BMW announced the BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle. In its second generation, the 2019 BMW X1 builds on the success of its predecessor (61,974 sold in the US to date) by incorporating a roomier interior, greater efficiency and technology on the forefront of innovation. The second generation takes to the stage with a body design typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US featuring a 2.0-liter TwinTurbo 4-cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower, making the X1 the most powerful entry model in the segment. It mounted to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. An efficiency-optimized version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology all help to enhance sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model. The 2019 BMW X1 also showcases its exceptional versatility with increased cargo area and greater interior room with more headroom than before.
The 2019 BMW X1 available with an 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine featuring a twin-tailpipe design that draws further attention to the sporty character of the X1. It features BMW’s new modular EfficientDynamics engine, a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder unit with a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. This powerful engine develops 228 hp at 5,000 rpm, representing the highest power output in the entry model class. The peak torque of 258 lb-ft, which is available between 1,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm ensures once again that the driving torque is effortlessly and instantly delivered for a dynamic and agile driving experience. Its instantaneous pulling power enables acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
With the reduced weight and enhanced internal efficiency, the 8-speed Steptronic transmission also helps to optimize efficiency. The reduced converter slip of the automatic transmission cuts energy losses, and its wider gear spread keeps revs lower at higher vehicle speeds contributing to the reduced emissions.
The compact, low-weight and efficient all-wheel-drive system distributes the engine’s power between the front and rear axle exactly as the situation requires – at all times. Working closely with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) allows the system to act preemptively to counteract any tendency on the car’s towards oversteer or understeer. The BMW xDrive system therefore ensures excellent traction, optimized directional stability and enhanced cornering dynamics in all weather and road conditions. Furthermore, the combination of the DSC system and xDrive also includes Hill Descent Control.
2019 BMW X1 SPECIFICATION
Config/No of cyls/valves
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with turbocharger
2.0 liters / 1998 cm3
10.2 : 1
228 hp @ 5,000 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm
Front engine, front or all-wheel drive
Automatic, 8-Spd Adaptive w/Steptronic, Sport & Manual Modes
6.3 sec (AWD)
Zero to 100 mph
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)
23 City / 32 Highway / 26 Combined
22 City / 31 Highway / 25 Combined
The 2019 BMW X1 is defined by its cutting-edge vehicle concept and advancements in the areas of functionality, safety and comfort. This multi talented model not only boasts more space for passengers and luggage, it also offers additional flexibility when it comes to utilizing its load-carrying capacity. Extensive standard equipment and numerous attractive options underline the premium character of this compact BMW Sports Activity Vehicle.
The BMW X1 is the roomiest vehicle in its class, the overall interior room and comfort treat passengers to additional head and legroom. The horizontal surface design in the interior, create generous levels of space and an ambience typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. Standard power front seats provide a seating position raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear when compared to its predecessor. Leg room in the rear has increased by 1.5 inches in standard specification and by up to 2.6 inches with the optionally adjustable rear seat while accessible storage areas like the compartment in front of the shifter emphasize the versatile character.
The driver focused cockpit and generously sized surfaces define the interior of the 2019 BMW X1 as a classic Sports Activity Vehicle. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls all angled towards the driver aim to help and maintain control over the surroundings at all times regardless of changing road conditions.
The passenger compartment of the 2019 BMW X1 has large door pockets and offers a selection of smaller storage areas. A storage compartment is integrated into the instrument panel on the driver’s side. Positioned in front of the gear-shift selector lever in the center console beneath a sliding cover are two cup holders. The front armrest for the driver and front passenger includes an integrated storage compartment. The standard storage package includes features such as nets in the backrest of the driver and the front passenger seat and a central armrest with cup holders for the rear adding to the X1’s storage offerings. Safe transportation of goods is assured with a strap and net in the trunk.
The rear seatback can be split 40:20:40, with the three sections folding down individually or jointly. An optional sliding and reclining rear bench with individual elements that can slide forward or back by up to five inches allowing seating comfort and storage capacity to be adjusted even more precisely. The tilt angle for the rear-seat backrest can also be adjusted when fitted with the optional equipment seats and ranges from 31 degrees all the way to a near-vertical cargo position of 1 degree. A power-folding feature enables the rear seats to be folded at the touch of a button inside the luggage compartment. Cargo space is increased by more than 15 percent allowing plenty of storage practicality. The standard automatic tailgate operation makes the BMW X1’s load-carrying capacity even easier, and Comfort Access, offered as part of the Premium Package also includes a hands-free tailgate opening and closing function.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 BMW X1 is a five-passenger small luxury crossover SUV available in two main versions: the front-wheel-drive sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i. You have two directions to go: xLine Design or the sportier M Sport Design. From that, you can add various optional packages.
With the xLine Design, the X1 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, foglights, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, simulated leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory functions, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch central display, navigation, a USB port, Apple CarPlay with a one-year subscription, and a seven-speaker audio system. Safety features includes forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam actuation, and speed limit display.
The optional Convenience package adds folding mirrors, keyless access, a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, and adjustable front-seat lumbar support. A Luxury package includes upgraded leather and interior trim pieces.
The 2019 BMW X1 M Sport Design package combines the Convenience and Luxury packages plus a various visual and performance upgrades that include different 18-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior trim, special interior trim, a sport-tuned transmission and front sport seats. The M Sport Design cars can also swap out for stickier performance tires and an M Sport suspension that includes adaptive dampers.
Every X1s can be equipped with a Premium package that adds LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a head-up display, and a full-featured navigation system displayed on a larger 8.8-inch screen. Other options include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, an active parking system, adaptive cruise control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging capability, and sliding and reclining rear-seat adjustability.
The 2019 BMW X1 sDrive28i has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $36,000, while the xDrive28i start under $38,000. A fully loaded X1 can hit the upper-$40,000 range. At these prices, the BMW X1 close to the Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lexus NX, and several thousand dollars more than other compact SUVs such as the Infiniti QX30, Volkswagen Tiguan and Buick Encore.