It seems that every brand—both luxury and mainstream—is throwing all its resources to the growing crossover market. Our testing reveals that the BMW X1 is the best crossover in the small-luxury segment. It’s quick, nimble, spacious, well-built, and undeniably upscale. BMW’s baby crossover belies its boxy shape with athletic handling and peppy performance, but it still provides class-leading cargo and passenger space. The X1 meets its mission so well that we named it on our 10Best Trucks and SUVs list for 2017.
For 2017, BMW has made few changes to its smallest crossover, which was fully redesigned and introduced in 2015 as a 2016 model. While the previous generation was available with an inline-six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, the 2016 model rolled out on an all-new front-drive platform with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder as its sole engine. This year, the M Sport package will include a sport-tuned suspension for the first time; sport seats are also offered as a stand-alone option.
Power-adjustable front seats with memory
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
The all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i is $2000 more than the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i, but, depending on where you live, it may be a worthwhile choice. The front-wheel-drive model is more than adequate for daily commutes, though we recommend the M Sport package ($2450) because it comes with more comfortable sport seats and other enticing add-ons, including:
M sport suspension
Body-colored bumpers and lower-body cladding
A racy M-branded steering wheel
Blacked-out window trim and roof rails
At $37,540, our front-drive X1 sDrive28i represents great value and a sharper dynamic edge than rivals such as the Lexus NX, with the M Sport Package dialing in even more driving fun. However, unless you want to limit your color choices to either black or white, plan on spending an extra $700 for a metallic paint option, of which there are nine.