2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1

According to the latest reports, the next generation of this subcompact crossover will hit the market in about two years. This means that the 2021 BMW X1 will represent the last production year of the current generation, which in practice means no bigger changes.

We expect that the 2021 BMW X1 will be a typical carryover model, with a familiar design and familiar features. The styling will also remain untouched, though it won’t be surprised if we see a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. The powertrain department definitely remains the same.

Pros:

  • Good driving dynamics
  • Excellent handling
  • Spacious cabin

Cons:

  • Rivals look more upscale
  • Can be noisy at high speeds

Scorecard:

Styling:5
Features:5
Performance:4
Comfort & Quality:4
Safety:4
Critics Rating:4
Total:4.3

Exterior

2021 BMW X1 Exterior

The current generation, codenamed F48, has been around since 2015. Therefore, we can say it is still a relatively fresh model, despite the fact that we haven’t seen any particular changes since the launch. In terms of the styling, it features typical BMW aesthetics that characterize, now already previous generations of models from the Bavarian carmaker.

Mechanically, this model has a lot in common with Mini Countryman. This particularly refers to the drivetrain, as this model is one of rare BMW cars to feature front-wheel-drive. Of course, AWD models are available as well.

Interior

2021 BMW X1 Interior

On the inside, everything looks pretty familiar. You will notice a familiar dashboard design, which resembles other models from the company’s lineup. That means a decent overall quality, lower compared to closest rivals, which are in this case models like Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40.

On the other side, the current generation is pretty generous in terms of leg and headroom and we have no doubt that the 2021 BMW X1 will continue in the same ways. Also, we could see a couple of additions in terms of standard features, though the current model is already equipped pretty well.

Engine

2021-BMW-X1-Engine

Currently, there is just one engine in the offer for the North Ameican market and we presume things will remain the same for the 2021 BMW X1 too. It is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of toque.

It delivers pretty good driving dynamics, while fuel economy is on a high level too. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic. In other parts of the world, the X1 also comes with three-cylinder gasoline units, as well as with hybrid and diesel powertrain options in the offer.

2021 BMW X1 Release Date and Price

This will be the last production year of the current generation. So, we don’t expect any earlier arrival than usual. Also, the price should remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which starts at around $35,000.

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