Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Lexus NX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Lexus NX

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the NX Series 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’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the NX Series’ (12 vs. 6 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. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the NX Series.

There are over 77 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

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 NX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (240 vs. 235) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the NX 200t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (300 vs. 235) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 258) than the NX 200t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Lexus NX Series:

X1 xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i

NX 300h

NX 200t

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

5.3 sec

8.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

14.1 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

96 MPH

84.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 s/xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the NX 200t:


NX Series


4 cyl./Auto

23 city/34 hwy

22 city/28 hwy


4 cyl./Auto

22 city/32 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the NX Series 300h.

The X1 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 NX Series are solid, not vented.

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 NX Series’ 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 NX Series F Sport’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The NX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 NX Series 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 NX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the NX Series (108.7 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .81 G’s, while the NX 200t AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the NX 300h AWD (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (7.6 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X1’s minimum ground clearance is .7 inch higher than on the NX 200t (7.6 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

The X1 is 5.8 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 3.1 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear headroom than the NX Series.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 NX Series’ standard 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 NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The NX Series F Sport/300h’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The X1’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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