Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X1 VS 2016 Honda CR-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X1

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2016 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X1. But it costs extra on the CR‑V.

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, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (228 vs. 185) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

X1

CR‑V

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.9 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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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 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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

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For better traction, the X1 has larger tires than the CR‑V (225/50R18 vs. 215/70R16).

The X1’s 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 tires are lower profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-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

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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 2 inches longer than on the CR‑V (105.1 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.4% to 43.6%) than the CR‑V’s (58% to 42%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR‑V (7.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The X1 is 4.6 inches shorter than the CR‑V, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR‑V.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X1’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X1 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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/SE’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.

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.

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’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR‑V Touring.

When the X1 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The CR‑V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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.

The X1 has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR‑V EX-L/Touring.

The X1’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR‑V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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