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Key Specs

of the 2014 BMW X1. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder's acceleration
  • Four-cylinder's gas mileage
  • More interior room than exterior size suggests
  • Handling with M Sport Package
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Ride quality with M Sport Package
  • Power front seats not standard
  • Small backseat
  • Auto stop/start on four-cylinder

Notable Features of the 2014 BMW X1

  • Small crossover with five seats
  • Turbo four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine
  • RWD or AWD

What Is the 2014 BMW X1?

The 2014 BMW X1 is a small SUV that seats five and competes with the Buick Encore, Mini Cooper Countryman and Acura RDX. It is offered in sDrive 28i, xDrive 28i and xDrive 35i trim levels. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available.

What's New on the 2014 BMW X1?

For the 2014 model year, the BMW Assist communication system is now standard; this feature includes automatic collision notification and comes with a 10-year subscription. In addition, the optional M Sport Package now includes coral red leather with contrasting piping.

How Does the 2014 BMW X1 Compare to Other Small SUVs?

The X1 is BMW's smallest - and most affordable - SUV, and its size reflects its agility. It offers an extremely tight turning circle: 37.1 feet with rear-wheel drive or 38.7 with BMW xDrive AWD. This beats the Acura RDX (39) and Audi Q5 (38), but it's not quite as limber as the comparatively small Buick Encore (36.7) or Audi A3 hatchback (35.1).

Unfortunately, its size is noticeable from the backseat and the cargo area as well. The 2014 BMW X1 offers a maximum of 56 cubic feet of cargo space, falling far short of its larger sibling, BMW's X3 (63.3). Unsurprisingly, the X1's fuel economy (up to 22/33 mpg city/highway with AWD) eclipses that of the X3 (up to 21/28 with AWD).

What Features in the 2014 BMW X1 Are Most Important?

The 2014 X1 sDrive 28i comes standard with a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Models equipped with the four-cylinder engine also feature stop-start technology. A 300-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission comes in the xDrive 35i with standard all-wheel drive. Only the four-cylinder 28i comes with rear-wheel drive or optional AWD (designated xDrive).

Significant standard features include 17-inch wheels, roof rails, fog lights, simulated leather upholstery, a joystick-like gear selector, a CD audio system with USB and MP3 inputs, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic air conditioning. Notable available features include 18- or 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED halos, a panoramic moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, aluminum trim, a navigation system and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

As required in all new vehicles of this model year, the 2014 X1 comes equipped with antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system. Side curtain airbags and front side-impact airbags also come standard. Optional safety features include a backup camera and parking sensors in the front and rear.

Should I Buy the 2014 BMW X1?

The 2014 BMW X1 holds immediate appeal due to the combination of its luxury nameplate and its relatively affordable price, and that appeal mostly stands up to use. Marks against it include its stop-start system, which causes the entire vehicle to vibrate when it activates, and its cramped backseat. It's also worth noting that you might not find the latest tech gadgets that you'd expect in a BMW. That said, its fuel economy is impressive, and its interior certainly lives up to its luxury branding. And again, it's tough to argue with what you get for the price.

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2014 BMW X1 Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


BMW x 1

by Rphziggy71 from Marion, Illinois on September 14, 2018

By far one of the best SUVs I've ever seen. Interior materials are great with many refinements. Ease of driving was smoothe and the x1 performance was not an issue. Read full review


Xdrive 35i is a BEAST

by Coolbreeze20 from Sacramento, CA on August 17, 2018

So we had the large-engine Xdrive35i - holy cow, what a fun car to drive. When you start it up you can tell you are in for a ride. The exhaust opens up for the initial rev of the engine and it is ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2014 BMW X1 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 BMW X1 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty


  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X1 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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