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2021 BMW X1

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

175.5” x 62.9”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 BMW X1 trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

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

2021 BMW X1 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
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Most recent consumer reviews


Fabulous compact suv with lots of room, great mil

Most comfortable car I have ever driven. My 6th BMW. So easy to get into tight parking spaces. Brakes a bit tight- need to get used to!


Continuing with My Favorite Model-the Amazing X!

I couldn't be happier with this vehicle. It was made for ME! Its height makes it easy and painless to enter and exit the driver's seat with my arthritic knees....I just slide in & out in nicely! The "head up" feature is very helpful every day. Those are the best headlights ever for night driving. No complaints from this customer-in her 3rd X!


So far so good

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 the money, but loving the easy acceleration of this car and the smooth handling around curves. I wanted a smaller vehicle since usually just me, but one that can handle winter driving and steep hills. The X1 more than fits that bill.

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Based on the 2021 BMW X1 base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
36 months/36,000 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
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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