2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 BMW X1

2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 BMW X1
2021 MAZDA CX-5 2021 BMW X1
Starting MSRP *
  $25,270 $35,400
Horsepower **
  187 hp - 250 hp 228 hp
Infotainment Display
  10.25-in. touch screen 8.8-in. touch screen
Smartphone Compatibility
  Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Apple CarPlay Only; Android Auto not available
Rear Leg Room
  39.6 in. 37.0 in.

2021 MAZDA CX-5 vs 2021 BMW X1

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Comparing compact SUVs such as the mainstream, yet premium Mazda CX-5 and the BMW X1 might seem odd, but many car shoppers are comparing these two vehicles with good reason. Both cof these SUVs have cemented their positions at the summit of their respective vehicle classes and are known for offering attractive styling and exciting handling.


The standard engine for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower. Meanwhile, the 2021 BMW X1 comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. However, that is the only engine available for the BMW X1. On three of the higher Mazda CX-5 trim levels, which are the Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature, this Mazda SUV comes standard with a 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine produces 227 horsepower when using 87 octane fuel and 250 horsepower when using 93 octane fuel. Ultimately, the Mazda CX-5 offers stronger performance than the BMW X1, and it does so at a lower price point too.


Both the BMW X1 and Mazda CX-5 offer seating for five adults. However, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers 2.6 inches of additional rear leg room when compared to the BMW X1. The Mazda CX-5 also offers 3.8 more cubic feet of rear cargo space than the BMW X1 with all seats in place. Standard upholstery for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Sport is black cloth. When you upgrade to the Touring trim, the upholstery changes to a leatherette, and every trim above that receives real leather. The top-of-the-line Signature trim upgrades the upholstery to Caturra Brown Nappa Leather. Meanwhile, the 2021 BMW X1 comes standard with leatherette, and real leather upholstery is only available by adding on expensive packages, which drive up the price of the vehicle.


The BMW X1 and Mazda CX-5 provide their drivers with plenty of technology to play with. Both cars come equipped with modern technology such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, the Mazda CX-5 comes equipped with a bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen, while the X1 is equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Additionally, the Mazda CX-5 offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the BMW X1 only offers Apple CarPlay.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 blends sporty performance with an upscale feel and advanced technology. All of this together enables it to not only compete with but also best the BMW X1. Schedule a Mazda CX-5 test drive today, and experience excellent customer service when you visit Schwartz Mazda.

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* MSRP excludes taxes, title, license fees and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.
** 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93 octane fuel. 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane fuel. From 2.5-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which comes standard on the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature.