2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Envision doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

X1

Envision

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

31%

51%

Leg Forces (l/r)

309/268 lbs.

230/563 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

X1

Envision

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

154 G’s

155 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Envision (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 11 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (228 vs. 197) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Envision

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Buick Envision (5). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Envision every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X1’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Envision doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

X1

Envision

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

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 Envision are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Envision:

 

X1

Envision

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The X1’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

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 Envision doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

The X1 is 8.3 inches shorter than the Envision, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 1.9 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

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

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 7% lower rating, Buick is ranked 9th.

Ergonomics

The X1’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the X1 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X1 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Envision doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Envision is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the Envision, including $34 less for front brake pads and $341 less for front struts.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Envision was rated third in its category.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Envision has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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