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2018 sDrive28i 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $33,900
2018 xDrive28i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $35,900


The BMW X1 continues to carry the torch as the automaker’s smallest crossover. Built off of a Mini-sourced platform, the X1 is a sporty, compact crossover with styling and space that should appeal to the SUV-obsessed masses and a peppy powertrain that's worthy of the BMW roundel on the nose.

What's New for 2018

Now in the third year of its second generation, the 2018 X1 arrives with minor changes. BMW has instituted a tiered package structure that unlocks specific single options once a tier is chosen. Some old packages have been removed from the X1’s options list, as well.

The Cold Weather and Technology Packages are no longer available, as the contents have migrated to other packages or are now offered as standalone features. Parking Assistant Plus has been renamed to the Parking Assistance Package, while Active Driving Assistant is now being offered as the Driving Assistance Package, which in some cases includes a head-up display. Lastly, Active Driving Assistant Plus is being offered as a Driving Assistance Plus Package.

Pricing for the two models has increased with the base X1 sDrive 28i starting at $34,895 (all prices include the $995 destination and handling fee), which is an increase of $800 over the 2017 model. The X1 xDrive 28i now starts at $36,895, again, $800 more than the old model.


Choosing Your BMW X1


While sharing a chassis with a MINI may seem like a downside, the X1 still has a useable interior.

With the X1’s height and large greenhouse, the crossover has up to 27.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity and 58.7 cubic feet with the rear seat down, which is better than other luxury crossovers in the segment. And at 175.4 inches long, the X1’s back seats offers up 37 inches of legroom, while the crossover's height ensures that passengers in the back have 39.4 inches of headroom.

Both the sDrive 28i and xDrive 28i share the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and the same eight-speed automatic transmission – the only difference between them is that the sDrive 28i is front-wheel drive while the xDrive gets the eponymous all-wheel-drive system. Unsurprisingly, the sDrive 28i is the more fuel-efficient trim, with an EPA estimate of 23 miles per gallon in the city, 32 highway, and 26 combined. The xDrive 28i, though, isn’t too far behind, as it only loses one mile per gallon in each category.

Standard features on the sDrive 28i include: 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, satin aluminum roof rails, eight-way power front seats, SensaTec upholstery, seven-speaker HiFi sound system, Bluetooth, HD radio, a rear-view camera, Dynamic Cruise Control, 6.5-inch infotainment screen, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power liftgate.

The new Convenience Tier ($2,500) adds an auto-dimming mirrors, a Comfort Access keyless entry system, universal garage-door opener, ambient lighting, lumbar support for the seats, power-folding mirrors, and a panoramic moonroof. Adding the Convenience Tier then opens up the Luxury Package ($1,550), adding new Dakota leather upholstery and a choice of fine-wood oak grain trim with a pearl chrome accent, brushed aluminum trim with a pearl chrome accent, as well as fine-wood "fineline" trim with a pearl chrome accent.


The Convenience Tier also allows buyers to add the Navigation Business Package ($950), which incorporates a fully-integrated navigation system with a 6.5-inch display screen and a Bluetooth Hands Free Interface, and the Driving Assistance Package ($700), adding the Active Driving Assistant, which features four active safety features – Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation, and Pedestrian Protection – automatic high beam, and speed limit information. ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant is an additional $1,000 option that adds Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go in addition to the Active Driving Assistant.

The Premium Tier ($5,800) includes everything from the Convenience Tier and adds remote services, LED headlights, a head-up display, heated front seats, an advanced adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, navigation with a touchpad controller, and advanced real-time traffic information.

The sDrive 28i is also available in the M Sport Design trim for $39,545, which comes with a body kit, high-gloss roof rails, dark exterior trim, ambient lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding mirrors, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Comfort Access keyless entry system, an M-branded Steering wheel, sport seats, a panoramic moonroof, and 18-inch wheels as standard.


The xDrive 28i shares a lot of the same standard features as the base model, but adds an all-wheel-drive system and Hill Descent Control.

Just like on the lower trim, the xDrive 28i has an available Convenience Tier ($2,500) and Premium Tier ($5,800) – the only real difference is that the Premium Tier includes a heated steering wheel. The xDrive 28i is also available in an M Sport Design trim that starts at $41,545 and comes with the same standard feature as the front-wheel-drive trim.

Some items can be fitted as an optional extra, including sport seats ($400), sliding and reclining rear seats ($300), heated front seats and steering wheel ($550), wireless charging and WiFi hotspot ($500), a Harmon Kardon surround sound system ($875), and Apple CarPlay compatibility ($300).

