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2019 BMW X1 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.6

The 2019 BMW X1 delivers some of the best all-around performance in the class. Its spirited engine and smooth-shifting transmission help the X1 accelerate quickly, and the X1 offers an engaging yet comfortable ride. This BMW's fuel economy is about average for the class.

  • "You can opt for an M Sport suspension, but even without it, the X1 rides and handles really well." -- CNET
  • "Dynamics is where the X1 excels. It is quicker than the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA 250 to 60 mph, posts some of the shortest stopping distances in its class, and sets a high bar in handling prowess. Yet it is the ease of driving this compact SUV that leaves the deepest impression." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Power from the newly designed 2.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine released all 228-horses from the stable by 5,000 rpm, while the 258 lb-ft of torque were on tap as soon as the tach hit 1,250 rpm. Acceleration was brisk, enabling us to pass the little traffic we encountered along our way without even making the engine breathe hard." -- Left Lane News (2018)

Acceleration and Power

This Bimmer only comes with one powertrain setup, but that's all it needs. It has a 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has more than enough muscle for your daily driving needs. It's paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that features manual and sport shift modes.

The X1 gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These estimates are on par with the class average.

  • "The five-passenger X1 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. Regardless, every X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, with 228 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque and an 8-speed automatic transmission. That's enough oomph to scoot this subcompact CUV to 60 miles per hour in a BMW-estimated 6.3 seconds. Not too shabby." -- CNET
  • "The X1’s lightweight body and nimble size are perfectly suited to the power output of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, allowing instantaneous bursts of power on demand. Passing power at speed is also good, and the 8-speed automatic does an excellent job of gear selection, although the purists in our editorial staff lamented the omission of a manual gearbox." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although 228 horsepower might sound modest, it's satisfyingly energetic in a vehicle of this size. … steering is precise and handling is predictable." -- Autotrader (2018)

Handling and Braking

The X1 provides a satisfying ride that nicely balances athleticism and comfort. Its precise steering, strong brakes, and somewhat firm suspension system help it deliver poised handling. The X1 comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW-speak) is available.

Other available performance enhancements include an M Sport suspension system and all-season non-run-flat tires. The M Sport suspension system enhances the driving experience by stiffening the ride to further reduce body lean and create sharper cornering. Critics recommend the non-run-flat tires because they aren't as harsh or loud as the standard all-season run-flats.

  • "Those who demand maximum performance from their SUV will want to opt for the M Sport suspension package, which sharpens cornering response along with improving body control. The X1’s all-wheel-drive system is better at dealing with dry or snow-covered pavement, although with the right wheel and tire combo, we suspect it could handle very light off-road situations, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The X1 is plenty eager to dive into a corner, but offers nice composure when you're just cruising. That said, I highly recommend ditching the standard run-flat tires for the optional all-season rubber. The run-flats are noisy and add a little harshness to the ride. The non-run-flat setup is definitely the way to go." -- CNET
  • "The brake pedal provides a smooth and progressive feel that is easy to manage in stop-and-go driving. In a simulated-panic stop from 60 mph, the X1 needed just 109 feet to stop, one of the best results in its segment." -- Edmunds (2018)
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