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2015 BMW X1 Review

The 2015 BMW X1 ranks at the top of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has robust engine power and handles like a car. Inside the cabin, there’s an intuitive infotainment system. However, the rear seats are tight.

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 2015 BMW X1 is a very good luxury subcompact SUV. It offers the best driving dynamics in the class. You’ll appreciate the X1’s quick acceleration and above-average fuel economy from either of its available engines. While some rivals with sporty handling have rough rides, the X1’s smooth suspension keeps occupants comfortable. However, its seats could use more support. The back seats have limited room, but that’s typical for a luxury subcompact SUV.

The most notable issue with the X1 is its fuel-conserving engine stop-start system. It’s slow to act and feels unrefined when pulling away from a stop.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 28 BMW X1 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW X1?

There are more than 800 listings for the 2015 BMW X1 on our site, with an average list price of $21,100. Prices range from $16,500 to $25,500, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW X1 Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW X1’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to just over $29,000. That’s lower than the estimate for most rival luxury subcompact SUVs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New BMW X1?

The 2019 BMW X1 starts at $31,950, which is quite a bit more than the average price of a 2015 X1. However, there are several advantages to the new model, since BMW redesigned the X1 for 2016. The 2019 model has more space and more advanced available safety features than the 2015. Additionally, the 2019 X1 gained a touch screen and standard navigation, voice control, Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. If it’s in your budget, choose the 2019 model, which is more-up-to-date than the 2015.

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There are no new luxury subcompact SUVs that are comparably priced to the 2015 X1. However, if you’re willing to consider a nonluxury new subcompact SUV, consider a top-of-the-line 2019 Hyundai Kona for less than the average price of a used 2015 X1. The Kona was named our 2019 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money, and the base trim comes loaded with features like a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto – most of which are not available in the X1. While the Kona may not be as upscale as the X1, it still has a quality interior, sporty handling, and strong engines.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X1 Is Best?

The 2015 BMW X1 is the final model in the SUV’s second generation. It’s a fine vehicle, but stepping up to the 2016 X1 is the way to go. This fully redesigned X1 comes with higher-end interior materials, more cabin and cargo space, and standard all-wheel drive, which is available in 2017 and later models. The 2018 model gains a standard rearview camera, but you’re also likely to find a 2016 model with a rearview camera.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X1?

The 2015 X1 has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW X1 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 BMW X1 has one reported recall. It fixes a faulty driver-side frontal air bag inflator. Be sure this issue is resolved before purchasing a used 2015 X1.

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Which Used BMW X1 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 X1 comes in three trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and xDrive35i. The majority of shoppers will be satisfied with either the rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i or the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i. The xDrive35i has a stronger engine than the lower trims, making it a good choice for those who want more power than the base engine offers.

Most optional equipment is available in packages, so you may have to shop around for models that come with the safety or technology features you want. The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Premium package adds front-seat lumbar support and leather upholstery.  The Technology package adds a navigation system with a larger display and connectivity with a BMW smartphone app.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X1?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 BMW X1 its highest safety rating of Good in four crash tests out of five. The X1 received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not provide safety ratings for this model. 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard in the 2015 X1. The Driver Assistance package adds a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Adaptive headlights come standard in the xDrive35i trim. Other luxury subcompact SUVs come standard with these features, and they are available with more, like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring.

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2015 BMW X1 Versus the Competition

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

The redesigned 2015 Audi Q3 has a longer standard features than most of its rivals. It includes a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, and a satellite radio – all of which are optional in the X1. This Audi is also available with some features that you won’t find in the BMW, including parallel park assist, blind spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. The Q3 has one of the most upscale cabins in the class, and its seats provide more support than the X1’s. Additionally, the Audi has class-leading reliability and safety ratings. The only downsides to the Audi Q3 are its harsh ride and inconveniently located climate and infotainment controls.

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

The 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class and its BMW rival both have carlike handling, strong engines, good gas mileage, and smooth rides. The 2015 GLA is a good option for those who prefer more user-friendly features. However, the X1 provides more space and sharper handling than the GLA. Both are excellent luxury subcompact SUVs, but the X1 will probably cost you less than the GLA. Go with the SUV that best suits your needs.

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2015 BMW X1 Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW X1 Drive?

The 2015 BMW X1’s standard powertrain is a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The xDrive35i model comes with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Both engines deliver plenty of power and vigorous acceleration. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive comes standard in xDrive-designated models.

The standard engine stop-start system can be sluggish and harsh. Luckily, the system can be manually disabled. The X1’s ride is smooth, and it has carlike handling, thanks to a low center of gravity and a small frame. Models with the M Sport package feature a sport suspension.

Does the 2015 BMW X1 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base BMW X1 returns some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class, at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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2015 BMW X1 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 BMW X1 Seat?

The 2015 BMW X1 seats five people in two rows. The cabin has a simple layout with opulent materials, including BMW’s standard SensaTec faux leather upholstery. Fit and finish are excellent. The standard front seats lack lumbar support. Upgrades include power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats. There isn’t much legroom for rear-seat passengers.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW X1?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether connection on the middle seat.

2015 BMW X1 Features

The 2015 X1 comes standard with automatic climate control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a panoramic sunroof and satellite radio. The Technology package adds a navigation system with a larger display and connectivity with a BMW smartphone app.

The iDrive system has quick responses and intuitive menus. An available 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system has outstanding sound quality.

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2015 BMW X1 Dimensions

BMW X1 Cargo Space

The 2015 X1 has 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 56 cubic feet with them folded. That’s a good amount of cargo space for the luxury subcompact SUV class.  

2015 X1 Length and Weight

The 2015 BMW X1 is 14.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,527 to 3,891 pounds.  

Where Was the 2015 BMW X1 Built?

BMW manufactured the 2015 X1 in Germany.

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