To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X1. But it costs extra on the NX Series.
Both the X1 and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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.
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 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the NX Series (4/50,000 vs. 1/10,000).
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.
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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 9th.
The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (228 vs. 200) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the NX 200t AWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy). The X1 gets better fuel mileage than the NX 200t F Sport AWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).
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.
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 NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The X1’s tires are lower profile than the NX Series F Sport’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The X1’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.
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.
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 greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (7.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X1’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the NX 200t (7.2 vs. 6.9 inches).
The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.
The X1 is 7.5 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the NX Series (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.
The X1 has 29.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (101 vs. 71.6).
The X1 has 3.8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.
The X1 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).
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 NX Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
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 NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
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.
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.
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 NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.