2018 X1 New Car Test Drive
The BMW X1 crossover is built on the front-wheel-drive Mini platform, which technically makes it a subcompact crossover, but it appears much bigger than that because of its height.
The X1 was redesigned for 2016, and for 2017 front-wheel-drive was offered in addition to all-wheel drive. For 2018, a rearview camera is added as standard equipment, and some optional packages have changed.
BMW X1 rivals might include the Acura RDX, Volvo, or a Ford Escape Titanium. More optimistically, BMW sees the X1 competing with the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3.
Handling is pleasant but uninspired; and with front-wheel drive it could be a small Ford or Kia. For a BMW, X1 is inexpensive. Interior materials, and the front-wheel-drive platform, reflect that.
The BMW X1 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a paddle-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. It's really quick, maybe the best thing about it, with strong power for passing.
The 2018 BMW X1 rates an EPA-estimated 23/32 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined with front-wheel drive, one mile per gallon lower with xDrive all-wheel drive. The IIHS gives it its best rating, Top Safety Pick Plus.
The 2018 BMW X1 sDrive28i ($33,900) comes with front-wheel drive; X1 xDrive28i ($35,900) comes with all-wheel drive. Leatherette upholstery is standard. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)
X1 sDrive28i Convenience Tier ($36,400) includes SiriusXM, panoramic moonroof and other features, while Premium Tier ($39,700) adds navigation and active-safety features. The Luxury Package ($1550) upgrades to leather upholstery and premium trim materials.