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2020 BMW X1 Performance Review


Performance: 8.1

The 2020 BMW X1 combines a powerful engine and impressive fuel economy with a balanced ride and engaging handling. However, some larger bumps may transfer into the cabin, and steering can feel a little artificial.

  • "The X1 is a vehicle set to handle all the mundane work of adulthood with just enough of that positive response enthusiasts crave. Steering feel falls below Porsche levels, but you get a nice, fat-rimmed wheel, weighted well with no dead spots." -- Autoweek
  • "Satisfying engine responses, a fine-tuned suspension and confidence-inspiring brakes are always part of the package." -- Autotrader
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The BMW X1 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The X1 has brisk acceleration and strong power delivery for getting up to higher speeds quickly. The transmission shifts smoothly and feels refined.

Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is good for a luxury subcompact SUV. All-wheel-drive models return 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

  • "Although 228 horsepower might sound modest, it's satisfyingly energetic in a vehicle of this size. Standstill to 60 mph happens in a fairly brisk 6.3 seconds." -- Autotrader
  • "Power from the X1's four-cylinder engine proved adequate, 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; it's never overwhelming, but proved plenty to keep up the pace and get around sauntering traffic." -- Autoweek
  • "The turbo four provides plenty of pep as well as good fuel efficiency. In our all-wheel-drive test vehicle, we managed a 6.3-second zero-to-60-mph time, which is one of the quicker entries in this class." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

The X1 has lively and well-rounded handling, but some critics note that it feels a little numb. Ride quality is on the stiffer side, though it remains comfortable in most situations. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The X1's ride is firm and it does not suppress the nastiest road imperfections; it's more sports car than SUV in this regard. The X1 has electrically assisted power steering, which filters out much of the tactility that makes driving BMWs a joy." -- Car and Driver
  • "Steering is precise and handling is predictable yet nimble. The X1 also has a surprisingly relaxed demeanor, with smooth gear shifts and a compliant suspension. The M Sport package stiffens the ride, but such is the compromise that comes with an improvement in handling." -- Autotrader
  • "You can opt for an M Sport suspension, but even without it, the X1 rides and handles really well. The X1 is plenty eager to dive into a corner, but offers nice composure when you're just cruising." -- CNET (2019)
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