The 2018 BMW X1 xDrive281 AWD is competitive with all comers in compact crossover segment

A BMW is universally regarded as a driver’s car and the second generation 2018 X1 xDrive28i is no exception – proving a compact crossover can be every bit driver’s car as a sport sedan or coupe.

In its fast-growing segment, the enhanced styling, strong power train, performance grade chassis and nicely complete suite of features and amenities in the 2018 X1 make it a top choice among luxury level compact crossover SUVs.

After all – it is a ‘Bimmer’.

2018 BMW X1
2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i AWD as tested

BMW sent us a new 2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i AWD for drive test recently.

The base MSRP for the second generation X1 AWD is $34,800 which is a bit deceiving, as at that price point, it lacks some features that we would expect to come standard for the base MSRP.

Adding those items in, our test car was nicely featured with standard, accessory and optional equipment and a delivered price of $44,945.

2018 BMW xDrive28i

Now that is not chump change for a compact crossover SUV, but then again, the 2018 BMW X1 xDrive 28i AWD is not an everyday crossover either.

Getting our attention right up front, our test 2018 X1 came in a bold Sunset Orange Metallic with a very fresh-look Canberra Beige Dakota leather interior (both extra cost) accented by High Gloss Black trims and Pearl Glass Chrome highlights.  And that was before getting behind the wheel and hitting the start button.

2018 BMW xDrive28i
Power Train

The 2018 BMW X1 is powered by a 2.0L Twin Power Turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower with 258 lb.-ft. of torque delivered through an Aisin 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes.

The X1 is equipped with the well-regarded xDrive Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with a Driving Dynamic Control system featuring three drive settings – ECO PRO (allowing engine coasting between 30 and 100 mph), COMFORT for normal driving and SPORT for more aggressive performance that adjust the driving dynamics and power train responsiveness as selected by the driver.

We noted the quick acceleration of this power train and might have (not saying we did) confirmed that this baby runs 0-60 mph in just over 6 seconds.

Running on regular gas the X1 AWD power train is fuel economy rated at 22/31 mpg city/highway and 25 mpg combined.

2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i
2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i
Mechanical

The X1 runs on 18-inch Light Alloy Y-Spoke wheels fitted with 225/50 R18 Run-Flat All-season tires.  It is equipped with the BMW M sport suspension, Servotronic Speed Sensitive Steering, Dynamic Stability Control with Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake and Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Assist, Brake Drying and Hill Start Assist.

Running the hills of the winding roads around Lake Travis in Central Texas, we found the road handling, steering and braking solidly met our expectation of a BMW.

2018 BMW xDrive28i
2018 BMW X1
Exterior

The BMW X1 exterior elements featured the refined iconic BMW kidney grille, three section lower air intake and the ‘six-eyed’ look of the twin round headlamps and fog lamps.  Significant features included the Matte Chrome Exterior Trim, Satin Chrome Roof Rails, Power Tailgate, Rear Window Privacy Glass, Automatic Headlights, Adjustable Speed Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers. LED Headlights with cornering (extra), Halogen Low Beam Headlights and Fog Lights and Power Adjustable Heated Mirrors.

2018 BWM X1 xDrive28i
2018 BWM X1 xDrive28i
Adding the Extras

The Sunset Orange Metallic exterior and Canberra Beige leather interior added $2,000.

A Convenience Package ($2,500) featured a number of elements (often standard in similar level competitors) including Power Folding Mirrors, Keyless Entry, Panoramic Moonroof, Ambient Lighting and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Other items added included:

  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel – $550
  • LED Headlights with Cornering – $950
  • Park Distance Control – $800
  • Navigation – $950

A last item was Apple CarPlay Compatibility – $300 which begged the question of why no Android Auto?

Delivered and ready to roll, our test 2018 BMW X1 xDrive28i AWD priced at $44,945.

2018 BMW X1 xDrive
2018 BMW X1 xDrive
What else?

We noted that our test BMW X1 was missing their Active Driving Assistant Package ($700) that includes Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian and City Mitigation and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go.  A luxury compact crossover SUV at this price point should have these features as standard.

Though the basic audio package is adequate, we would have upgraded to the available 360-watt, digitally amplified 12-speaker harman/kardon Premium Sound System ($875).

Adding $1,575 for those options, our test 2018 BMW X1 xDrive 28i AWD would have priced very little more.  

With the optional features that were included plus the couple we would have added – the second generation X1 xDrive 28i AWD is a great looking, performance focused and premium loaded crossover to drive and/or ride.

At whatever price, it’s a ‘Bimmer’ after all.

2018 BMW X1
X1 xDrive28i M Sport?

Since you asked, yes you can ‘M Sport’ your X1.

With the M Sport suspension already in the X1, the M Sport Package ($4,650) amps up the X1 with the M Sport 8-speed automatic transmission with Paddle Shifters and Aerodynamics Effects Kit, then adds M Sport Steering Wheel, M Sport Seats, Shadowline Exterior Trim High, Power Folding Mirrors, Gloss Roof Rails and a lot more.

The final M Sport ‘touch’ is to up-size the wheels to the 19-inch Double-Spoke Bi-color Alloy Wheels ($600).

An M Sport version of the BMW X1 xDrive28i would set you back right around $50,000.

2018 BMW X1

Odd Fact:  For those who will ask, a Beemer is a BMW Motorcycle, while a Bimmer is a BMW vehicle.

To learn more about all of the features of the BMW subcompact X1 series, go to: https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/x-models/x1.html