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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
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2015 BMW X1 Review

Although other SUVs have roomier rear seats, the 2015 BMW X1 remains a top pick in its class. It delivers on performance, offering excellent cornering ability and an engine lineup that’s efficient yet powerful.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Confident handling
  • Strong engine lineup
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system

 

 

  • Annoying stop-start feature
  • Limited rear-seat legroom

 

2015 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

The X1 is a great SUV for those who want a fun-to-drive luxury subcompact SUV but don’t plan to use their rear seats very often. While some of the X1’s features can be frustrating, others – like the iDrive infotainment system – are straightforward and easy on the eyes.

Used 2015 BMW X1 Performance and Interior

Powering the X1 is either a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine (both paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission). Each engine delivers brisk acceleration and ample gusto for easy passing on the highway. At 18-23 mpg in the city and 26-33 mpg on the highway, the X1’s fuel economy is among the best in the class. The standard engine stop-start system isn’t as smooth as those in rival brands, but it can be disabled at will. The X1 has a comfortable ride, and its low center of gravity and compact size give it carlike handling. The sDrive-designated models have rear-wheel drive, and xDrive models come with all-wheel drive.

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The X1’s cabin has a clean layout, excellent fit and finish, and high-quality materials. Seating for five and BMW’s SensaTec faux leather upholstery come standard. X1 models with the Cold Weather package have heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The standard front seats in the X1 lack lumbar support, but the available Premium package adds front-seat lumbar support and leather upholstery. Sport seats and power-adjustable front seats are also available. Legroom is in short supply for passengers in the rear seats. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The X1 has up to 52 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a good amount for the class.

Standard features include automatic climate control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The iDrive system has quick responses and easy-to-use menus, once you get accustomed to them. The Technology package adds a navigation system with a larger display and connectivity with a BMW smartphone app. Audiophiles will appreciate the available 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

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Used 2015 BMW X1 Prices

The price of used 2015 BMW X1 ranges from about $22,500 for an sDrive28i to around $26,800 for an xDrive35i. These average prices may change depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X1?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 BMW X1 has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five. This is above the class average.

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How Safe Is the X1?

The 2015 X1 earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award. Rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard, and the Driver Assistance package adds a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Other luxury subcompact SUVs offer features like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring. 

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Should I Consider Another Used X1?

The X1’s first generation includes the 2013 through 2015 model years. A fully redesigned X1 debuted for the 2016 model year. Save your money and get a 2013 or 2014 model, which have many of the same features as the 2015 model.

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Which Used BMW X1 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 BMW X1 comes in three trims: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and xDrive35i. For most shoppers, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i or the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i offer the best value for your money. Look for models with the Driver Assistance and Technology packages, which add a rearview camera, parking sensors, a navigation system, and smartphone app connectivity.

To mitigate some of the risks associated with buying a used car, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. BMW's 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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2015 BMW X1 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X1 or 2015 BMW X3?

If you need more interior space than what the X1 offers, you’ll want to step up to the BMW X3. It offers many of the same benefits as the X1, such as nimble handling, a responsive ride, and easy-to-use tech features. Although both BMWs have the same base engine, the X1’s lighter weight makes it quicker. The X3 has an available turbodiesel engine, which gives it terrific fuel economy that outmatches the X1’s.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X1 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has much in common with the X1: ample engine power, carlike handling, a responsive ride, and a posh interior. However, as with many luxury subcompact SUVs, rear-seat space is in short supply. The GLA-Class has alert steering, but a slow-to-shift transmission detracts from the SUV’s eagerness around turns. Still, the GLA-Class gets the edge with its standard safety features, like automatic emergency braking and a driver drowsiness monitor.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X1 or 2015 Audi Q3?

The Audi Q3 doesn’t measure up to the X1 in performance, but it does have a nicer interior. Like many others in the class, the Q3 lacks the rear-seat and cargo space of larger SUVs. However, the cabin is teeming with soft-touch surfaces, and it serves up a healthy dose of standard features, including a standard 10-speaker audio system, a panoramic sunroof, and an easy-to-use and sharp-looking infotainment system. The Q3 has composed handling and a sporty ride. However, it has only one engine – a turbo-four that doesn’t stack up well against the X1’s power plants.

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