Compared: 2023 BMW X1 vs. 2023 BMW X2

When it comes to BMW's smallest SUVs, you can choose between the traditional X1 or the sleeker-looking X2.

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The BMW X1 and BMW X2 are a pair of similarly sized subcompact SUVs that offer a different twist on entry-level luxury. The X2 (based on the same platform as the previous edition of the X1) provides a more rakish look versus the new-for-2023 X1's roomier, more traditional take on small-but-practical SUV transportation.

Here's how these five-seat BMW SUVs compare in price, interior, and fuel economy.

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2023 BMW X2 Offers Lower Base Price Than X1

The BMW X1 has been completely redesigned for 2023 and starts above $40,000. The X1 xDrive28i is the lone trim level, and it includes all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard equipment.

The 2023 BMW X2 starts below $38,000, or $2,000 less than the X1. The base X2 sDrive28i comes in a front-wheel-drive configuration. The AWD X2 xDrive28i matches its X1 sibling's roughly $40,000 starting price.

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X1 Is More Cavernous Inside Than X2

The redesigned-for-2023 BMW X1 features larger proportions than the model it replaces. The X1's increased size and its upright shape yield a decent 57.2 cubic-feet of storage behind the front row.

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The BMW X2 adopts a different approach. Its sloped rear roof is more reminiscent of a hot hatch than a traditional SUV. Compared with the X1, folks riding inside the X2 have 2.3 inches less headroom, and the maximum cargo capacity is 50.1 cu-ft.

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X1 Is More Fuel-Efficient Than X2

The 2023 BMW X1 features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). EPA-estimated fuel economy sits at 25/34/28 mpg in city/highway/combined driving.

The 2023 BMW X2 is also only offered with a single engine — the same turbo-four but with a more modest 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Instead of a seven-speed DCT, the X2 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy checks in at 24/32/27 mpg for the sDrive28i. Upgrade to the AWD xDrive28i, and highway fuel economy falls 1 mpg, but the city and combined scores stay the same.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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