The BMW X1 arrived in 2013 and went through its first redesign in 2016. The 2020 model year brought in a refreshed look that included the larger grille that has made its way across Bimmer’s entire lineup and a few other nips and tucks. With the X1’s refresh entering just its second model year, we expect the 2021 BMW X1 to be a carryover model.
As a carryover model, we expect no changes to the 2021 BMW X1’s design, so we anticipate it carrying on with the same subcompact body that includes short overhangs, a swooping roofline, and a bold kidney grille. We expect the same on the inside, where the X1 will continue with its clutter-free design that includes a dash-top screen, simple center stack setup, electronic gear shifter, stylish three-spoke steering wheel, and upscale upholstery and trim options.
Under its hood, we expect this carryover crossover to continue with the same powertrain options. If this proves true, the 2021 X1 will feature just one engine option: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This will pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or a front-biased all-wheel-drive system.
The 2020 BMW X1 boasts “Good” scores in all IIHS crash tests but falls short of being a Top Safety Pick for a few reasons. First, the IIHS hasn’t performed a headlight test yet. Second, it received a horrific “No Credit” performance in the vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention test, as it failed to stop automatically for pedestrians. The IIHS requires at least an “Advanced” rating in the latter test to qualify for Top Safety Pick honors.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the current X1, though, as its standard automatic emergency braking did receive an “Advanced” rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle test. In testing, this system reduced the vehicle’s speed by 10 mph when traveling 12 mph and 7 mph when traveling 25 mph, which reduced the damage in a rear-end collision. The X1 also comes standard with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. We expect the safety ratings and features to remain the same on the 2021 X1.