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in Luxury Compact SUVs

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

Reviewers say the interior of the 2014 BMW X1 features the sophisticated styling, premium materials and top-notch build quality they have come to expect from BMW. In fact, one reviewer says that the quality of the X1’s materials and construction is as good as those of the much pricier BMW X5 SUV and 5-Series sedan. However, one critic is confused by BMW’s options list, which groups popular features into large packages. Some reviewers think interior space is lacking.

  • "The X1's cabin is typical BMW, meaning clear gauges, sensible ergonomics and solid build and materials quality throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 X1 has the sophisticated cabin you'd expect in a BMW." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The X1 is among the least-expensive BMWs, but the company didn't obviously cut corners in the interior. There's a classy vibe overall. The materials used, detailing, and assembly quality would be right at home in BMW's X5 SUV or 5-Series sedan." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Where it starts to lose me is with the numerous packages. Like I said, I'd totally pay extra for the paint and maybe even fork over for the heated front seats, but do I not get any lumbar support if I don't opt for the ‘Ultimate’ package?" -- Jalopnik (2013)

Seating

The 2014 BMW X1 seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Options include leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats and power-adjustable lumbar support. Reviewers agree that the X1 offers roomy front seats. However, one test driver says that the base seats are unsupportive, and suggests ordering the optional sport seats, which are available with the M Sport and Sport Line packages. Many reviewers say the rear seats aren’t spacious, though one thinks the X1 is big enough to accommodate four people comfortably. Additionally, another auto writer notes that the rear seats recline to improve comfort.

  • "Rear-seat legroom isn't plentiful, but passengers do have the ability to recline for added comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We've found that the base seats in the sDrive28i provide poor lumbar support and lateral bolstering, so we recommend opting for the available sport seats, which solve both of these problems." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, cabin space is ample for front-seat passengers and the cabin is well trimmed, but back-seat riders might find their knees really need the seatback indentations to allow sufficient room." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Interior room for four adults is just fine and the upmarket eight-way adjustable sport seats are one of the best things on the X1 in this trim." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 BMW X1 comes standard with automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon surround-sound system and navigation.

One automotive journalist says that the volume buttons in the X1 are well-placed on the steering wheel and that cruise control is easy to use. Additionally, another writes that the climate controls are straightforward. Reviewers say the X1’s iDrive system is uncomplicated and does an effective job controlling a number of audio, smartphone and navigation functions.

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  • "BMW's iDrive electronics interface might seem complicated before you acclimate yourself, but overall, it works quite well for controlling various audio, navigation and smartphone functions, thanks to its straightforward menu design and fast processing times." -- Edmunds
  • "We also liked that this iDrive system responded to user commands more quickly than some earlier iterations of the interface did. There are separate, simple controls for the climate system. Most everything else is within easy reach, but like most BMWs some buttons are marked with cryptic symbols." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The volume control is on the correct (left) side of the steering wheel; the cruise control is an easy-to-operate stalk." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 BMW X1 has one of the smaller cargo areas in the class, with 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. One reviewer thinks that the X1’s small cargo area makes it less useful on long trips. However, the X1 does draw praise for its storage flexibility. The cargo area features rear seats that fold flat, as well as an under-floor organizer. According to one auto writer, the X1 has a number of useful storage spaces in the cabin, as well as a low cargo floor, which makes it easy to load and unload large items.

  • "To increase space, the seat backs can be folded to create a flat load floor. It's nice and low too, which makes stowing big items relatively easy. There's also an under-floor organizer and two pockets on the side panels to stash smaller items. In-cabin storage isn't bad. There's a small bin in front of the shifter, a console compartment we wish was bigger, and a nice glovebox. We did appreciate the massive door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With less than 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, long family vacations will pose a problem." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space is decent at between 14.8 and 47.7 cubic feet, but it's the flexibility of the cargo area and the 40:20:40 rear seat backs that steals the show. Space underneath the rear floor is also quite usable and keeps things from flying around back there." -- Autoblog (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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