of the 2014 BMW X1. Base trim shown.
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- Four-cylinder's acceleration
- Four-cylinder's gas mileage
- More interior room than exterior size suggests
- Handling with M Sport Package
- Interior quality
- Ride quality with M Sport Package
- Power front seats not standard
- Small backseat
- Auto stop/start on four-cylinder
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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