BMW's smallest crossover shakes off any doubt about its legitimacy this year with a bolder exterior and more room inside. The X1 now feels like a proper, albeit junior, member of the brand's utility vehicle family.
What's New for 2016
The X1 has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your BMW X1
The X1 sits on an all-new platform that's taller and wider than before, but still within bounds for the smallest class of luxury crossovers. Passengers sit higher now, and those in back get noticeably more legroom. A sliding and reclining rear seat is available for the first time as an option.
Every X1 carries BMW's new 228-horsepower turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is now standard.
For now, the X1 comes in a single trim level, officially known as xDrive 28i. Standard fare includes selectable driving modes, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats with driver memory, automatic wipers, and a seven-speaker sound system with HD radio and Bluetooth streaming.
The Luxury package adds leather seating and wood or aluminum interior trim. Models so equipped are eligible for Premium package with a panoramic sunroof, keyless access, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, LED headlamps, and ambient interior lighting. Heated front seats are available as part of the Cold Weather package.
The Technology package includes navigation with real-time traffic data, numerous online services, integrated smartphone apps, and a head-up display. The Driver Assistance package tacks on front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and an automated parking system. A Plus version of the same adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, frontal collision mitigation, and pedestrian detection.
Many of the Premium and Technology features can be added individually (picking only your must-haves can help reduce cost). A premium Harman Kardon sound system is also available on a standalone basis.
Although we wish it were standard, the sliding/reclining rear seat is a worthy option at $300. Because the interior feels so inviting when slathered in wood and leather, we also recommend the $1,550 Luxury package. All the other available features are indeed useful, but we're not thrilled over the fact that a fully loaded X1 costs the same as some seven-passenger luxury crossovers.