Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Ford Escape Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Ford Escape

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the Escape 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 Escape’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Escape’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Escape.

Reliability Comparison

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 Escape’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 103% better than the Ford Escape 2.5 and 268% better than the Ford Escape 1.6 ECOBoost.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 has more powerful engines than the Escape:

Horsepower

Torque

X1 sDrive/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X1 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

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

X1

Escape 1.6

Escape 2.0

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.4 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.9 sec

8.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

6.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

17.5 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

80.5 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

X1

Escape

2WD

n/a

22 city/31 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

23 city/34 hwy

23 city/32 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

22 city/32 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X1 has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (16.6 vs. 15.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

X1 s/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i

Escape

Escape

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.7 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.2 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Escape are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Escape:

X1

Escape

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

134 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 Escape’s standard 55 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 Escape Titanium’s 45 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 Escape doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Escape (108.7 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Escape’s (57.5% to 42.5%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Escape’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.4 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Escape.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X1’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Escape can only operate 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 Escape 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 Escape’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Escape doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Escape has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Titanium.

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 Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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