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MSRP: $30,900 - $38,800
Invoice: $28,430 - $35,695
MPG: 23 City / 34 Hwy
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BMW X1 Review

The 2014 BMW X1 ranks 11 out of 12 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X1, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers say the 2014 BMW X1 has sharp handling and a powerful engine, but they note that limited cargo space and expensive options packages may detract from its appeal.

The X1 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which reviewers praise for its ample power. Some say that the X1’s fuel-saving start-stop system is jarring and unrefined. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and is lauded for its quick gear changes. According to the EPA, the 2014 BMW X1 gets up to 23/34 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. A turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. However, the majority of critics recommend choosing the four-cylinder model because it offers strong acceleration, better fuel economy and a faster-shifting transmission than the six-cylinder model. The X1 earns praise for its powerful brakes and good steering feel, as well as its suspension, which they say provides a comfortable ride and athletic handling.

Auto writers say the BMW X1’s cabin has the sophisticated styling, materials and build quality they expect from BMW. Critics also write that the 2014 X1 features roomy front seats, but some recommend upgrading to the optional sport seats for extra support. A few reviewers say that the rear seats aren’t spacious enough to be comfortable. The BMW X1 has one of the smallest cargo areas in its class, although one test driver likes the number of small-item storage spaces in the cabin. Reviewers say the X1’s iDrive infotainment system is uncomplicated and adeptly controls a number of audio, smartphone and navigation functions. The X1 has a lower base price than many of its competitors, but comes with fewer standard features. Standard features include leatherette seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system and an eight-speaker audio system with HD Radio. Optional features include leather seats, power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon surround-sound system, a rearview camera and navigation.

  • "The 2014 BMW X1's sharp handling and exciting performance are rarities for a small crossover SUV. However, it doesn't offer much utility and, when typically optioned, it's a questionable value alongside its roomier competitors in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The X1 travels fast, handles dynamically and is surprisingly luxurious for a junior crossover." -- The New York Times (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Audi Q5 costs more than the BMW X1, but comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Q5 also has more cargo space, and test drivers love the Q5’s fun driving dynamics and high-quality interior.

Reviewers say the Infiniti QX50 has an upscale interior, easy-to-use tech features and car-like handling, much like the BMW X1. The QX50 costs more, but it has a number of standard features that the X1 lacks, including a rearview camera and leather seats.

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Details: 2014 BMW X1

The 2014 BMW X1 seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional with this powertrain. A 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard with this powertrain. The 2014 X1 comes in three trims: sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The BMW X1 debuted for the 2013 model year and sees few changes for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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