2014 BMW X1
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If you're looking for sporty performance, respectable utility and a luxurious vibe that's all wrapped up in a small package, the 2014 BMW X1 is a great place to start your search. The X1 was introduced to the United States last year and, despite a few key competitors, it remains a stand-out in the compact luxury crossover class.
The BMW X1 is as well-equipped and fun to drive as any other small BMW. It is essentially a smaller version of the X3, and the X1 uses the same engines as its big brother. Those engines include a strong yet efficient turbocharged four-cylinder or an even more powerful 300-horsepower turbocharged inline-6. The X1 is also 6.6 inches shorter in length and 5 inches shorter in height than the X3, and those dimensions help deliver sportiness and agility that many larger rivals can't provide.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and options
The 2014 BMW X1 is offered in three trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The sDrive designation indicates rear-wheel drive, while xDrive models are all-wheel drive.
The sDrive28i comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, automatic wipers, cruise control, automatic climate control, eight-way manual front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, the iDrive electronics interface and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio input, HD radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. The xDrive28i adds all-wheel drive and hill descent control.
Besides its more powerful engine, the xDrive35i adds 18-inch wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and eight-way power front seats (with driver memory settings).
Although there are a handful of individual options, most available features are bundled into option packages, many of which must be purchased in combination with each other.
The Premium package adds the panoramic sunroof and power seats to the 28i as well as keyless ignition/entry, front-seat power lumbar support, auto-dimming mirrors and leather upholstery. The Cold Weather package includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A Lighting package adds the adaptive xenon headlights to the 28i as well as automatic high beams and interior ambient lighting for all. Opt for the Technology package and your X1 will have an 8.8-inch display, a navigation system, Bluetooth audio connectivity, iPhone app integration (including Pandora and Stitcher) and BMW Remote Services (which allows both Apple and Android users to lock the car remotely and turn on the climate control, among various other tasks).
The Driver Assistance package (which requires the Technology package) adds a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. The Ultimate package includes all the features of the Premium, Technology and Driver Assistance packages.
In addition to those packages there's a trio of "Design Lines." Two are mostly cosmetic: the xLine (Y-spoke 18-inch wheels and dark copper body accents) and the Sport Line (double-spoke 18-inch wheels, black body trim and multi-adjustable sport seats). The M Sport Line features enhancements such as an aero body kit; a choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels; a sport-tuned suspension; paddle shifters; a higher top speed limiter; and the multi-adjustable sport seats as well as cosmetic tweaks such as blackout window frames, unique door sills, unique red leather upholstery and wood/aluminum cabin accents.
Powertrains and Performance
The rear-drive X1 sDrive28i and all-wheel-drive xDrive28i are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 240 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is standard, as is a stop-start system that shuts off the engine when stopped to save fuel.
According to BMW, the X1 sDrive28i will go from zero to 60 mph in a swift 6.2 seconds, with the xDrive version just 0.1 second behind. EPA-estimated fuel economy is impressive at 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined for the sDrive, and 22/33/26 for the xDrive.
The X1 xDrive35i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard. In Edmunds testing, the X1 xDrive35i sprinted to 60 mph in a quick 5.8 seconds. The EPA estimates stand at 18/27/21, which is actually better than some less powerful rivals.
Every 2014 BMW X1 comes standard with antilock disc brakes (with automatic brake drying), brake standby, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front-seat head restraints and stability/traction control and (on xDrive versions) hill descent control.
Optional equipment includes front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Also available is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance.
In Edmunds brake testing, the X1 stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet, which is similar to the larger and heavier X3.
Interior Design and Special Features
The X1's cabin is typical BMW, meaning clear gauges, sensible ergonomics and solid build and materials quality throughout. 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.
The driving position is more SUV than sedan. You sit high and peer down the X1's sculpted hood. The steering wheel is chunky and contributes to the sensation that this is a driver's car rather than a grocery getter. 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. The rear seat is a bit flat and as expected, legroom and headroom for taller adults is tight. Nor is the X1 a good choice for parents with very small children, as bulky rear-facing child safety seats will likely force you to move the front seats forward.
With the rear seats up, cargo capacity rates 14.8 cubic feet. Fold them down and space opens up to 47.7 cubes. Almost any other small luxury crossover SUV offers more.
2013 BMW X1 Vehicle Overview
BMW's newest addition to its crossover lineup, the X1, is also the smallest. Sold previously in markets outside the U.S., the X1 hits dealerships in fall 2012 as a 2013 model and will be available with a choice of turbocharged engines. The subcompact premium crossover segment is a new one in the U.S., and recent entrants include the Mini Cooper Countryman and upcoming Buick Encore.
Familiar design cues make the X1 immediately recognizable as a BMW, including a twin-kidney grille that dominates the front end. It's bordered by quad headlights behind clear covers. From some angles, the X1 looks a little like a hatchback car, but it's enough of a crossover overall to avoid that designation in the market. Exterior features include:
- Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels optional
- LED taillights
- Fog lights
- Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED halos
- Available panoramic moonroof
- Available xLine and Sport Line versions with different equipment
As is BMW tradition, the X1 has a driver-centric dashboard that brings a streamlined appearance to the cabin. BMW says it improved the controls and touch-points of the X1 for its U.S. debut, but some of the surfaces in the cabin - like the grab bars on the doors - have a low-grade feel that's out of place in even an entry-luxury crossover. Simulated leather seating surfaces are standard while leather seats are optional. A Cold Weather Package includes a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. The 40/20/40-split folding rear bench seat is more accommodating for adult passengers than the crossover's small footprint suggests. The available M Sport Package includes sport seats, an M steering wheel and aluminum trim. Interior features include:
- Standard iDrive system operates CD stereo with iPod and USB connectivity
- Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
- Available navigation system
Under the Hood
Both the turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines work with automatic transmissions; a manual isn't offered. Mechanical features include:
- Fuel-saving stop-start engine technology (four-cylinder)
- Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 240 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque
- Turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque
- Eight-speed automatic transmission (four-cylinder)
- Six-speed automatic (six-cylinder)
- Regenerative braking
- Available sport suspension
The X1 has standard safety features like side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. Other safety features include:
- Available backup camera
- Available front and rear parking sensors
Special Offer Details
*2015 X1 xDrive28i $349*/month for 36 months. $500 Option Allowance is included in payment.
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• $349 First months payment
• $3,830 Down payment
• $725 Acquisition fee
• $4,904 due at signing
*Lease financing available on 2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i vehicles, only at participating BMW centers on leases assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC/Financial Services Vehicle Trust through July 31, 2014. $500 Option Allowance is a credit against the MSRP of the final purchase, loan or lease on a X1 xDrive28i through July 31, 2014. Monthly Lease payments of $349.00 for 36 months based on MSRP of $38,350.00. Vehicle may need to be ordered. Total Lease payments are $12,564.00. Excludes tax, title, license and registration fees. Program available to qualified customers and not everyone will qualify. Subject to credit approval. See participating dealer for details. Dealer contribution may affect terms. Lessee must cover insurance and all items not covered under the BMW Maintenance Program. At lease end, lessee will be liable for disposition fee ($350.00), any excess wear and use as set forth in the lease agreement and excess mileage charges of $0.20 per mile for miles driven in excess of 30,000 miles. Purchase option at lease end for $23,010.00 excludes taxes. Lessee acquires no ownership interest unless purchase option is exercised. See participating BMW centers for details and vehicle availability.