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Keeping the number of options to a minimum on the X1 is the way to go, as prices for the compact crossover can quickly creep upward. The all-wheel-drive model is attractive and since no one wants a bare-bones car, the Convenience Tier box should be ticked as well. The sport seats and the sliding and reclining rear seat adjustment are must-have options, as is removing the stock run-flat tires for those that want to occasionally have some fun in their BMW or want a more comfortable ride.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Good looks intersect with affordability in the 2018 BMW X1, the automaker's most affordable model. The wagon-like utility vehicle comes with a strong engine and spacious cargo area, and is the only BMW with standard front-wheel drive.

Best Value

Our “best value” pick is the standard sDrive28i, the base front-wheel drive version with a retail price of $34,895 (including a $995 destination charge). Buyers in markets where wintry conditions are common should consider the all-wheel drive xDrive for an additional $2,000.

The X1 offers two design options: xLine and M Sport, the latter adding $4,650. The operative word is design, as this vehicle brings in the look of M models without the performance upgrades. As such, we recommend sticking with the xLine design.

From there, buyers have two tier choices to consider above the base trim: Convenience ($2,500), which brings keyless entry, a moonroof, power-folding mirrors, ambient lighting, a universal garage-door opener, satellite radio, and auto-dimming interior, exterior, and rearview mirrors, and Premium ($5,800), which builds on the Convenience Tier and adds adaptive LED headlights, navigation with real-time traffic information, a head-up display, remote services, and active driving assistant technology. We equipped our "best value" pick with the Premium Tier.

  • Model: 2018 BMW X1 Premium
  • Engine: 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged I4
  • Output: 228 hp/258 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 23 city/32 highway
  • Options: Our best value pick is equipped with the Premium Tier for an additional $5,800 and the optional sport seats ($400).
  • Base Price: $34,895 (including $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $41,095



The 2018 BMW X1 produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission works alongside this engine. Unfortunately, BMW doesn't offer a manual transmission, which would be an ideal standard pairing for the front-wheel drive model.

The X1’s engine is found in other BMW applications, including the 3 Series. Tuned for this model, this engine offers a 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds. Drivers will feel confidence when passing, and if trips take owners through the mountains, the X1 doesn’t flag. We especially like the transmission, as it quickly shifts up and down the gear range. The paddle shifters afford manual control of the same, delivering a more engaged driving experience.

The X1 makes an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Choose all-wheel drive and a 22/31 mpg city/highway rating is within reach. Both numbers are in the upper range of this segment.

Interior and Exterior

BMW successfully brings its design language to this wagon-like utility vehicle. The familiar BMW twin-kidney grille and sleek headlights execute well. Beautiful profile sculpting and flowing lines effectively tie this model to its rear end, where they gently end.

Inside, the X1 offers an uncomplicated cabin with a fairly spartan look. A large screen sits on top of the dashboard with richer hides and wood accents available, but for a premium price. The standard front seats have hard bottoms and insufficient lateral support. For this reason, we suggest upgrading to the sport seats. The X1 seats four adults in comfort, although there are seat belts for five.

Standard features include power front seats, imitation leather seats, a seven-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and satellite radio. There's also dynamic cruise control and a rearview camera.

The Best and Worst Things

The standard front seats demand an upgrade to the sport seats, but the best seats in the house are in the back. The near 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded makes the X1 an ideal model for weekend getaways for you and a friend.

Right For...

Audi Q3

The first-time BMW owner on a budget. Let’s face it: BMWs are typically pricey. Yet, it's still the status symbol of up-and-coming young executives. The X1 delivers a more affordable entry point, perhaps enabling buyers to keep up with their student loan payments while enjoying a BMW.

Wrong For...

Thrill seekers. Although the X1 packs ample power, the other X models deliver superior steering feedback.

The Bottom Line

Finding a new BMW for under $40,000 is a challenge, but the X1 delivers. It has the look of other BMW models, although it shares its front-wheel drive platform with the Mini Countryman. That said, the X1 should only whet buyer's appetite for all things BMW, which is exactly what the automaker succeeds in doing.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
58.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.4 "
Exterior Width
71.7 "
Exterior Height
62.9 "
Front Headroom
41.9 " / 40.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 " / 38.2 "
Front Legroom
40.4 "
Rear Legroom
37.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,543 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger / Power Remote Heated Driver
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Dakota Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
7 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Active Driving Assistant Forward Collision Mitigation / Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure / Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Daytime Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Automated / Parking Assistant Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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