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

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2015 Cadillac SRX

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2015 BMW X1

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac SRX are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the SRX and X1 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The SRX has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X1’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The SRX has a standard Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the SAHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X1 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The SRX offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The X1 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The SRX offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The X1 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The SRX’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The X1 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The SRX’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the SRX’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the SRX and the X1 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

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the SRX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SRX’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

The SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 68 more horsepower (308 vs. 240) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (265 vs. 260) than the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (308 vs. 300) than the X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac SRX uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X1 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The SRX has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (21 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

The SRX stops much shorter than the X1:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

134 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the SRX has larger tires than the X1 (235/65R18 vs. 225/50R17). The SRX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (235/65R18 vs. 225/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SRX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the X1. The SRX’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the X1.

The Cadillac SRX’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X1 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The SRX offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X1, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The SRX offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the SRX’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the X1 (110.5 inches vs. 108.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the SRX is 4.7 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The SRX 4 handles at .84 G’s, while the X1 xDrive28i pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The SRX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X1 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The SRX has 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The SRX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (29.8 vs. 14.8 cubic feet). The SRX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 47.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the SRX. The X1 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the SRX offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The X1 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The SRX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The SRX’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The SRX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X1 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the SRX has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the SRX’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the X1’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SRX has standard extendable sun visors. The X1 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the SRX and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The SRX also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

The SRX’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The SRX’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The X1 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SRX offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X1 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the SRX is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the SRX than the X1, including $355 less for a water pump, $278 less for an alternator, $319 less for a starter, $11 less for a fuel pump, $612 less for front struts, $246 less for a timing belt/chain and $96 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The SRX was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five Trucks” for 3 of the last 11 years. The X1 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five Truck” pick.

The Cadillac SRX outsold the BMW X1 by over two to one during the 2014 model year.

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