2018 BMW X1 SAV

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Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 BMW X1 SAV Overview

The standard features of the BMW X1 sDrive28i include 2.0L I-4 228hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, DSC-X electronic stability.

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  • 2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i SAV

    2.0LL I-4 cyl,
    8-Speed Automatic,
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    Park Distance Control, Driving Assistance Package, Front Bucket Seats
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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Ground clearance (max) - 183mm (7.2")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 7
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 6.5"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 228hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,450RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.0mm x 94.5mm (3.23" x 3.72")
  • Compression ratio - 10.20 to 1
  • Payload - 408kg (899lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,607kg (3,543lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,141kg (4,720lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,455mm (175.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,821mm (71.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,598mm (62.9")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,026mm (40.4")
  • Rear legroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,064mm (41.9")
  • Rear headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Passenger volume - 2,866L (101.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 767 L (27 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,662 L (59 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 228hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,450RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - STEPTRONIC
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 26mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 32mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/50VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 225/50VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
sDrive28i 2018 BMW X1 SAV sDrive28i Search New $33,900   228-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  23 / 32  
xDrive28i 2018 BMW X1 SAV xDrive28i Search New $35,900   228-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 31  
xDrive28i w/Brazil 2018 BMW X1 SAV xDrive28i w/Brazil Search New $35,900   228-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  8-spd auto  22 / 31  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The 2.0-liter turbo engine, with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, accelerates from zero to sixty in 6.4 seconds. That’s very quick for the fast and quick by any standard. The X1 inspires confidence in traffic. It responds like a BMW when you put your foot down.

The speed-sensitive electric power steering is quick and well weighted, and although it’s lacking in BMW feel, but you can still run the X1 on twisty roads harder than rivals. The good brakes complement such conditions.

The X1 ride is comfortable as it is, even on standard 18-inch wheels with run-flat all-season tires; conventional all-season tires with a space-saver spare are available at no extra cost.

The Driving Dynamic Control modes are Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro, which change the sensitivity of the steering, throttle, and transmission. Not surprisingly, given the intent of the X1, we found a significant difference between the settings, as it’s supposed to be. Power is quite slow to arrive in Eco Pro, medium slow in Comfort, and quicker in Sport, or if you’re using manual control in the shift gate or the paddleshifters. In any mode other than Sport, the transmission resists shifting down during uphill acceleration.

BMW’s all-wheel drive xDrive uses a clutch and hydraulic pump system that can shift 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels in a small fraction of a second. Our seat time included some miles in the mountains on roads with rocks and mud from recent landslides. The X1’s good ground clearance was useful, however, on some gravelly spots, we lost some confidence along with lost traction. A Range Rover, Volvo, Audi, or Subaru exudes more confidence on gravel.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

With the twin-kidney grille, the X1 is clearly a BMW, and with its height and greenhouse it’s clearly a crossover, not a stylish BMW wagon.

The big nostrils of the grille are framed by cat’s eye headlamps, with icing-like sculpting that stretches down the sides of the car to the high taillamps. Dark cladding wraps around the rear and touches the low air intakes up front.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The dashboard looks smart, with its big round analog gauges, but the standard interior materials don’t meet the quality expected in a premium vehicle. The front seats are inadequate in thigh bolstering and thin on back support. We haven’t tried the sport seats.

The back seats are comfortable, however. There’s good headroom, thanks to the height, and generous legroom in the rear for a subcompact, although not enough width back there for three adults. The seats are easy to climb in and out of, thanks to wide door openings. There is an available rear seat that reclines and slides rearward by five inches. Forward, if cargo space is needed.

Cargo space is good for a subcompact crossover, a bit less than a compact. It’s 27.1 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 58.7 cubic feet with it down. That’s more than the Audi Q3 or Range Rover Evoque, but way less than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

The low dashboard and fairly thin windshield pillars allows excellent visibility.

We like the optional wood trim and leather with contrasting stitching, and the head-up display, and the 8.8-inch touchscreen that’s mounted on top of the center console festooned with audio and climate buttons. The screen comes with a touchpad on the iDrive knob.


New Car Test Drive

The BMW X1 is a sweet subcompact crossover SUV, with a strong powertrain, excellent safety, and good fuel mileage. Its base price is attractive, but the base car isn’t so much. It takes options and money to make the X1 excellent.

Sam Moses wrote this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2018 BMW X1 sDrive28i ($33,900) comes with front-wheel drive; X1 xDrive28i ($35,900) comes with all-wheel drive. Leatherette upholstery is standard. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

X1 sDrive28i Convenience Tier ($36,400) includes SiriusXM, panoramic moonroof and other features, while Premium Tier ($39,700) adds navigation and active-safety features. The Luxury Package ($1550) upgrades to leather upholstery and premium trim materials.

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