2015 BMW X1

Pros: Impressive handling for an SUV; polished, refined interior; decent interior room, considering the compact exterior size

Cons: Compromised acceleration in ECO-PRO mode; some testers found the auto start/stop feature coarse and intrusive; M Sport package makes for a stiffer ride

CG Says: The smaller of BMW’s crossover compact sport-utility vehicles sees no changes of note for 2015. If you like BMW’s X3 and X5 crossovers, but find them too big or too pricey, be sure to drive an X1. We’re impressed with the 28i model’s power, and the handling is a treat. This small SUV maintains most of its bigger-sibling X3’s best features but concentrates them down to a more accessible, yet still handy, size. The X1 is a fine place to look for those who crave owning a premium brand but don’t necessarily want to pay the high prices that are usually part of the deal. Be careful picking extras though–it’s possible to add $10,000 or more to the sticker price.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices sDrive28i: $31,850
AWD xDrive28i: $33,650
AWD xDrive35i: $39,750

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

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2015 BMW X1