2016 BMW X1 Starts at $35,795
Evolutionary Styling Covers Big Changes Underneath
BMW has announced pricing for the 2016 X1 crossover, starting at $35,795 including $995 destination. Compared to the comparable 2015 model, that’s a $1,800 increase. The previously available rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i, which started at $32,195, is no longer offered. One of the reasons why is because of the switch to BMW’s new transverse powertrain orientation shared with the new Mini Cooper models. Consequently, the only available powertrain combination for the 2016 model is a 228hp turbocharged 2.0L I-4 mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive. That also means BMW’s beloved turbocharged, 300hp I-6 is dropped from the X1 line.
From the outside, the 2016 X1 looks like a larger, slightly more utilitarian evolution of the last X1, but it carries most of the traditional BMW styling cues such as the twin-kidney grille and Angel Eye headlights. Although purists may lament the first non-longitudinal BMW in the U.S. market, few buyers in the crossover segment seem to know or care about their vehicle’s drivetrain details. However, going to the transverse drivetrain gives the 2016 X1 some very marketable attributes in the form of a roomier rear seating area and 15 percent greater cargo capacity. Fuel economy is unchanged compared to the 2015 X1 xDrive28i model at 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.