Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Cadillac SRX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Cadillac SRX

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the SRX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the SRX’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The SRX’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The SRX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X1’s reliability will be 63% better than the SRX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 265) than the SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Cadillac SRX:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the SRX:




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/34 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

22 city/32 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The SRX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The SRX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X1 stops shorter than the SRX:



60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the SRX’s standard 65 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the SRX’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The SRX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The SRX’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the SRX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the SRX 4 pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the SRX 4 (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the SRX’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.3 feet). The X1 xDrive’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the SRX’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the SRX (7.6 vs. 7 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Cadillac SRX.

The X1 is 1 foot, 1.8 inches shorter than the SRX, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 1.3 inches more rear headroom than the SRX.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the X1 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the SRX can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X1 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The SRX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The X1’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The SRX’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the SRX because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the SRX, including $4 less for front brake pads and $62 less for fuel injection.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $3695 to $8317 less than for the Cadillac SRX.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac SRX isn't recommended.

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