Overview (Final Score: A)

The 2016 BMW X1 is completely new for this model year. The new X1 is based, surprisingly, on the BMW MINI Cooper rather than the previous-generation’s 3 Series roots. This has meant that the X1 gains a lighter feel, better performance and more spacious use of its interior versus the previous generation. All good improvements for this compact crossover.

The premium/luxury compact crossover segment is booming and competition is fierce. This newly redesigned X1 puts the BMW offering back on the playing field as a solid competitor. It’s peppy, nimble, roomy and downright fun to drive.

The 2016 BMW X1 is a 5-passenger compact crossover in the luxury segment. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, automated wipers and climate controls, premium upholstery, split-fold rear seating and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with navigation. A single trim level is offered with option packages for upgrade.

What We Loved About the 2016 BMW X1

  • Roomy and comfortable with plenty of cargo space
  • Nimble and fun to drive with a lot of sport appeal
  • Great fuel economy for the class


What We Didn’t Love About the 2016 BMW X1

  • Premium fuel requirement
  • Lack of crash test data
  • Expected reliability is only average


Interested in the X1? You can get learn more in the full review here.



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