
  • Active driver aids - such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and high-beam assistant - are now standard
  • 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
$34,950 - $36,950
MSRP Starting at
$34,950
MSRP Range
$34,950 - $36,950
MSRP Range
$34,950 - $36,950

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Which X1 does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you live deep in the snowbelt, the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i should provide more than enough performance to satisfy most drivers. Make sure it comes with the Convenience and Premium packages to get keyless entry, heated seats, ambient lighting and power-folding mirrors.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.8 / 10

Luxury compact crossover SUVs are quite popular these days. It's easy to understand why: They're versatile, easy to park, roomy and relatively affordable. You don't typically get a whole lot of performance from this class, however. For the most part, they're pretty boring to drive. But there is an exception: the 2019 BMW X1.

The X1 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's near the top in power for the segment. From a handling perspective, the X1 is closer to a sport sedan than its more sluggish competitors. Drivers who place handling as a priority can even option their X1 with an adjustable sport suspension.

This pint-size BMW is still plenty practical, too. With its rear seats up, it can hold 27.3 cubic feet worth of stuff, which is more than what you'll be able to fit in rivals such as the Audi Q3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA. The X1's 40/20/40-split folding rear seats provide added flexibility to carry a mix of people and cargo.

The main drawback is the X1's ride quality. BMW's focus on sporting potential has resulted in a somewhat firm ride. If you're the type of driver who prefers cruising down the road enjoying the scenery, the X1 may not be for you. Additionally, the X1 is like most other BMWs in that it can be difficult — and expensive — to get the exact combination of trim, package and stand-alone options you want.

Still, for the driver who wants handling, style and functionality, the 2019 BMW X1 is one of the few compact crossovers that can do it all.

Notably, we picked the 2019 BMW X1 as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.

2019 BMW X1 models

The 2019 BMW X1 comes in two main 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 packages that BMW calls tiers.

Powered by a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower, 258 pound-feet) 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, foglights, automatic wipers and a power liftgate.

On the inside, the X1 comes with simulated leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats and driver-seat memory functions. Tech features include BMW's iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch central display, navigation, a USB port, Apple CarPlay with a one-year subscription, and a seven-speaker audio system.

Standard active safety systems offer forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam actuation, and speed limit display.

The available Convenience package adds folding mirrors, keyless access, a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, and adjustable front-seat lumbar support. A Luxury package includes upgraded leather and interior trim pieces.

The M Sport Design package combines the contents of those Convenience and Luxury packages. It also adds various visual and performance upgrades that include different 18-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior trim, special interior trim, a sport-tuned transmission and front sport seats.

All X1s can be equipped with a Premium package that includes LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a head-up display, and a full-featured navigation system displayed on a larger 8.8-inch screen.

Other options include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, an active parking system, 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 an M Sport suspension that includes adaptive dampers.

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 BMW X1 xDrive28i (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current vehicle has received some revisions, including standard navigation, smartphone connectivity and active driver aids. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's vehicle, however.

Scorecard

Overall7.8 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort6.0
Interior9.0
Utility9.0

Driving

8.0
The X1's driving dynamics are excellent. It is quicker to 60 mph than the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA 250, 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.

Acceleration

9.0
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.

Braking

8.0
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.

Steering

8.0
The steering requires a little more effort than some competitors, but not oppressively so. It is still easy to direct through low-speed maneuvers.

Handling

7.0
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.

Drivability

9.0
If you're looking to overtake a car suddenly, 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.

Comfort

6.0
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

6.0
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

6.0
The ride is firm, more so than the ride in other competitors. It can be harsh over road imperfections, and it doesn't tend to absorb them well. You might find the ride too busy and choppy over anything but smooth asphalt.

Noise & vibration

6.0
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.

Interior

9.0
The interior cargo area and ease of cabin access set the X1 apart from the pack. A smart use of underfloor 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

9.0
A highly adjustable driver's 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

9.0
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.

Roominess

8.0
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

Visibility

8.0
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.

Quality

9.0
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.

Utility

9.0
The X1 sports impressive cargo capacity and a low liftover height. 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.

Technology

The X1 has a broad depth of connectivity capability. Navigation, with over-the-air updates and traffic, is standard, as is the ability to integrate your car with Alexa, Echo and Google Assistant. Apple CarPlay is also standard for a year. After that, it's subscription-based.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 BMW X1.

