To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X1. But it costs extra on the Rogue.
Both the X1 and the Rogue 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.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue’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. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 20th, below the industry average.
The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (228 vs. 170) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Rogue 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 Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The X1 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (16.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
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 Rogue S/SV’s standard 65 series tires. The X1’s tires are lower profile than the Rogue SL’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue S/SV. The X1’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Rogue SL.
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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Rogue.
The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).
The X1 is 7.5 inches shorter than the Rogue, 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 Rogue (.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 .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X1’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the X1. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
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 Rogue doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the X1 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
When two different drivers share the X1, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Rogue doesn’t offer a memory system.
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 Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the X1 and the Rogue 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 Rogue 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 Rogue’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 Rogue can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rogue 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. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue and aren’t offered on the Rogue S.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue 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 Rogue 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 Rogue SV/SL.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the X1 offers an optional Active 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 Rogue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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 Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.