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2021 BMW X1
$35,400 — $37,400 MSRP
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SUV
5 Seats
26-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Tight turning circle
  • Outward visibility
  • Roomy cabin
  • Cargo and storage space
  • Quality cabin materials

The Bad

  • Lackluster handling
  • Mushy brakes
  • Somewhat-short seat cushions
  • Accelerator lag
2021 BMW X1 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 BMW X1
  • Five-seat small SUV
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, satellite radio standard
  • Navigation standard

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2021 BMW X1 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 BMW X1?

The five-seat BMW X1 is a good fit for shoppers who want good cabin space and ample cargo room in a small SUV that’s easy to maneuver. The X1’s sole engine is a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered, and competitors include the Audi Q3, Cadillac XT4 and Volvo XC40.

What’s New on the 2021 BMW X1?

There are no significant changes this year. 

What Features in the 2021 BMW X1 Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Touchscreen navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity 
  • Power liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available features include:

  • Wireless device charging
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • Sliding and reclining backseat
  • Head-up display
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability 

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW X1?

The X1 earns praise for its roomy interior, spacious cargo area, good outward visibility and quality cabin materials. Its turbo four-cylinder engine delivers solid passing power, but the SUV’s handling and brake-pedal feel leave something to be desired considering the BMW badge on the hood. 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

So far so good

by Southwest Missy from Southwest on March 31, 2021

The first thing one notices is the quietness of the ride. After that, the handling - surefooted and solid. Love the extensive sunroof. Only owned the car a short while, so hard to comment on value for... Read full review

(5.0)

Buying a new BMW X-1

by LovesGermanEngineered-Cars from Silver Spring, MD on December 5, 2020

So far, my wife, for whom I bought the car, is extremely happy. It is too soon to judge the overall reliability of the vehicle, since we bought it only yesterday. But the car has the sport and premium... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 BMW X1 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 BMW X1 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    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.*
* 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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