This new generation U11 BMW X1 should be one of the brand’s best all-rounders. Not only is it the best looking SUV in the brand’s lineup in my opinion (it’s true, I think the front-drive X1 looks better than every other BMW SUV, fight me), it’s also an affordable, practical and sporty crossover for everyday use. With a starting price of around $40,000 (after destination), the BMW X1 isn’t exactly cheap, but it comes with a lot of drive for the money. Plus, it has the best color selection of any non-M BMW.
BMW USA’s online configurator just added the X1, so now you can go personalize your new family Bimmer. As a member of a small family who would greatly appreciate the usefulness of the X1, I was very intrigued to customize my own X1. What’s interesting is that cars like the BMW X1, front-wheel-drive crossovers, aren’t particularly exciting to look at. So it’s incredibly refreshing that BMW gave it a vibrant color scheme.
Apart from the usual flat, metallic whites and blacks, here are the color options for the BMW X1: Phytonic Blue, Portimao Blue, Storm Bay (grey), San Remo Green, Cape York Green, Utah Orange and Frozen Pure Grey. All are metallic and all look great on the X1. Of course, I chose San Remo Green over my hypothetical build because green is best.
There are also good options inside. There’s a black Alcantara option, which looks cool on an entry-level crossover, red/black leather and dark brown Mocha leather. I chose Moka because it works better with San Remo Green. I also chose the eucalyptus wood trim, which is the best trim option and gives the X1 a much more upscale look.
What’s encouraging is that, even with a few options, you can get a well-equipped BMW X1 for under $45,000, with fresh colors and great tech. If you really spec it, you’ll get closer to $50,000, but it doesn’t really go much higher than that. The new BMW X1 is going to be a hugely popular car among the brand’s customers and it’s not hard to see why.