5 star reviews: 37%
4 star reviews: 38%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 25%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 3.9 stars based on 8 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Ripping around in my mom-car. LOL
Car Enthusiast,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Coming out of new X6M and with a 911 and M4 in my garage you would think the X1 would be a huge step down. It kind of is, but... this thing just puts a smile on my face. It's zippy and it handles and brakes well. The powertrain runs smooth and fairly strong. It drives beautifully on the highway. I call it a GTI-plus because it feels light and flickable like a GTI but has AWD and more space. It gets great reviews from the pros and I can't disagree with them. Sure, it understeers a little but if you accelerate through corners the understeer goes away. Drive it aggressively and it will reward you. The front seats are probably the worst part of the car. They are not horrible, but should be better at this price point. Halogen headlights on a $43,000 vehicle are pretty ridiculous, too. They are lousy, especially if you're used to LED, Xenon or HD. The back seat space is excellent for this sized car, as is the storage space. My 6-foot son has plenty of room. The interior design is very nice and utilitarian and the features/options are excellent. I have driven in a ton of snowstorms this year in the mountains and it is phenomenal in the snow. Averaging 25 MPG in mixed driving. Very happy overall. For the lease price on the left over 2018 ($299/ month with $4000 due at signing) it's a fantastic vehicle.

4 out of 5 stars, What I love most...
AB,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

I love the "Sport Mode" on the interstate . I felt as thought I was driving my 2 Series again - very responsive and agile. I moved down to this car, from a 2 Series to and X3 and finally to this (for fuel economy while driving in town), and within a few days I realized I'd made a mistake. While it's smaller, has great gas mileage (two things I wanted), I am paying for quality materials with the smaller car. The seats look and feel like poor quality and are not comfortable. I can't hold my hydroflask (small one) in the cup holders. The interior does not feel like quality. While I researched, the dealer locally did not have an X1 on hand, only X2. I wish I hadn't pulled the trigger on this sport version. No chrome on the outside. I look forward to my lease ending.

5 out of 5 stars, Ohhhh Yeaaaa!!
Ohhh Yeaaa,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Gotta say, this was and is a very fine performance car. It handles so well. It wants to please you with acceleration, cornering, technology, comfort and eye appeal. Need I go further? Ok, it sticks to the road wet or dry, eases you back as you accelerate and makes the 2nd lane on the highway a place to sprint or cruise! Not to be to direct but the German's know how to engineer and build a fine tuned car! Everything is designed for performance and functionality with subtle eye pleasing lines and surprises! Think we have become BMW owners for life!

2 out of 5 stars, Meh
m99,
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

First BMW that I've owned and will be the last. Bought it new in November of 2018 and 500 miles in it had a major steering issue that took the dealership weeks to figure/fix and no loaners available around holidays so I was stuck driving a Nissan versa that felt like it would fall apart at 55 mph. The issue was fixed and no problems with that since. Drives fine. Weatherstrip along the edge of windshield looks like its 10 years old after a year and the dealer says it's not their problem but something I've done. I park in a garage at night and in an open parking lot at the office. We take good care of our vehicles so it's not something I've done. Not worth the money and technology is lagging behind most competitors. Also the worst cooling AC I've ever seen. It has these two vents on the dash behind the info screen that blow a lot of air but the other vents suffer because of this and you literally can feel the air coming out of the other front vents without it on high.

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Features & Specs

xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$36,950
MPG 22 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$34,950
MPG 23 city / 32 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 forward collision and can automatically apply the brakes to help 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. BMW X2

In normal BMW speak, the higher model number means it's a larger vehicle. But in this case, the X1 is a little bigger than the X2. The X1 also rides a little higher, so those who want the traditional commanding view should go with that. They both share similar powertrains and interior designs. Consider the X2 more of a sporty hatchback than a typical crossover SUV.

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BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3

When fully equipped, the X1 comes with plenty of in-car technology. Yet Audi's Q3 could best it. The Q3 has been fully redesigned this year. It comes with the company's latest digital displays and can be had with a surround-view camera system. Of these two, the X1 remains the functionality champ thanks to its larger interior volume and cargo space. It's also more fun to drive.

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BMW X1 vs. Lexus UX 200

Although the X1 is fairly new to the United States, the UX 200 is even newer. This Lexus provides sharp styling and high fuel economy at an affordable price. There's also the related UX 250h, which has a hybrid drivetrain good for almost 40 mpg. However, the UX has less interior room, particularly rear-seat and cargo space. For performance, you'll prefer the X1.

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FAQ
Is the BMW X1 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 X1 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 X1 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews) You probably care about BMW X1 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X1 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 26 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 2019 BMW X1?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 BMW X1:

  • Navigation with real-time traffic, one year of Apple CarPlay and remote services are now standard
  • Active driver aids - such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and high-beam assistant - are now standard
  • 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 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 BMW X1 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 BMW X1 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 X1 and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 X1 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 X1 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 BMW X1?

The least-expensive 2019 BMW X1 is the 2019 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 $34,950.

Other versions include:

  • xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,950
  • sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $34,950
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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 2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1 Overview

The 2019 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 2019 BMW X1?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 BMW X1 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 X1 3.9 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 2019 X1.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 BMW X1 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 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.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 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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