Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Chevrolet Equinox Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The X1 offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the X1 and the Equinox 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 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Chevrolet pays for maintenance for the Equinox (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120-amp alternator and largest (V6) 155-amp alternator aren’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 Equinox’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 31% better than the Chevrolet Equinox V6 and 36% better than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (240 vs. 182) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 272) than the Equinox’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

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


Equinox 4 cyl.

Equinox V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.8 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.7 sec

7.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

7.3 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

18 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

79.8 MPH

92.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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





22 city/32 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/34 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto




20 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./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 Equinox 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 Equinox doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1 xDrive35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

X1 xDrive35i


Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

11.9 inches

The X1 stops shorter than the Equinox:



60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

154 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 Equinox’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 Equinox’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 Equinox 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 Equinox’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 Equinox’s (56% to 44%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.1 feet vs. 40 feet). The X1 xDrive’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19" wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.6 vs. 6.9 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 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The X1 is 11.3 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Equinox.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X1’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Equinox can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Comfort Access optional on the X1 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X1 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Equinox doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X1 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The X1 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Equinox offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The X1’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Equinox LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the X1’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $711 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the Equinox, including $92 less for front brake pads, $77 less for fuel injection and $287 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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