2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. BMW doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the X1. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The Journey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X1 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

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







5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

250 lbs.

360 lbs.

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

60 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the BMW X1:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

131 G’s

154 G’s

Hip Force

190 lbs.

486 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

65 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

712 lbs.

815 lbs.

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


Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Journey 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The X1’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.


The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (283 vs. 228) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (20.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (21.1 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the X1 (113.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X1 can only carry 5.

The Journey has 20.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X1 (121.7 vs. 101.2).

The Journey has .4 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the X1.




Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

27.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

58.7 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Payload and Towing

The Journey has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

The Journey has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X1 (1187 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Journey has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X1 (1362 vs. 900 lbs.).


The Journey offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X1 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Journey GT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X1 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $275 to $1160 less than the X1 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the X1 because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the X1, including $355 less for a water pump, $20 less for front brake pads, $294 less for a starter, $302 less for fuel injection, $95 less for front struts, $368 less for a timing belt/chain and $1019 less for a power steering pump.


The Dodge Journey outsold the BMW X1 by over three to one during 2018.

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