BMW X1  vs Subaru XV Crosstrek 

BMW X1 sDrive28i

  • $31k
  • 2.0L
  • 24 city 34 hwy
The X1's smaller size and lighter weight make it feel exceptionally more agile than its X3 bigger brother and athletic prowess makes for a far more exciting drive as compared to the Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
by KBB (May, 2013)

Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

  • $22k
  • 2.0L Flat 4
  • 23 city 30 hwy
Rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman deliver engaging on-road performance and laudable fuel economy, but the new XV Crosstrek supplements its solid road manners with a surprising level of off-road proficiency and the best fuel economy of any all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV on the market.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of sDrive28i vs 2.0i Premium


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium 

RideNerd recommends the Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium  based on its affordability.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of BMW X1 vs XV Crosstrek

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of BMW X1

Reasons to consider the
BMW X1 sDrive28i

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Far better EPA smog score 6 vs 5 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Better highway driving range 564 miles vs 477 miles Around 20% further range on the interstate
Front view of Subaru XV Crosstrek

Reasons to consider the
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

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Lower MSRP $22k vs $31k Around 30% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,517 vs $8,128 Around 20% less expensive per year

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$30,800 13.4¢/mile BMW X1
Subaru XV Crosstrek $21,995 14.4¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Subaru XV Crosstrek is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The BMW X1 only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
BMW X1 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Price $6,160 ($30,800) $4,399 ($21,995)
Fuel $2,006 (2,711 gallons) $2,160 (2,918 gallons)
City 24 MPG 23 MPG
Highway 34 MPG 30 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

BMW X1  vs XV Crosstrek 

The front strut suspension is essentially carried over from the Impreza, while the rear double-wishbone setup comes with pillow-ball bushings, which Subaru says helps ride comfort, stability, and agility.
XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium


The engine propels rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i models from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.2 seconds, while xDrive28i all-wheel-drive versions with that engine do it in 6.3 seconds, BMW says.
X1 sDrive28i


8.3 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


BMW X1  vs
XV Crosstrek 
Brand BMW Subaru
Model year 2013 2013
City range 398 miles 365 miles
Highway range 564 miles 477 miles
MSRP $31k $22k
Annual cost $8,128 $6,517

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 Flat 4
Paddle shifters Optional, $0 N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 2WD 5-speed Manual 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 8 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $350 N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,250 Optional, $1,000
Navigation system Optional Optional, $1,200
Roof rails Optional Optional
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Optional, $260
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


BMW X1  vs
XV Crosstrek 
EPA smog score 6 5
EPA GHG score 7 7
Combined CO2/mile 323 g 346 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

power & handling

Max torque 258 ft-lb @ 1,250 RPM 145 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max HP 241 HP @ 5,000 RPM 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 14.63 lb/hp 20.86 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 feet 34.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Double wishbone
Front brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 11.61 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 10.79 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 70.8 in 70.1 in
Front track width 59.1 in 60 in
Height 60.8 in 63.6 in
Ground clearance 7 in 8.7 in
Length 176.5 in 175.2 in
Wheelbase 108.7 in 103.7 in
Curb weight 3,527 lb 3,087 lb
GVWR 4,497 4,343
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 54 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 42 ft³
BMW X1 sDrive28i
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