Car and Driver recently created their 1st-ever 10Best Trucks and SUVs list. We’re proud to say that the 2017 BMW X1 beat out competitors like the 2017 Infiniti QX30, 2017 Buick Encore and 2017 Lexus NX in the Subcompact Luxury SUV category to get on the list.
Every new or significantly updated vehicle with a base price less than $80,000 was evaluated over a week of testing. Each Car and Driver editor voted on each nominee on value, the level of driver engagement behind the wheel and the fulfillment of mission. The latter means things like:
- Getting in & out of the 2nd row
- Folding down the seats to inspect cargo holds
- Toying with the onboard connectivity & convenience features
Why Car and Driver Chose the 2017 BMW X1
Top-Notch Design & Performance
One thing the editors recognized in the new X1 was how the vehicle was built. They spoke highly about its chassis because it enables sharp handling, precise steering and energetic cornering for a firm but not punishing ride.
Car and Driver says that the X1 “avoids the terminal dorkiness that’s rampant among [subcompact luxury SUVs]” and looks more like larger models like the X3 & X5. This applies to both the exterior design and interior control layout.
Some Impressive Numbers
Speaking of the interior, Car and Driver boasted about the 2017 BMW X1’s spacious passenger compartment and versatile cargo hold. Here are some dimensions of note:
- Up to 58.7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front row
- 41.9” of headroom
- 40.4” of front legroom & 37” of rear legroom
Another factor in naming the X1 to the 10Best Trucks and SUVs list was its fuel economy. The X1 is able to get up to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg thanks to the use of a 228-hp 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder paired with 8-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes.
The 2017 BMW X1 will also keep your mind at ease since it was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to its performance in collision testing. Please contact our team today to learn more about this Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs list winner or to schedule a test drive at our Somerset County, New Jersey dealership location!