The 2018 model has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with an output of 228 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque. That is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to either a front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain. There is no hesitation from the engine when needing to open up the throttle. Acceleration is smooth and turbo lag is very minute. This launches the X1 from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, very respectable in the compact SUV segment considering it only has that much power. The transmission shifts immediately and proved itself when passing slower vehicles on the road. Opting for the all-wheel-drive improves the handling capabilities of the X1. Through the turn, there is no lack of grip and keeps body roll to a minimum. The steering is accurate and did not feel cumbersome even at slower speeds, although it could have been weighted a little lighter. Strong and easy to control describe the braking performance of the X1. The arrival of the stopping force is linear and the pedal was very effective in modulating the brakes especially in busier streets. The distance it took to stop from 60 mph is 109 feet, a class-leading figure and a testament to its braking prowess.
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The sDrive28i and xDrive28i trims have standard equipment that includes foglights, keyless ignition, rain-activated wipers, power liftgate, power-adjustable front seats, driver seat memory settings, Bluetooth, CD player and a seven-speaker sound system. The Convenience package adds keyless entry, satellite radio, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, and power-adjustable lumbar support for the front seats. The M Sport Design builds upon the Convenience package and adds performance parts upgrades. The Premium package includes LED headlights, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a heads-up display, and navigation. The Driving Assistance package includes several advanced safety and driver aids. Standalone options for all trims include Apple CarPlay, a wireless charging pad, Wi-Fi, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and more advanced safety and driver aids.
The 2018 model has been tested by the NHTSA and it gained 4-stars in the frontal crash test, 5-stars in the side crash test, and 4-stars in the rollover test. Overall, it achieved a 5-star safety rating. The 2018 X1 has also been tested by the IIHS and it received “Good” scores for crashworthiness, an “Advanced” score for front crash prevention and a “Marginal” score for its headlights. The only standard safety feature included in the 2018 X1 is a rearview camera. The advanced safety and driver aids are add-ons for all trims. The driver assistance system includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors. BMW’s proprietary telematics system is also included, enabling access remotely via the smartphone app. The BMW Assist comes with an emergency request (SOS button) and enhanced automatic collision warning.
The 2018 model has a 175.4-inch length, 71.8-inch width, 62.9-inch height, and a 112.8-inch wheelbase. This year’s model is visually identical to last year’s model and receives no exterior revisions. The X1 has two body styles, which are the xLine and M Sport designs. They are primarily distinguished by their differing front bumpers and side and rear skirts, with the M Sport having a more muscular aesthetic. The two trims have options for 18-inch and 19-inch wheels and roof rails and a rear spoiler comes standard.
Entering the X1 is simply a breeze, given its low ride height, and stepping on the side bolsters make it very convenient. The shorter doors are also advantageous in tighter parking areas as these do not hinder the entryway. Legroom and headroom for both rows are generous and there was no feeling of being boxed in at all. Up to five people can fit onboard and the seats they rest on are decent at best. The front seats could be more supportive on the side and its cushion is on the firmer side. Likewise can be said for the rear seats, but fortunately, they did not induce fatigue on longer trips. Ride quality on a sporty vehicle can be rocky when impacts are ridden over. The firm suspension does little to dampen the bumps and cracks on the pavement but on smoother roads the ride is stable. Road and tire noise can be heard from inside the cabin, while engine noise is kept at bay.
Behind the second row of seats is 27.1 cu. ft. of space, and it expands to 58.7 cu. ft. when folding down the second row of seats.