2019 X1 New Car Test Drive
The BMW X1 crossover may be a subcompact by definition, but it looks and feels much bigger because it's tall and relatively roomy. It was last redesigned in 2016, with few changes since then. For 2019, it gets a suite of active safety features as standard equipment: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high beams. It also gets a free year of Apple CarPlay service.
It uses a quick 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 228 horsepower. It's mated to a sharp and smart 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and comes with either all-wheel or front-wheel drive.
An X1 with all-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 31 highway, 25 combined, or 1 more mpg with front-wheel drive, on premium fuel.
The NHTSA gives the X1 five stars overall for safety. The IIHS rates it as Top Safety Pick+, with its top 'Good'? scores on its crash tests..
With a base price of about $36,000, the X1 comes with synthetic leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a USB charge port, power-adjustable front seats, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay for one year. All-wheel drive costs $2,000. A $2,500 package gets keyless ignition, a panoramic moonroof, and satellite radio with a one-year subscription. Heated seats are another $550.
There's also an M Sport package with adaptive dampers, upgraded infotainment, leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charger, sport seats, navigation, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. .