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Updated on: March 26, 2021

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The BMW X1 is currently in its second generation, with the 2021 model set to be a carryover from the 2020 base model. The 2021 BMW X1 will be offered in two trim options that would be priced at an MSRP of $35,400 and 37,400. Both the trims will see a similar power unit, a 2.0L power turbo inline-4 cylinder engine. The 2021 BMW X1 is highly capable in terms of performance as it reaches the 60 mph mark in just 6,8 seconds.

2021 BMW X1

Being a carryover from its previous model year the interiors and exteriors of the beemer do not see any significant changes. There are a few changes in its color palette and the features it offers. The safety of the 2021 X1 is par excellence and the best in its class. Apart from this, there is nothing new in the 2021 offering. However, there are several packages that one could choose from at an additional price. 

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Pros

Turbocharged punch

Seamless transmission

Reasonably large cargo area

Nimble around-town handling

Cons

Flat, uncomfortable seats

Stiff ride quality

What's New?

A slight price bump

More or less the same car as the 2020 model


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft.. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

175.5 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

62.9 in.

curb weight

3554 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.7 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

3700

payload

899

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.1

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

28i $35,400 onwards

228 hp @ 5000 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Premium unleaded

  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Anti-Theft System Integrated w/ Remote Keyless Entry & Panic Alarm
  • Apple Carplay Compatible
  • Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • MG Drive Unit Steering-Wheel Performance Controls
  • Navigation System
  • Park Distance Control Parking Assist
  • Power Tailgate
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • SensaTec Leatherette Seat trim
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Sport Mode Selector
  • USB Audio Connection & Hands-Free Bluetooth w/ Audio Streaming
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Colors and Styles

2021 BMW X1 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW X1 in Mediterranean Blue Pearl color 2021 BMW X1 in Mineral Grey Metallic color 2021 BMW X1 in Mineral White Metallic color 2021 BMW X1 in Sunset Orange Metallic color
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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.7

Engine And Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.8

Safety

7.6

Competition

9.6

8.3

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


"The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value." -thecarconnection

The 2021 BMW X1 is equipped with a fine 2.0 L four-pot powerhead that generates as much as 228 horsepower. This able engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that powers all four wheels of this vehicle. Even the performance of the car has been enhanced, this is shown clearly in the section that elucidates its acceleration. The pricing of the 2021 BMW X1 begins at $35,200.

In terms of the features and interior offering, there seems to be a cut-down. The 2021 BMW X1 will see a change in its palette, this will include an addition of two colors and the removal of a few. Moreover, the X1 will no longer be offered with the sport seats and these seats will be limited to the M Sport package.

2021 BMW X1 SUV Front View
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7.7/10
Pricing and Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

7.8/10
Exterior

7.6/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2021 BMW X1 Pricing and Features

7.7/10

The 2021 BMW X1 has been launched with two trim levels called sDrive28i and xDrive28i. The base model sDrive28i priced at $35,200 comes with a number of features and perks but we would recommend the xDrive28i which gives AWD and some additional features for a minimal bump in the price of around $2000. 

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By opting for the xDrive28i you would not only avail of the All-Wheel-Drive drivetrain, along with that you would also get the Hill Descend control. Moreover, you could also add the M sports package and get the sporty bucket seats for the front-row seats. However, the xDrive28i would set you back by $37,400.

Trim

sDrive28i

xDrive28i

MSRP

$35,400

$37,400 

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Including features of sDrive28i

 

Four-wheel front drive

All-wheel drive system

 

Active Driving assistant 

Hill Descent Control

 

Bluetooth 

Remote Trunk Release

 

AppleCarPlay 

Multi-info display 

 

Powered FrontSeats 

Steering Wheel Audio Control


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2021 BMW X1 Buying Advice

We will recommend the xDrive28i trim from the BMW X1 lineup. Apart from BMW’s turbocharged engine, its features include AWD drivetrain, Steering Wheel Audio Control, Hill Descent Control, and Multi-info display. It also comes with an impressive infotainment system and a plethora of safety features. Moreover, at an additional price of $2,000, the 2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i is completely worth every penny. One might also conclude that it offers more than you pay for.

