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2018 BMW X1 Review

The 2018 BMW X1 sit near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It features a potent turbocharged engine, athletic handling, and plenty of interior space.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Polished, energetic powertrain
  • Expansive passenger area
  • Class-leading cargo capacity
  • Limited luxury and powertrain offerings

2018 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2018 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the X1 is one of the best luxury subcompact SUVs you can buy. Its engaging ride, roomy seating, and abundant cargo space help make it a practical and fun vehicle.

The 2018 X1 has many strengths:

  • Nimble handling
  • Quick acceleration
  • Spacious seating
  • Lots of cargo space

Its weaknesses are few:

  • Not as luxurious as some competitors
  • Scant powertrain
Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2018 X1 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 29 BMW X1 reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

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How Much Is the 2018 BMW X1?

Based on listings for the 2018 BMW X1 on our site, the average list price is $35,400. That's above average compared to the competition. Prices range from about $30,000 to about $40,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 BMW X1 Cost to Own?

The 2018 BMW X1’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $29,480, or $5,896 per year. These are above average costs for a luxury subcompact SUV.

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

The 2019 X1 (MSRP: $34,950) has a longer list of standard features, making it worth the extra expense. New-for-2019 features include pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. The 2019 model also comes standard with a navigation system, voice control, and a 6.5-inch touch screen. If these changes don't interest you, however, stick with the more affordable 2018 model.

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The 2018 X1 is part of a generation that launched for the 2016 model year. For 2017, all-wheel drive became optional (it was previously standard). Additionally, a rearview camera became standard for 2018.

Since there are few major changes throughout the years, we recommend the 2016 X1. It's nearly identical to the 2018 X1, but has standard all-wheel drive and likely costs less. Opting for a model from the prior generation will likely cost you less money, but it doesn't offer the updates of the 2016 redesign.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 BMW X1?

The 2018 BMW X1 has an impressive predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 BMW X1 Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 BMW X1:

  • Taillights may loosen and detach
  • Crankshaft sensor firmware may cause an engine stall

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW X1 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 BMW X1 comes in two trims: sDrive28i and xDrive28i. The base sDrive28i trim comes standard with a decent number of features, making it a good choice for many shoppers. Step up to the xDrive28i trim if you want all-wheel drive.

  • BMW X1 sDrive28i: The base trim comes with the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, seven speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, a power tailgate, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, push-button start, fog lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  •  BMW X1 xDrive28i: The xDrive28i trim adds all-wheel drive and includes the same list of standard features.

There are also various packages that add features like navigation, forward collision warning, and leather upholstery that were available when the X1 was new.

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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 2018 X1 the highest rating of Good in six crash safety tests. Properly equipped models received the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention. Some models with upgraded headlights received Marginal to Poor ratings for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 X1 an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • park distance control
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • collision mitigation braking
  • lane departure warning
  • head-up display
  • automatic high beams

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2018 BMW X1 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X1 or 2018 Audi Q3?

The 2018 Audi Q3 doesn't fare as well as the X1, especially when it comes to performance. Unlike most Audis, the Q3 favors comfort over athleticism. Additionally, its lone engine is weaker than those offered in the X1. The BMW also has 10 more cubic feet of cargo room and a standard infotainment system, which is only optional in the Audi. The Q3’s interior quality falls short of the X1's. All in all, the BMW is a better SUV.

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW X1 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the X1 deliver similar performance. Both have athletic handling with direct steering, but the GLA has more standard and available features. Additionally, it offers a performance-oriented model that delivers brisk acceleration. That said, the X1 is a more well-rounded vehicle with a stronger base engine, roomier rear seats, and a better predicted reliability rating.

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2018 BMW X1 Performance

How Does the 2018 BMW X1 Drive?

The 2018 X1 is a joy to drive thanks to precise steering and lithe handling. Its standard four-cylinder engine is paired with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers more than enough power for your daily driving needs. When it was new, the X1 also had an available M Sport package that features a sporty suspension system and front sport seats.

  • Base engine: 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 BMW X1 Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy for the 2018 X1 is about average for the class.

  • FWD: 23/32 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 22/31 mpg

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2018 X1 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 X1 Seat?

The 2018 X1 seats up to five people in two rows. The seats are comfortable and roomy in both rows. Sliding and reclining second-row seats are available, which comes in handy when you need more rear-seat space or, alternatively, more cargo room. However, the X1's standard synthetic upholstery is less refined than what some class rivals offer.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • front sport seats
  • sliding and reclining rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 BMW X1?

The 2018 X1 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 BMW X1 Features

The standard 6.5-inch display infotainment system is easy to use. In fact, many rivals claim that it's one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. It has a control knob for making selections, and an available touchpad controller is also available, which lets you make selections with the touch of a finger.

  • Standard infotainment features: iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, seven speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hot spot, twelve speakers, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: panoramic moonroof and ambient lighting

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2018 BMW X1 Dimensions

BMW X1 Cargo Space

The X1 has one of the largest cargo capacities for the luxury subcompact SUV class. There's 27.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 58.7 cubic feet of room when the rear seats are folded down. A power liftgate is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 BMW X1 Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,540 to 3,700 pounds

Where Was the 2018 BMW X1 Built?

BMW built the X1 in Germany.


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