2021 BMW X1  RealSafeCars77Safety Rating

#56 of 2021 SUVs

#107 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2018 BMW X1
The X1, which BMW introduced in 2013, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). The X1 has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The BMW X1 has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 BMW X1 is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 BMW X1 has a score of 77, implying a 0.046% chance of driver death (4.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 BMW X1 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0458% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.2296%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0458% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.2296% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 BMW X1 is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 BMW X1 is 9% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with BMW's Active Driving Assistant greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. Active safety systems that are standard on the BMW X1 include: Emergency Brake Assist and Lane-Change Warning with Lane-Change Assist.

Some safety features still may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances. Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps, which is standard on the 2021 BMW X1, points headlights towards the direction that the vehicle is heading, even on turns. Standard side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9273BMW X1BMW X2Lexus NXLexus UXM.-B. C-ClassAlfa Romeo GiuliaAudi Q3Volvo XC40BMW 2 SeriesVolvo S60Lincoln CorsairVolkswagen GTIComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 BMW X1 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 92. The 2021 BMW X1 is less safe than the 2021 Lexus UX, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the 2021 Volkswagen GTI, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, the 2021 Volvo S60, the 2021 BMW 2 Series, the 2021 Volvo XC40, the 2021 Audi Q3, and the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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