 

2021 BMW X1 Engine and Performance

8.2/10

"The engine produces ample power for daily driving. Whether you are commuting down the highway, driving to the grocery store, or taking off quickly from a red light, the BMW X1 can do it all." - Cars.usnews

The 2021 model of BMW X1 is powered by the same time-tested turbocharged 2.0L inline-four engine as the 2020 model. The engine is paired with an efficient 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission. This helps the vehicle to reach the power of around 228hp and an impressive torque of 258 lb-ft. The turbocharged engine can handle heavy loads well without breaking a sweat. All of these performance traits seem like a jackpot when got an MSRP of $35,400.

The engine is quite capable of rocking through tough terrains and also cruising through the highways. However, within the city, it could feel a bit cumbersome due to the turbo lag on offer. Both the trims of the X1 come equipped with the same engine configuration. However, if you are looking for a slight boost of power, then you could opt for the 2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i, the All-Wheel-Drive drivetrain. The 2021 BMW X1 has a record of 6.8 seconds to reach the 60 mph mark from a standstill.

Models

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

2021 Cadillac XT4

2021 Lexus NX300

MSRP

$35,400

$36,000

$38,195

$36,720

Engine

2.0L power turbo inline -4

2.0L Turbo inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed automatic w/OD And Auto-manual 

9-speed automatic w/OD And Auto-manual 

6-speed multi-mode automatic 

Power 

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

237 hp @ 5000 rpm

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

Torque 

258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

258 lb-ft @1500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

7.6 sec 7 sec

Quarter Mile 

14.1 sec

15.5 sec

15.4 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed 

137 MPH

130MPH

131MPH

124MPH

60-0 MPH

122 ft

125ft

134ft

138ft

The BMW X1 gives a powerful performance but the strongest performance in the segment is given by the Cadillac XT4 closely followed by the Lexus NX 300. The Cady is also the priciest of the lot and the BMW is the cheapest on the list. Audi’s Q3 on the other hand offers the same level of performance as the BMW X1 but comes at a higher price.


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2021 BMW X1 Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The BMW X1 has a fuel capacity of 16.1 gallons and is highly fuel-efficient along with being incredibly powerful. The X1 keeps up with other competitors in the small luxury crossover segment. The new model is expected to come with refinements related to fuel efficiency, making the vehicle more economical even though the engine and powertrain are expected to remain the same. 

Model

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

2021 Cadillac XT4

2021 Lexus NX300

MPG (City)

23

19

24

22

MPG (Highway)

32

27

30

28

MPG (Combined)

26

27

26

25

Fuel Capacity 

16.1 gallons

15.9 gallons

15.9 gallons

15.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

386/531/418 miles

302/429/429 miles

382/477/413 miles

350/445/397 miles

The 2021 BMW X1 has very impressive fuel efficiency figures with a combined 26 MPG. It also has the largest fuel tank and the 531 range it reaches on highways is really appreciable. The Audi Q3 with a combined 27 MPG just nudges off compared to the BMW. The range of the 2021 Cadillac XT4 and the 2021 Lexus NX 300 rank subsequently in the same order after the 2021 BMW X1. 


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2021 BMW X1 Interior

8.5/10

"The 2021 X1 has decent cargo space, but it’s just so-so for passengers."- thecarconnection

The BMW X1 is offered in two standard color tones for its upholstery, black and oyster black. Apart from this, there are several other color tones that you could avail of at an additional charge. Moreover, the X1 also has a Convenience package and a Premium package to choose from,  these packages set you back by $2,250 and $4,250 respectively. BMW also offers a customizable package known as the luxury pack at an additional price of $1,550.

2021 BMW X1 SUV Cockpit Area

The 2021 X1 has one of the largest trunks in the segment at 27.1 cu-ft. The trunk is carpeted and features a chrome trim with a very useful double floor. Both the trims are offered with identical interiors. However, one could choose the M sport package for enhanced sport seats and exterior modifications, this would set you back by around $4,500.

