2020 Lexus UX vs. BMW X1

The market has plenty of choices when it comes to large SUVs, but brands like Lexus and BMW have moved to new territory with small luxury SUVs. The 2020 Lexus UX and the 2020 BMW X1 both fit big-car luxury into compact packages. Let's see how they compare.

Luxury & Convenience


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  • Interior: Both cars offer versatile seating that enables you to make the most of your passenger room and cargo-carrying capacity. Inside the efficient cabin of the BMW X1, you'll find simulated leather upholstery with 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. The stylish and contemporary cockpit of the Lexus UX 200 is driver-focused. It features luxurious and supportive NuLuxe faux leather seating with 60/40 split rear seats giving you access to the generous cargo area. With standard additional compartments, you can fit in everything that your family needs.
  • Ride Comfort: The BMW X1 has standard sport suspension that enhances performance, but it is very firm and tends to create higher noise levels. Road imperfections are not absorbed well, and road and tire noise can seem prominent. With its optimized suspension, the Lexus UX smooths out the bumps and offers you a refined ride whether you're heading out on a road trip or zipping around the city. It also boasts a class-leading turning radius of just 17.1-feet, making city maneuvering simple.

Fuel Economy

  • The BMW X1 is focused more on performance, but the slight gain in speed and acceleration comes at the expense of fuel economy. The X1 will return up to 27 miles per gallon for combined city and highway driving, while the Lexus UX will give you up to 33 mpg combined. Opting for one of the highly efficient hybrid models will get you up to 39 mpg combined - the best in its class.

Safety & Security

  • Driver Assistance Features: As you might expect, cars like the Lexus UX and BMW X1 offer a variety of standard driver assistance features. The X1 has lane departure alert, daytime pedestrian detection, frontal collision alert with city collision mitigation, automatic high beams, and speed limit information. The UX features the Lexus Safety System which tops the BMW's equipment with all-speed dynamic radar control, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist, and Road Sign Assist. Smart Stop Technology helps prevent accidents by reducing engine power in the event of the accelerator and brake being pressed at the same time. Standard on luxury trims and optional on others are a blind spot monitor and rain-sensing wipers.


  • For the BMW X1 sDrive28i, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $35,200. Of the six Lexus UX models, three come in below that figure, with the MSRP of the UX 200 starting at $32,150.

The 2020 Lexus UX and the 2020 BMW X1 are both excellent compact SUVs, but the unique exterior styling and the refined interior of the Lexus set it apart from the competition. Schedule a test drive at Lexus of Atlanta to see for yourself what a great choice the Lexus UX is.