Luxury Vehicles

Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

Almost all of the world’s automobile manufacturers now make SUVs. Today’s car shopper has access to a broad variety of these sturdy, sporty daily drivers, from highly affordable versions sold by the American, Japanese and Korean car companies to the high-end super cruisers built by luxury marques like Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley — to be joined, soon, by Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.

Somewhere in between those two extreme ends of the spectrum sits the BMW X1, a solid, square midrange SUV that offers a pleasing combination of modern styling and old-school mechanics.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing, it’s more of a sports car than an SUV, which is to say...