2021 BMW X1

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2021 BMW X1 Review: Practical Compact Fun Done Right

Many young people are concerned only with speed and looks when it comes to their cars, giving no thought to such mundane things as practicality. But, there are some with a good head on their shoulders who know that's is possible to have both, if you look at something like the 2021 BMW X1. This stylish compact crossover knows how to have a good time, thanks to its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which develops a hearty 228 horsepower. But while it won't break any speed records, the X1 crossover is an excellent luxury vehicle with ample room for a small family and their stuff, and plenty of features to keep everyone comfortable. But, that's not to say there isn't any competition out there, especially with excellent offerings from other German brands such as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Competition is stiff, so where exactly does the 2021 X1 fit in?

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2021 BMW X1 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 X1?

Not much changes for the US version of the X1 crossover in the 2021 model year. Several paints have been removed from the palette and Cashmere Silver Metallic and Phytonic Blue Metallic have been added. New standard features include SiriusXM with one-year all-access, while the list of standalone options has been updated. Sport seats are now only available with the M Sport Package, which has been made $300 cheaper. LED fog lamps are no longer included in the Convenience and Premium packages, and the base cost of the X1 has been increased by $200.

Pros and Cons

  • Highly capable four-pot engine
  • Handles really well for a high-rider
  • Looks great inside and out
  • Plush, upscale interior
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Standard front seats lack support
  • Infotainment system is slow
  • Ride comfort could be softer

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2021 BMW X1 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 X1 Exterior

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  • Length 175.5 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 62.9 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,554.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Mineral Gray Metallic +$550
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic +$550
  • Glacier Silver Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$550
  • Storm Bay Metallic +$1,200
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2021 X1 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 X1 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Front Head Room 41.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.4 in

2021 X1 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 X1 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 BMW X1 A Good SUV?

If you're in the market for a roomy and practical SUV but still want some luxury and a certain level of performance, the BMW X1 is a great choice. Now in its second generation, it's been refined to such a degree that it can tick all the boxes without making many compromises, which is amazing for such a small vehicle. These sacrifices include a somewhat stiff ride and less-than-stellar front-seat support. The infotainment is also a little laggy at times.

In exchange, you get some genuine performance chops, great handling for a top-heavy car, and more than a few standard safety features. This helps to explain the NHTSA's perfect review of the 2021 BMW X1, which returned a five-star safety rating. Unfortunately, the reliability of these German vehicles is not as good as their high-quality materials would suggest with only 75 out of 100 for quality and reliability from J.D. Power. If you're willing to pay the price that a premium vehicle asks, the BMW X1 is definitely worth the money.

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