Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 CR‑V’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 CR‑V’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. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR‑V.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 115 more horsepower (300 vs. 185) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

X1 xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i


Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec


3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.1 sec


14.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec


4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

14.1 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

96 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The X1 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR‑V (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:

X1 s/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i



Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.7 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.2 inches

12 inches

12 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 CR‑V are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X1 has larger standard tires than the CR‑V (225/50R17 vs. 215/70R16).

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 CR‑V LX’s standard 70 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 CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The X1’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR‑V Touring.

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 CR‑V 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 CR‑V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the CR‑V (108.7 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the CR‑V’s (58% to 42%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 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 CR‑V Touring AWD (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the CR‑V.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the X1 and the CR‑V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X1 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR‑V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close 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 CR‑V can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The CR‑V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR‑V 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 CR‑V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR‑V 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 CR‑V 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 CR‑V 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 CR‑V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X1 and the Honda CR‑V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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