2020 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Ford Escape

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Safety

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The X1 has standard City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Escape offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the X1 and the Escape 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive 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 BMW X1 is safer than the Ford Escape:

X1

Escape

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

2417

Neck Injury Risk

31%

47%

Neck Compression

68 lbs.

106 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

309/268 lbs.

453/192 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Escape:

X1

Escape

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

1/1.9 kN

1.7/2.2 kN

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 BMW X1 is safer than the Ford Escape:

X1

Escape

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

193

290

Hip Force

637 lbs.

649 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

HIC

278

357

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

44 G’s

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, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Escape was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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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 Escape’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 Escape’s (12 vs. 5 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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Escape.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 10 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (228 vs. 168) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 170) than the Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 49 more horsepower (228 vs. 179) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 177) than the Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Ford Escape:

X1

Escape 4 cyl.

Escape turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

80.9 MPH

78.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

X1

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Escape

FWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

AWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

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

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Ford Escape (3 to 5). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Escape every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Escape.

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 Escape doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

X1

Escape

Escape EcoBoost

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11 inches

11 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 Escape are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops much shorter than the Escape:

X1

Escape

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 Escape’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape.

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 Escape doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Escape SE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Escape’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the Escape Titanium AWD (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escape (101.2 vs. 98.7).

The X1 has 2 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Escape.

Cargo Capacity

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

X1

Escape

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

33.6”/67”

Max Width

51.5”

45.6”

Min Width

39.5”

40.4”

Height

33”

34.5”

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

Servicing Ease

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The X1 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Escape 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

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The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Escape doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X1’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

The X1’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape 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 Escape’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 Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

Economic Advantages

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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 Escape is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the Escape, including $499 less for a muffler.

Recommendations

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

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