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2016 BMW X1 Review

The 2016 BMW X1 ranks at the top of its class, thanks to its roomy interior, athletic handling, muscular engine performance, and great safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Handsome interior
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Firm ride

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 BMW X1's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Luxury Subcompact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the BMW X1 has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
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2016 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2016 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 BMW X1 is a great option if you’re shopping for a luxury subcompact SUV. In fact, we named it our 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for the Money and 2016 Best Luxury Subcompact for Families. The X1 tops its class in reliability and offers strong crash safety ratings. It’s also fun to drive and sports lovely cabin materials, as well as generous seating and cargo space. That said, it’s not perfect. The X1’s ride quality is a bit firm on rough pavement.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 14 BMW X1 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2016 BMW X1?

You can expect to pay between $23,800 and $34,000 for a used 2016 X1. These figures are based on 110 listings for the 2016 BMW X1 on our site. The average price is $28,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW X1 Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to pay about $27,800 on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for the 2016 X1 – or about $5,550 per year. This is slightly lower than average for the luxury subcompact SUV class. The 2016 Range Rover Evoque has the highest projected costs in this class, at around $29,300.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X1?

The 2018 BMW X1 starts at $33,900. You can save a few thousand dollars by sticking with a used X1, especially if you want a base model with few add-ons. You won’t miss out on any new features, either. The X1 has seen no major updates since 2016, other than the addition of a front-wheel-drive model in 2017. Unless you want a brand-new vehicle – or front-wheel drive – the 2016 X1 is a better value.

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On the other hand, you can still save money while buying new. Consider the 2018 Mazda CX-3, which starts at just $20,110. The CX-3 may not wear a luxury badge, but its handsome interior begs to differ. Like the X1, the Mazda also wields athletic handling and a wide array of advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW X1?

The X1 has great reliability, earning a score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 BMW X1 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 X1. BMW identified a fault with the SUV’s instrument panel that could prevent the front passenger air bag from properly deploying in a crash. Before buying a used X1, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X1 Is Best?

The first generation of the BMW X1 includes the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years. The X1’s second generation began with the 2016 model year, and this newer version runs through the 2018 model year. You can save money by shopping for a first-generation X1, but you’re better off with 2016-and-newer models. These models offer a more SUV-like driving position, roomier seating, more cargo space, higher-quality cabin materials, and safety features that are far more advanced.

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Which Used BMW X1 Model Is Right for Me?

BMW offers the 2016 X1 in one trim level: xDrive28i. Standard features include a 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment screen, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, push-button start, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, a power tailgate, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

Available features include leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof, and a suite of active safety features (Driver Assistance packages).

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

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles 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. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. 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 BMW X1 a Good safety score in all areas tested, and it named the SUV a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. The X1 is available with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, and Active Driving Assistant (forward collision warning with brake assist and lane departure warning).

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2016 BMW X1 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X1 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2016 Mercedes GLA is another fine pick. The GLA sports lovely cabin materials, scores well for reliability, and offers more standard features than the X1, including forward collision warning and a driver drowsiness monitor. It’s also available in a high-performance variant (GLA 45) with up to 375 horsepower – the X1 doesn’t even come close to this level of horsepower. Ultimately, though, the X1 is the better family hauler, and we suspect that’s what most people want. The X1 pairs its luxe cabin with far roomier rear seats, a much larger cargo area, and a simpler infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X1 or 2016 Audi Q3?

Like the X1, the 2016 Audi Q3 impresses with its zippy turbocharged engine, elegant interior, and crisp driving dynamics. Both SUVs rate highly for crash safety and reliability as well. But while these SUVs may seem like carbon copies, they aren’t. The Q3 offers very few advanced safety features, its rear seats are tight, and it trails the X1 in cargo space. Stick with the BMW.

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2016 X1 Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW X1 Drive?

The BMW X1 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (xDrive) are standard. The engine hauls the X1 up to speed briskly – zero to 60 mph takes just 6.3 seconds – and it provides more than enough muscle for climbing hills and passing other vehicles. The only wrinkle here is the transmission. Most of the time it changes gears smoothly, but occasionally it jerks and shudders in stop-and-go driving.

The X1 remains very stable though sharp turns. Its steering is responsive and nicely weighted, and the brakes slow the SUV down with confidence. A tight turning radius makes the X1 quite easy to park as well. The downside is that the X1’s suspension is rather firm. Smaller bumps in the road are muffled well enough, but rough pavement upsets the SUV’s ride and leaves the X1 feeling jittery.

Does the 2016 BMW X1 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The BMW X1 xDrive28i gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is good for the luxury subcompact SUV class.

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2016 X1 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 X1 Seat?

The BMW X1 has five seats. The front seats are comfortable and provide generous head- and legroom. The driving position is nice as well, and it’s paired with excellent forward visibility. The rear seats are unusually spacious for this class. Even average-sized adults can sit in the back comfortably. Leatherette upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available. The X1’s cabin remains very quiet at highway speeds. Its interior materials look and feel great as well, and many surfaces are soft to the touch.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW X1?

The X1 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The IIHS gave the SUV’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use, noting that some of the anchors are difficult to maneuver around.

2016 BMW X1 Features

All X1 models come standard with a 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and seven speakers. Available features include a larger 8.8-inch screen and navigation system, a head-up display, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. The iDrive infotainment system is controlled using a rotary dial and buttons located on the center console. There’s a slight learning curve, but overall the system works well and responds quickly to inputs. Additional audio and climate controls are arranged on the dashboard and within easy reach.

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2016 BMW X1 Dimensions

BMW X1 Cargo Space

The X1 has 27.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and a roomy 58.7 cubic feet with its rear seats folded, which is excellent for a luxury subcompact SUV.

2016 X1 Length and Weight

The BMW X1 is 14.6 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,660 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 BMW X1 Built?

The BMW X1 was built in Regensburg, Germany, at the BMW AG Plant Regensburg.

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