Model

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

2021 Cadillac XT4

2021 Lexus NX300

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.9/55.6/40.4

39.6/56.7/40.0

39.4/57.0/40.4

38.2/57.3/42.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/55.2//37.0

37.6/55.1/36.1

38.3/55.1/39.5

38.1/55.3/36.1

Trunk Capacity(cu-ft)

27.1

23.7

22.5

17.7

The BMW X1 is the most spacious and comfortable in the segment, and getting in and out of the mini SUV is pretty easy too. Overall, the cabin of X1 is very eye-catching and comfortable for a subcompact crossover. The BMW X1 is known to offer one of the best infotainment systems in its segment. It offers Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility which is yet not wireless in this car. However, overall, it offers quite a fluid and fuss-free experience.

2021 BMW X1 SUV Infotainment

The 2021 model is expected to offer the same entertainment system, which will offer a number of on-demand features to keep one entertained. The various advanced features that adorn the vehicle are:- 

  • HD Radio 
  • 12 speaker Harman/Kardon sound system (Optional)
  • Seven speaker audio system 
  • Standard 8.8 inch iDrive infotainment system 
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • IN-dash navigation 
  • Bluetooth connection 

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2021 BMW X1 Exterior

7.8/10

"Looking at images of the X1, you would believe it to be much larger than it actually is, but this handsome little executive SUV is neatly packaged" - Carbuzz

The 2021 BMW X1 has a highly dynamic and imposing look with a lot of muscle. The 2021 model will have a joined front grille and a refreshed bumper that will give the SUV a more powerful athletic look. The design is expected to be more aggressive and chunkier than before, with more aerodynamic styling given an emphasis. There will be no significant difference in the looks between the sDrive28i and the xDrive28i.

Overall, the front of the vehicle is very attractive. The 2021 model is set to be a carryover from the 2020 model with the sloping roofline staying and making it look more striking and eye-pleasing. Some worth mentioning design elements of the BMW X1 are M style Intakes, Sharper LED headlamps, Larger exhaust tips, Larger Kidney grille, Sleeker foglights, and Tinted LED taillights.

Model

2021 BMW X1

2021 Audi Q3

2021 Cadillac XT4

2021 Lexus NX300

Curb Weight 

3543 lbs

3905 lbs

3660 lbs

3940 lbs

Length 

175.4”

176.6”

181.0”

182.6”

Width 

71.7”

72.8”

76.7”

73.6”

Height 

62.9”

62.9”

63.5”

64.8”

Ground Clearance 

7.2”

6.6”

6.8”

6.9”

Wheelbase 

105.1”

105.5”

109.4”

104.7”

The BMW X1 gives good competition to its rivals and is the lightest in the segment with a ground clearance measurement of 7.2 inches which gives the driver confidence and makes the handling of the vehicle easier. In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2021 BMW X1 proves to be the lightest and also has the highest ground clearance. Ironically, it isn't the tallest vehicle of the lot, that position goes to the Lexus NX 300.


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2021 BMW X1 Safety

7.6/10

The 2021 BMW X1 is one of the safest picks in the segment and was awarded a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 BMW X1 was not given a rating by the IIHS but still, there’s no doubt about its safety and BMW’s commitment to making their rides safe and comfortable for their customers. Moreover, the latest version of the X1 sees no recalls and complaints registered against it on any platform.

In 2021, one can expect some more advanced safety features in addition to the already including tech-laden features. Some of the key active and passive safety features include:- 

  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control 
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Automatic High beam headlamps

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2021 BMW X1 Competition

9.6/10

2021 BMW X1 V/S Audi Q3

Both these cars by German manufacturers can look eye to eye in terms of competition. The cars have a very similar powertrain in terms of engines and transmissions which leads them to have a very similar power output. The BMW is the lighter and economical of the two and has an edge over its rival with better fuel efficiency, practicality, and a very responsive engine. Hence, the Audi Q3 lags behind in the competition.

