2021 BMW X1 vs. 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

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Safety

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Both the X1 and the CR-V Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 CR-V Hybrid’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 CR-V Hybrid’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. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-V Hybrid.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 19th.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Honda CR-V Hybrid:

X1

CR-V Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

27.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

7.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

103 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The X1 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V Hybrid (16.1 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V Hybrid:

X1

CR-V Hybrid

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 CR-V Hybrid are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the CR-V Hybrid:

X1

CR-V Hybrid

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

173 feet

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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 CR-V Hybrid LX’s standard 65 series tires. The X1’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V Hybrid Touring’s 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 CR-V Hybrid LX.

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 CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

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 CR-V Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the CR-V Hybrid Touring pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the CR-V Hybrid Touring (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X1 is 6.6 inches shorter than the CR-V Hybrid, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the CR-V Hybrid.

The front step up height for the X1 is 2 inches lower than the CR-V Hybrid (17” vs. 19”). The X1’s rear step up height is .7 inches lower than the CR-V Hybrid’s (17.3” vs. 18”).

Servicing Ease

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The X1 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the X1 and the CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 CR-V Hybrid’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 CR-V Hybrid LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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

The X1’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V Hybrid’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X1’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring.

The X1’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The CR-V Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The CR-V hasn’t been picked since 2017.

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