2017 BMW X1 SUV Review: Strong Performance, Top Quality, and Class-Leading Cargo Capacity

Feb 24, 2017 06:50 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The 2017 BMW X1 is a compact luxury crossover that can seat five. It is one of the German luxury automaker's smallest and most affordable sports utility vehicles and is definitely a top pick.

Pros and Features. According to Edmunds, the X1 is a compact an affordable luxury SUV. It carries BMW's name and guarantee and is one of the leading choices.

It features trademark quality inside and outside from a trusted luxury automaker. Its turbocharged engine features powerful and strong performance. The luxury SUV is one of the best-handling compact crossovers in the market.

While the vehicle appears small, it has a surprisingly large, class-leading cargo capacity. It also has more rear passenger room than most of its competitors.

The interior is very high-level, made with quality finish and materials. Additionally, it has free maintenance for the first four years or 50,000 miles.

Cons. According to Car and Driver, the vehicle's standard sport suspension can be jarring on rough roads. It also has a less than precise steering compared to other BMW sport sedans.

What's New? The 2016 X1 SUV saw a full redesign. The 2017 model remains virtually unchanged.

Models. The 2017 BMW X1 is available in two trims. It comes in a front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i and an all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i.

The vehicle's standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a power liftgate, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It has decent electronic features including BMW's iDrive interface, touchpad controller with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system.

The X1 has several options packages. There is a Premium package, a Luxury package, and a Technology package. There is also an M Sport package, Driver Assistance package, and Cold Weather package.

Verdict. The 2017 BMW X1 is an excellent choice for a compact luxury crossover. It is both affordable and surprisingly spacious and offers a lot of great features.

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