2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 BMW X1

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Safety

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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 Foward Collision Avoidance Assist optional in the Tucson as “Superior.” The X1 scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard 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/Ultimate’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/Ultimate’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 and daytime running lights.

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 and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X1 last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Warranty

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The X1 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 11 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tucson stops shorter than the X1:

Tucson

X1

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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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

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

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

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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”

Payload and Towing

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

The Tucson has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X1 (1138 vs. 924 lbs.).

The Tucson has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X1 (1146 vs. 926 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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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 “Good” by the IIHS, while the X1’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

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 Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate 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

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $250 to $1185 less than the X1 over a five-year period.

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 $459 less for a water pump, $490 less for a muffler, $96 less for front brake pads, $376 less for a starter, $246 less for fuel injection, $310 less for a fuel pump, $238 less for front struts, $1013 less for a timing belt/chain and $721 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $5682 to $11029 less than for the BMW X1.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the BMW X1 by almost 8 to one during 2019.

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