of the 2017 BMW X1. Base trim shown.
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- Roomy interior
- Cargo and storage space
- Cabin materials
- Passing power
- Tight turning circle
- Lackluster handling
- Mushy brakes
- Somewhat short seat cushions
- No standard backup camera
- Accelerator lag
New front-wheel-drive version
Five-seat small luxury SUV
Turbo four-cylinder engine standard
All-wheel drive available
Sliding backseat available
Panoramic moonroof available
What Is the 2017 BMW X1?
The 2017 BMW X1 is a luxury compact SUV that competes against the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLA250. Since its 2016 redesign, the exterior styling has come in line with the larger X5, featuring BMW's large, upright dual-kidney grille, standard LED daytime running lights, optional LED headlights and distinct fender flares.
The 2017 BMW X1 comes in in two trim levels: the rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i and all-wheel-drive xDrive28i.
What's New on the 2017 BMW X1?
For 2017, the BMW X1 is available as a more affordable front-wheel-drive sDrive28i, and the M suspension is now part of the M Sport Package rather than standard.
How Does the 2017 BMW X1 Compare to Other SUVs?
This year's model is shorter from bumper to bumper, but it's also taller wider and slightly lighter. It's larger than competition like the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA250, but for a similar price point, the Acura RDX and Lexus NX are the biggest options.
At higher speeds, the BMW X1 offers luxury-quality noise insulation. The ride quality of the standard M Sport suspension is characteristic of BMW in the X1, though it's somewhat firm when responding to individual bumps. Overall, it provides a more comfortable ride than the GLA250 or NX, but it's the Q3 that leads the pack here.
What Features in the 2017 BMW X1 Are Most Important?
The 2017 BMW X1 is powered by a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. Significant standard features include LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry and a power liftgate. As required of all new vehicles for the 2017 model year, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard.
Significant available features include all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a panoramic moonroof, a backup camera and a self-parking system.
Should I Buy the 2017 BMW X1?
The 2017 BMW X1 is the brand's take on a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V in the sense that the emphasis is more on utility than driving fun, but it's faster and offers higher quality cabin materials. The X1 offers a turning circle of 37.4 feet, which is best in its class.
If you're looking for cargo and passenger space, a quality interior and good passing power, the X1 will appeal to you, but its accelerator lag, mushy brakes and lackluster handling might not live up to BMW's reputation.
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