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2018 BMW X1 Introduction

The BMW X1 crossover is built on the front-wheel-drive Mini platform, which technically makes it a subcompact crossover, but it appears much bigger than that because of its height.

The X1 was redesigned for 2016, and for 2017 front-wheel-drive was offered in addition to all-wheel drive. For 2018, a rearview camera is added as standard equipment, and some optional packages have changed.

BMW X1 rivals might include the Acura RDX, Volvo, or a Ford Escape Titanium. More optimistically, BMW sees the X1 competing with the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3.

Handling is pleasant but uninspired; and with front-wheel drive it could be a small Ford or Kia. For a BMW, X1 is inexpensive. Interior materials, and the front-wheel-drive platform, reflect that.

The BMW X1 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a paddle-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s really quick, maybe the best thing about it, with strong power for passing.

The 2018 BMW X1 rates an EPA-estimated 23/32 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined with front-wheel drive, one mile per gallon lower with xDrive all-wheel drive. The IIHS gives it its best rating, Top Safety Pick Plus.

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