Audi Q3 SUV

2021 BMW X1 V/S Cadillac XT4

The rivalry between the Beemer and the Cady has been going on for ages and continues between these two cars too. Both of them provide optimal performance on the road and are equipped with a number of advanced features. It is very hard to choose a winner between the two, but the Cadillac XT4 is a much costlier option with an uninspiring drivetrain. 

Cadillac XT4 SUV

2021 BMW X1 V/S Lexus NX300

Both of the cars offer a number of similar features, that said, Lexus is a more luxurious offering of the two. Lexus aims to provide the customers with a premium and comfortable driving experience with not much emphasis on performance. It also lacks when compared to the X1 with its lack of boot space. Overall, the 2021 BMW X1 is a superior choice when compared to the 2021 Lexus NX 300. 

Lexus NX300 SUV

 

2021 BMW X1 Final Verdict

The vehicle is powerful, elegant, practical, and adequately efficient. The segment is really competitive and the 2021 BMW X1 does not really have a differentiating factor but is an overall well-rounded vehicle. We highly recommend you to go in for the 2021 BMW X1 as it is expected to tempt you with its plush interiors, athletic performance, and dominant presence. The most attractive point is its pricing, just at an MSRP of $35,400.

2021 BMW X1

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What powers the 2021 BMW X1?

The 2021 BMW X1 hosts a 2.0 L power turbo inline-four engine. 

What is the warranty package of the 2021 BMW X1?

The warranty offering of the 2021 BMW X1 includes the following:

  •  The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

Does the 2021 BMW X1 come equipped with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, the 2021 BMW X1 offers the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features in their line-up.

Does the 2021 BMW X1 offer good gas mileage?

The 2021 BMW X1 offers a combined mileage of 26 miles to a gallon and a combined range of 418 miles on a full tank.

How fast is the 2021 BMW X1?

The BMW X1 records a 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds, leading the segment in both these aspects.

 

2021 BMW X1 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

9.0

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9.0/10 Features
8.5/10 Interiors
9.0/10 Design
9.0/10 Safety
9.0/10 Reliability
9.0/10 Deal Value
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Richard M. Francis

2020 BMW X1

xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Too premium for rutted roads

Pros - All wheel drivetrain for better traction, blue stitched seats and dash trim, comfort and sports mode for driving

Cons - Ground clearance, lots of flat black at front

Too good for bad patches and I can't seem to understand how they were not able to cover this blemish. The ground clearance is no good for an suv. Drives smooth though Different driving modes like eco, sports and comfort depending on the type of drive you're up for Love the comfort. The blue stitched seats also are quite neatly done. Lots of storage space at back which opens remotely too Low ground clearance and lots of flat black used below the front grille. Not an ideal way to polish up a 43 grand car to be honest As safe as it can be in city/highways. Equally opposite on uneven roads Surely not the best because of the ground clearance and the its inability to drive easily on rough roads. Depends I wasn't really there to buy the car but to go through my options. The deal I got was too good to resist and the monthly payments were quite prudent. I hope it turns out as fine as I had expected in long run.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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James A. Anderson

2020 BMW X1

sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Wanted a family hauler, got the best

Pros - Run flats, isofix child seat mounts at back, panoramic roof

Cons - Nothing so far

X1 depicts every bit of BMW's quality. We have run flat tires for added safety and smoothest driving dynamics for better comfort. So many safety features on board which make it the best family hauler Got the isofix child seat mounts at back which we called for. We're going to have our first child and I can't wait to drive him/her around. Nothing ingenious in the design and styling of this x1 but the built quality takes it up a notch there Can be had with child seats at back, rear view mirror dims automatically in low light conditions, antitheft alarm system, rear view monitor, etc. 4 years of warranty for now won't have us lose our sleep. Decently priced and best value for what it is made to do The best dealership experience. Got it in just two days

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10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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8

User Overall Rating

Too premium for rutted roads

Too good for bad patches and I can't seem to understand how they were not able to cover this blemish.

by Richard M. Francis

10

User Overall Rating

Wanted a family hauler, got the best

X1 depicts every bit of BMW's quality.

by James A. Anderson

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