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Key Specs

of the 2017 BMW X1. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy interior
  • Cargo and storage space
  • Cabin materials
  • Passing power
  • Visibility
  • Tight turning circle

The Bad

  • Lackluster handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Somewhat short seat cushions
  • No standard backup camera
  • Accelerator lag

Notable Features of the 2017 BMW X1

  • 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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2017 BMW X1 Road Test

by Kelsey Mays

Editor's note: This review was written in February 2016 about the 2016 X1. The 2017 adds a front-wheel-drive variant with a lower start... Read More

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Enjoy the Ride

by ElizaH from Fort Mill, SC on August 15, 2018

This car is just what I needed. It gives me extra room without feeling big and bulky. I?m also enjoying the extra interior space and headroom. The extra features like parking assist and the navigation ... Read full review

(5.0)

Ultimate Driving SUV

by Joe H. on August 3, 2018

SUV drives smooth, handles great, and has plenty of power from a peppy, fuel efficient 4 cylinder. Got 36MPG cruising on the highway at 75mph which is fantastic for an AWD SUV. Compared to the Ford ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 BMW X1 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 BMW X1 sDrive28i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by BMW
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

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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