2018 BMW X1 Walk Around

With the twin-kidney grille, the X1 is clearly a BMW, and with its height and greenhouse it’s clearly a crossover, not a stylish BMW wagon.

The big nostrils of the grille are framed by cat’s eye headlamps, with icing-like sculpting that stretches down the sides of the car to the high taillamps. Dark cladding wraps around the rear and touches the low air intakes up front.


The dashboard looks smart, with its big round analog gauges, but the standard interior materials don’t meet the quality expected in a premium vehicle. The front seats are inadequate in thigh bolstering and thin on back support. We haven’t tried the sport seats.

The back seats are comfortable, however. There’s good headroom, thanks to the height, and generous legroom in the rear for a subcompact, although not enough width back there for three adults. The seats are easy to climb in and out of, thanks to wide door openings. There is an available rear seat that reclines and slides rearward by five inches. Forward, if cargo space is needed.

Cargo space is good for a subcompact crossover, a bit less than a compact. It’s 27.1 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 58.7 cubic feet with it down. That’s more than the Audi Q3 or Range Rover Evoque, but way less than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

The low dashboard and fairly thin windshield pillars allows excellent visibility.

We like the optional wood trim and leather with contrasting stitching, and the head-up display, and the 8.8-inch touchscreen that’s mounted on top of the center console festooned with audio and climate buttons. The screen comes with a touchpad on the iDrive knob.

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