BMW X1 vs Lexus NX

BMW X1 vs Lexus NX

Whether you want an SUV for solo rides or family trips around Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, NH, you deserve to have one with lots of style and power.

Two viable options are the 2021 BMW X1 and the 2021 Lexus NX. However, you may wonder which one is a better fit for your lifestyle.

Fortunately, the team at BMW of Stratham has created this BMW X1 vs. Lexus NX comparison. Discover what each SUV has to offer, then contact us to see your favorite up close.

BMW X1 vs Lexus NX: Performance Specs

The BMW X1 and the Lexus NX deliver composed and relaxing rides for your commutes around town. However, if you want an SUV that perfectly balances athleticism and comfort, the X1 may be more your speed.





2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo

2.0L Turbo


228 HP

235 HP


258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

6.6 seconds

7.2 seconds

Despite its extra horsepower, the Lexus NX falls short in terms of acceleration. Drivers looking for a faster giddyap time should turn to the X1.

In addition to this extra acceleration power, the X1 is quite the fuel-efficient SUV. With its EPA-estimated 24 city/33 highway MPG, you can really go the extra mile.*

On the flip side, the NX isn’t quite as efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG, meaning you may need to stop more frequently to refuel.

X1 vs NX: Passenger & Cargo Room

When it comes to interior space, the 2021 BMW X1 and the 2021 Lexus NX certainly deliver. After all, both SUVs can comfortably seat five, giving each person plenty of room to stretch out.




Headroom (front/rear)

41.9/39.4 inches

38.2/38.1 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.4/37 inches

42.8/36.1 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

55.6/55.2 inches

57.3/55.3 inches

No matter which SUV you choose, your passengers will have plenty of space to stretch out. However, taller passengers may appreciate the X1 interior dimensions more, especially in the back seats. Here, the extra headroom and legroom makes it easer to find that sweet spot, especially on long commutes.

You’ll also find more cargo room inside the BMW model. When the rear seats are upright, there’s 27.1 cubic feet of space. Utilize the 40/20/40 split-folding seats or fold down the second row completely to open up 58.37 cubic feet of cargo room.

Compare that to the Lexus model that has 17.7 cubic feet when the rear row is upright and 54.5 cubic feet of cargo room when those seats are folded down, and it’s clear the X1 offers more space.

With the X1, there’s extra room for your work commutes, errands, and other adventures.

BMW X1 vs NX: Interior Features

BMW X1 Interior SpaceBoth SUVs offer lots of impressive amenities to help keep everyone happy. Inside, you’ll find numerous creature comforts, such as available heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. So, if it’s especially chilly outside, you can quickly get cozy with just the touch of a button.

Additionally, both SUVs come equipped with optional sliding and reclining rear seats to help your back-row passengers find that just-right seating position to arrive at the destination comfortable and relaxed.

While there are similar amenities offered inside both luxury SUVs, it’s the BMW X1 that takes the lead thanks to optional features like:

  • Ambient Lighting
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Dakota leather upholstery

Because you’ll only find these extra features with the X1, you’re more likely to have a comfortable commute inside this SUV than inside the NX.

X1 vs Lexus NX: Technology

BMW X1 Interior TechnologyWith both the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX, there are plenty of technologies to help keep you connected and entertained. The X1, for example, comes standard with the BMW Navigation Business infotainment system. With this, you’ll have a mix of non-stop fun thanks to features like Apple CarPlay™.

Simply use the 8.8-inch touchscreen display to select the songs, podcasts, and other digital features you have saved on your phone. Need help getting to your destination? The X1 comes standard with navigation features like:

  • Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • BMW ConnectedDrive® Services

With BMW ConnectedDrive® Services, you can remotely lock and unlock your X1, among other features. You can also send directions directly to your SUV from your phone.

The Lexus NX offers some similar features, like Apple CarPlay™ and the Lexus Enform Remote, which lets you remotely access your SUV similar to BMW ConnectedDrive® Services. However, there are some differences between the technology of these two vehicles.

First, the touchscreen of the NX is smaller at just eight inches compared to the 8.8 inches of the X1. That means, you’ll have an easier time viewing the information on your touchscreen in the X1 than you will in the NX.

Second, while the X1 comes standard with navigation, this is an optional feature on the NX. So, if you don’t want to upgrade to a higher trim level to receive navigation, the BMW X1 is the way to go.

X1 vs NX: Advanced Safety Features

BMW X1 Safety FeaturesNon-stop entertainment features aren’t all the 2021 X1 and the NX have to offer, though. These SUVs come equipped with advanced safety features to help you and your passengers arrive as safely as possible. This is thanks to the cameras and sensors mounted around each UV.

When a potential hazard is detected, you’ll receive an alert. That way, you can make any necessary adjustments. Under certain circumstances, these features may provide automatic intervention in an attempt to avoid a collision.

A pre-collision and lane departure system comes standard on each model. That way, you’ll be alerted to any potential front collisions. Additionally, you’ll be alerted if the sensors detect you’re unintentionally drifting from your marked lane.

While both models feature these systems, the X1 offers additional features:

  • Speed Limit Info
  • Park Distance Control
  • Optional Head-up Display

The NX offers parking assistance, but—unlike with the X1—this feature is only offered with a vehicle upgrade. Speed Limit Info and the available Head-up Display aren’t available with the NX.

BMW X1 vs Lexus NX: Which Luxury SUV Is Right for You?

When it comes to space, technology, and performance, the 2021 BMW X1 comes out on top. So, now that you’ve read about this automobile, why not take it for a spin to see if it’s right for you?

To do so, simply schedule a test drive at BMW of Stratham. Pretty soon, you’ll be cruising the streets of Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, New Hampshire, in a dynamic and feature-rich luxury subcompact SUV!

* Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.