2018 BMW X1 SUV Review, Specs, Release Dates

2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review Photos

The high popularity of small, parking spot-friendly SUV, making traditional vehicles like sedans and wagons left in the dust. And the 2018 BMW X1 shows that why. Its small size is perfect for urban drivers, while low load floors and large cargo capacity are perfect for transport. This is more expensive than most competitors, but the BMW X1 aims to provide compact crossover buyers who want something more luxurious and sporty in this already crowded market.

Under the hood, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharged capacity produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque sends the power tp the front or four-wheel drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this combination, the 2018 BMW X1 can go to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. But the X1 is not about sporty, its 40/20 / 40-split rear seat increases the flexibility to carry people and large items at the same time.

Overall, the 2018 BMW X1 functional and sporty characteristics are solid recommendations.

Trim and Features

The 2018 BMW X1 is a five-passenger compact luxury crossover SUV. It’s available in two versions: the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i. You have two options to go: xLine Design or M Sport Design. After that, you can add various groups of options called BMW tiers. The M Sports design already includes the Convenience package, which is an option on xLine Design. Furthermore, stand-alone packages and options are available based on the initial design and the group you select.

The 2018 BMW X1 xLine Design comes standard with keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, foglamps, a power tailgate, automatic wipers, driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seats and a seven-speaker audio system.

The Convenience package adds keyless entry, auto-dimming mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, adjustable front-seat lumbar support, ambient interior lighting and satellite radio.

The 2018 BMW X1 M Sport Design package includes the features of the xLine Design Convenience group plus various visual and performance upgrades that include a sport-tuned transmission, different gloss-black exterior trim, 18-inch wheels, sport front seats and special interior trim.

Premium equipment group can be added to both models, which includes LED headlights, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and a navigation system.

Also available is a Driver Assistance package that adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning and front collision warning and mitigation. The Luxury package adds wood trim and leather seating surfaces.

Other options include adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, sliding and reclining rear seat adjustability, Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging capability. M Sport Design can also swap out for stickier performance tires and a stiffer M Sport suspension.

Engine Specs

The 2018 BMW X1 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The X1 is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive which includes hill descent control.

In performance testing, the 2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i with 19-inch all-season tires accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, making it one of the quicker small crossovers in the segment. EPA fuel economy estimated at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway) for the sDrive28i. The all-wheel-drive rated at 25 mpg combined (22/31).

2018 BMW X1 Interior Photos


The 2018 BMW X1 has one of the most elegant cabins in its price range. The dashboard looks and feels expensive, combined with the classic analogue BMW gauges with modern technology and high quality materials, but you have to pay extra for a larger 8.8-inch screen to enjoy the full effect of its luxury.

The BMW iDrive interface keeps getting better. It’s easy to use, with an integrated touchpad on the main control button that lets you input numeric and text input with your fingertips. Menu structure makes sense, and processing time is fast.

One optional feature worthy of money is the sliding or reclining rear seat. With seats in use, you have 17.8 cubic feet for groceries and cargo. Fold it down with one touch button and you have 58.7 cubic feet, which is an above-average capacity for a small luxury crossover. You’ll also find plenty of small storage space in the front seats, and flat folding front seats make loading extra long stuff possible.

Release Date and Price

The 2018 BMW X1 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Audi Q3, Acura RDX and Jaguar E-PACE.

Official pricing ranges will start from $38,310 for the sDrive28i models and range up to $42,745 for the xDrive28i.

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