The 2020 BMW X1 barely undercuts the 2-series as the most affordable BMW. Starting at $36,195 with destination, it’s not cheap but it does come with solid standard features and a host of options that can stretch the cost to nearly $50,000.  

Every X1 starts with synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, eight-way power adjustable seats, rain-sensing automatic wipers, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen new for 2020 with Apple CarPlay compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity. That earns a point, as does its 4-year/50,000 mile warranty, which gets us to a 7 out of 10 for features. 

All-wheel drive adds $2,000, and any color other than black or white adds at least $550 more. The $4,650 M Sport package with adaptive dampers, leather upholstery, moonroof, sport seats, and some aerodynamic and cosmetic upgrades would lead us to other vehicles, such as the redesigned 2020 3-Series or the X3. 

Adding Dakota leather and oak grain wood trim gives the cabin a luxury boost for $1,550, but that must be paired with the $2,500 convenience package. That adds some things we like, once we get over being price bundled, such as keyless ignition, lumbar support, power folding mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, among other less interesting features. 

That gets us to about $43,000 with all-wheel drive, which would mean we’d probably add the $500 heated seats. 

Skipping the upgrades keeps us below $40,000, and that still includes three years of scheduled maintenance and a warranty better than most rivals, except Jaguar. This is the way to go for the X1.

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