Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 BMW X1 Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 BMW X1

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda CR-V 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the CR-V as “Superior.” The X1 scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X1 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X1. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X1 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the X1:







4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy




Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

23 city/32 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy




Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

22 city/31 hwy


The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X1 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops much shorter than the X1:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

180 feet

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60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

122 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the X1 (235/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X1.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.2 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X1.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X1 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X1 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i (69 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X1 (105.9 vs. 101.2).

The CR-V has .9 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 27.1 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 58.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 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 CR-V 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 CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the X1’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The X1 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $332 to $1065 less than the X1 over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the X1 only retains 45.09% to 45.24%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the X1 because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the X1, including $494 less for a water pump, $344 less for an alternator, $95 less for front brake pads, $274 less for fuel injection, $240 less for a fuel pump, $115 less for front struts, $781 less for a timing belt/chain and $353 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $5397 to $10377 less than for the BMW X1.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Honda CR-V outsold the BMW X1 by over 12 to one during the 2017 model year.

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