2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist optional in the Tucson as “Superior.” The X1 scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Tucson Limited offers an optional Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Tucson and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

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

 

Tucson

X1

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

328

Neck Injury Risk

21%

32%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

360 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

257/329 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

162 lbs.

175 lbs.

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

68 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

309/268 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the BMW X1:

 

Tucson

X1

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

143

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

154 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

486 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

637 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X1 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The X1’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tucson’s reliability 19 points higher than the X1.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Transmission

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The X1 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tucson stops shorter than the X1:

 

Tucson

X1

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tucson Sport/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (245/45R19 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X1.

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the X1’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X1.

Passenger Space

The Tucson has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 58.7 cubic feet).

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

 

Tucson

X1

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

35.1”/69”

Max Width

53”

51.5”

Min Width

40.7”

39.5”

Height

35.2”

33”

Towing

The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the X1’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tucson Limited’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.

Both the Tucson and the X1 offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the X1, including $439 less for a water pump, $463 less for a muffler, $83 less for front brake pads, $349 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $292 less for a fuel pump, $236 less for front struts, $984 less for a timing belt/chain and $707 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the BMW X1 by almost five to one during 2018.

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