The 2019 Bmw X1 Release Date continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
Unless you live deep in the snowbelt, the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i should provide more than enough performance to satisfy most drivers. Make sure it comes with the Convenience and Premium packages to get keyless entry, heated seats, ambient lighting and power-folding mirrors.
Luxury compact crossover SUVs are quite popular these days. It’s easy to understand why: They’re versatile, easy to park, roomy and relatively affordable. You don’t typically get a whole lot of performance from this class, however. For the most part, they’re pretty boring to drive. But there is an exception: the 2019 BMW X1.
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The X1 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s near the top in power for the segment. From a handling perspective, the X1 is closer to a sport sedan than its more sluggish competitors. Drivers who place handling as a priority can even option their X1 with an adjustable sport suspension.
This pint-size BMW is still plenty practical, too. With its rear seats up, it can hold 27.3 cubic feet worth of stuff, which is more than what you’ll be able to fit in rivals such as the Audi Q3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA. The X1’s 40/20/40-split folding rear seats provide added flexibility to carry a mix of people and cargo.
The main drawback is the X1’s ride quality. BMW’s focus on sporting potential has resulted in a somewhat firm ride. If you’re the type of driver who prefers cruising down the road enjoying the scenery, the X1 may not be for you. Additionally, the X1 is like most other BMWs in that it can be difficult — and expensive — to get the exact combination of trim, package and stand-alone options you want.
Still, for the driver who wants handling, style and functionality, the 2019 BMW X1 is one of the few compact crossovers that can do it all.
2019 BMW X1 configurations
The 2019 BMW X1 comes in two main versions: the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i. From there, you have two directions to go: xLine Design or the sportier M Sport Design. After that, you can add various packages that BMW calls tiers.
Powered by a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower, 258 pound-feet) and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the BMW X1 is an engaging small luxury crossover. With the xLine Design, the X1 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, foglights, automatic wipers and a power liftgate.
On the inside, the X1 comes with simulated leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats and driver-seat memory functions. Tech features include BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch central display, navigation, a USB port, Apple CarPlay with a one-year subscription, and a seven-speaker audio system.
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Standard active safety systems offer forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam actuation, and speed limit display.
The available Convenience package adds folding mirrors, keyless access, a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, and adjustable front-seat lumbar support. A Luxury package includes upgraded leather and interior trim pieces.
The M Sport Design package combines the contents of those Convenience and Luxury packages. It also adds various visual and performance upgrades that include different 18-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior trim, special interior trim, a sport-tuned transmission and front sport seats.
All X1s can be equipped with a Premium package that includes LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a head-up display, and a full-featured navigation system displayed on a larger 8.8-inch screen.
Other options include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, an active parking system, adaptive cruise control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging capability, and sliding and reclining rear-seat adjustability. M Sport Design cars can also swap out for stickier performance tires and an M Sport suspension that includes adaptive dampers.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW X1 xDrive28i (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).
Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current vehicle has received some revisions, including standard navigation, smartphone connectivity and active driver aids. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year’s vehicle, however.
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The best value in 2019 Bmw X1 Release Date is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.