2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X1 and the UX Series 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the UX Series.

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The UX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 59 more horsepower (228 vs. 169) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (228 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The X1 has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The X1 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 12.4 gallons).

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 UX Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

X1

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 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 UX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The X1’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The X1 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 UX Series; 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

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the UX Series (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The X1 has 10.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (101.2 vs. 90.4).

The X1 has 4.7 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (27.1 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The X1 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the X1 and the UX Series 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 UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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

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