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2014 BMW X1 Review

The 2014 BMW X1 has a powerful, fuel-efficient base engine and athletic handling. Inside, its infotainment system is straightforward. 

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Powerful base engine
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Straightforward infotainment system


  • Cramped rear seats





Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.8
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2014 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2014 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 BMW X1 does well by most measures. Its interior has a decent amount of standard features. Its safety scores are respectable, and its reliability rating is above average. Overall, this is a good luxury subcompact SUV.

Each 2014 BMW X1 comes with one of two turbocharged engines: a 240-horsepower four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, or a 300-horsepower six-cylinder paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The smaller engine has standard rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. All-wheel drive is standard with the larger engine. The X1 has good steering feedback, powerful brakes, and a firm yet comfortable suspension. According to the EPA, the X1’s fuel economy ranges from 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway to 18/26 mpg city/highway.

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The 2014 BMW X1 seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. Leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats, and power-adjustable lumbar support are available. The X1 has roomy front seats, but the rear seats are cramped. You’ll find 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 56 cubic feet with the second row folded. The rear outboard seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle seat has only a tether anchor.

The 2014 BMW X1 is filled with standard features, including Bluetooth and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. This system is uncomplicated and does an effective job of controlling a number of audio, smartphone, and navigation functions. Available features include navigation.

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Used 2014 BMW X1 Prices

Used 2014 BMW X1s range from around $20,400 to almost $24,700, depending on the model you choose, its condition, and its mileage. Prices in your community may differ. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW X1?

The 2014 BMW X1 has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

How Safe Is the X1?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 BMW X1 a rating of Good – the highest score possible – in all but one crash test. In that final test – the small overlap front crash – the X1 earned a Marginal rating, the second-lowest score possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not crash test the X1. Standard safety features include brake assist and traction control. These are standard features in many luxury subcompact SUVs. Available safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used X1?

The 2014 X1 is part of the SUV’s first generation, which began with the 2013 model year and ended with the 2015 model year. Go for the 2014 model, as the base 2013 BMW X1 lacks standard power steering, an anti-theft system, and redundant steering wheel controls. The 2015 X1 adds only a hard-drive system, so choosing a 2014 model will get you a very similar vehicle at a lower price. The X1 was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year.

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Which Used BMW X1 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW X1 has three trims: the base rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i, the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i, and the upper xDrive35i trim. Except for the all-wheel-drive system, the two 28i trims have identical features. Each has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include satellite radio, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, and navigation.

The xDrive35i adds a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a moonroof, power front seats, and 60 more horsepower. Still, the xDrive28i’s better handling makes it the right choice – and it’ll save you some money.

BMW’s certified pre-owned vehicles cost a bit more, but they carry a number of benefits. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our used car rankings and reviews on our own tests and opinions, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, fuel economy numbers, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 pieces of data on the X1 to help you make the best buying decision.

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2014 BMW X1 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X1 or 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The 2014 BMW X1 and the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque have a couple points in common. Their base engines have the same horsepower, and they both have nimble handling. The one advantage the Evoque has over the X1 is its off-roading ability, thanks mainly to its standard four-wheel drive. But in every other way, the X1 is the better vehicle. It has a higher reliability score, much better fuel economy, and more front legroom and cargo space. Also noteworthy: the X1 costs much less than the Evoque.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X1 or 2014 BMW X3?

You’ll sacrifice rear legroom and cargo space by choosing the 2014 BMW X1 over the 2014 BMW X3 – but not by much. Standard features between the two are largely the same, and they share the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The X3 has standard all-wheel drive, while the X1 is a rear-wheel-drive luxury subcompact SUV. However, an X1 model equipped with all-wheel drive should still be much less expensive than the X3. Unless you need the extra space, the 2014 BMW X1 is the better choice.

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