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2017 BMW X1 Review

With a potent engine, superb handling, a roomy interior, and great safety ratings, the 2018 BMW X1 earns a spot near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Athletic handling
  • Spacious back row
  • Outstanding cargo capacity
  • No standard active safety features

2017 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2017 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 BMW X1 is an excellent choice among luxury subcompact SUVs. Not only does it have the agility and power typical of a BMW, but this SUV also provides plenty of space for adults in both rows as well as ample cargo room. The X1 also has excellent gas mileage estimates and strong safety scores. However, the base trim lacks driver assistance features.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2017 X1 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 18 BMW X1 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2017 BMW X1?

Based on roughly 330 used listings on our site for the 2017 BMW X1, prices range from $29,600 to $39,900. The average list price is $34,800. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW X1 Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 BMW X1 are about $28,800 – or $5,760 per year. That’s average among class rivals. Five-year costs for the 2017 Mercedes GLA are about $900 higher, and the 2017 Audi Q3 will likely cost about $100 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X1?

You could save thousands by opting for a used 2017 X1 instead of a 2018 model. BMW added a standard rearview camera to the X1 for 2018, but there are no changes otherwise. Since this feature was optional for 2017, it should be easy to find a cheaper used model with a camera.

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You can get the new 2018 Infiniti QX30 for less than a 2017 BMW X1. The QX30's long list of standard features, premium cabin, and comfortable ride make it a great commuter vehicle.

Consider the non-luxury 2018 Mazda CX-3 for agility that aligns more closely with the X1. You'll forfeit passenger and cargo space with this subcompact SUV, but the CX-3 boasts an upscale interior, lithe handling, and a peppy engine with outstanding fuel economy ratings.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X1 Is Best?

The 2017 BMW X1 is part of a generation that launched for the 2016 model year. For 2017, BMW removed all-wheel drive as standard equipment. We recommend opting for the 2016 X1. You'll get standard all-wheel drive and save some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW X1?

The 2017 BMW X1 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW X1 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2017 BMW X1. Both recalls involve air bags that may not properly deploy or deploy at all, increasing the risk of injury. Make sure a BMW dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing the X1.

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Which Used BMW X1 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BMW X1 comes in two trim levels: the rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i. The list of standard features is about the same in both models, and it should be enough for most drivers. An iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display comes standard, along with a seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, leatherette upholstery, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, a multifunction sport leather steering wheel, a power tailgate, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

If you're itching for more luxury, check out models with additional comfort features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, a touchpad controller, and a navigation system.

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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 named the 2017 BMW X1 a Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest rating of Good in all six individual crash tests.

Unlike most vehicles in the class, the X1 doesn’t come standard with any active safety features. However, available safety tech includes a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and city collision mitigation. 

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2017 BMW X1 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X1 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

Although the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA has sharp handling and decent engine power, its automatic transmission is unrefined. The GLA also sacrifices ride quality for the benefit of agility, while the X1 proves that you can have excellent driving dynamics and a plush ride. The GLA also offers a performance trim that comes with a monstrous 375 horsepower engine that’s unmatched by anything in the X1 lineup. You’ll also get advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking and a driver drowsiness monitor in the GLA, while the X1 doesn't even come standard with a rearview camera. However, the Benz has less rear legroom and much less cargo space than the BMW. Whether your priority is everyday utility or thrilling performance, the X1 is a superior choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X1 or 2017 Audi Q3?

The 2017 Audi Q3 has a comfortable ride and an attractive interior with standard leather upholstery. Still, the X1 is a better car overall. The Q3's performance offers little to get excited about, with its languid acceleration and uninspiring handling. This Audi also offers less rear-seat and cargo room than the X1. Despite all of that, the Q3 has a lower average list price than the X1. If you aren't as concerned with performance and don't need as much cargo or passenger space, the Audi Q3 is a decent and more affordable alternative to the BMW.

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2017 X1 Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW X1 Drive?

A 228-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 BMW X1. You’ll get lively acceleration from a standstill with the X1, and there’s more than enough gusto for most drivers. The X1 also delivers agile handling while maintaining a comfortable ride. However, some reviewers found the standard eight-speed automatic transmission slow to downshift.  Sport mode gives you quicker shifts and peppier performance. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 BMW X1 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive 2017 BMW X1 sDrive28i returns 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is slightly above the class average. The all-wheel-drive xDrive28i delivers 22/31 mpg city/highway.

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2017 X1 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 X1 Seat?

The 2017 BMW X1 seats five in two rows. Both rows have a generous amount of room for adults, and the seats are comfortable even on long trips. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, but the standard leatherette upholstery isn't as nice as what you’ll find in some rivals. However, upgrades include leather upholstery, sport seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW X1?

There are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the 2017 BMW X1's rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, citing lower anchors that are tricky to maneuver around.

2017 BMW X1 Features

Standard features include a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, an iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, and satellite radio. Some models feature an 8.8-inch infotainment system and a navigation system with a touchpad controller.

Both the standard iDrive infotainment system and the available navigation system are easy to use. The upgraded system’s touchpad controller allows you use your fingers to draw numbers and letters into the infotainment system, which makes inputting addresses much easier.

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2017 BMW X1 Dimensions

BMW X1 Cargo Space

The 2017 BMW X1 has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. There's 27.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats upright, and 58.7 cubic feet of space with them folded. A power liftgate is standard, and some models may come with a hands-free liftgate and a sliding back row. There's also a good amount of small-item storage.

2017 X1 Length and Weight

The 2017 BMW X1 is about 14.6 feet long. Its curb weight is roughly 3,540 to 3,700 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW X1 Built?

The 2017 BMW X1 was built in Germany.

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