2023 BMW X1 Review: First Drive

BMW has shown for decades that compact vehicles don’t have to sacrifice fun, luxury, or prestige.

Cars like the classic E30 3 Series demonstrated it proudly. But even more modern machinery like both generations of the 2 Series coupe, as well as today’s more basic 3ers show that BMW can make a small vehicle that is something special. It’s cars like those that made the first two generations of BMW’s X1 crossover feel less substantial. They wore the kidneys and roundel on the nose, but they never really felt like true BMWs.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $38,600
Engine / 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Power / 241 hp
Torque / 295 lb-ft
Drivetrain / AWD
Transmission / 7DCT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 25 mpg / 34 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 25.7 cu ft.

Our Final Verdict

BMW X1

3.8
Performance 8.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 7.0
Quality and Styling 8.0
Value 7.0