The X1 is one half of BMW's representation in the subcompact luxury SUV segment, alongside the X2. BMW introduced the little crossover for the 2016 model year and gave it a midcycle update for 2020, but there are no changes for 2022. The X1 competes with other entry-level luxury SUVs including the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Volvo XC40.
The X1 is a strong performer at the track; as a package, though, there are other vehicles in the segment that offer more to the average consumer.
BMW's turbo-four has a hint of noticeable lag, but once on boost, the little BMW feels plenty quick. The eight-speed automatic is smooth enough, if hesitant to downshift on occasion. We found nimble handling on all models. That said, the performance suspension that comes with the M Sport package is uncomfortably firm without adding meaningful performance. We dig the AWD system, though; it benefits performance on the road and adds appreciated traction in low-friction driving environments like snow or mud.
Interior quality doesn't feel quite up to the standard set by other BMWs; this is clearly an entry-level product. Both the materials and the build quality feel a step down. Although the cabin is spacious and airy, interior design looks uninspired compared to other vehicles in the segment.
If you want a BMW, the X1 will be your least expensive option. For those seeking a luxurious subcompact SUV, though, we'd recommend a Volvo XC40.
BMW only offers one powertrain option for the X1, labeled the sDrive28i with front-wheel drive or the xDrive28i with all-wheel drive. The engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four cranking out a respectable 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. When we tested an AWD example, it reached 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Although the EPA hasn't released 2022 fuel economy numbers, the identical 2021 model returned 23-24/31-33 mpg city/highway.
The X1 is a strong performer in NHTSA safety testing, earning the highest possible five-star overall safety rating. It also earns the best available ratings in all six crashworthiness tests by the IIHS, but the automatic emergency braking system earned no credit for vehicle-to-pedestrian crash mitigation.
BMW includes a few driver assist active safety features as standard: forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams. Optional extras include adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
Although the X1's direct competitor from Mercedes-Benz has a slight advantage in front and rear legroom, most customers will be better served by the BMW's significantly larger cargo area.
|Legroom (front/rear)||Cargo Space (behind second/first rows)|
|2022 BMW X1||40.4/37.0 inches||27.1/58.7 cubic feet|
|2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class||41.0/38.0 inches||15.4/50.5 cubic feet|
Regardless of option packages or trim, every X1 features the same 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, integrated navigation, and satellite radio are all standard, as is seven-speaker audio, but a 12-speaker Harman Kardon setup is available. Other optional tech features include a head-up display, wireless charging pad, and park assist system.
If you keep up with BMW naming conventions, its even-numbered vehicles are usually sporty-looking coupelike versions of the odd-numbered cars. That's the case with the X2; it's based on the same underpinnings as the X1 but offers sleeker styling and an available M Sport trim with a stronger engine and additional performance hardware.
We'd recommend the X1 xDrive28i, preferably without the M Sport package. Although it's not obvious from looking at them, the X1 is mechanically similar to the Mini Cooper S Countryman. In our eyes, if you're going to go for the BMW, you might as well get the one with the competent AWD system, but the M Sport package adds an unnecessarily stiff suspension setup.
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