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2016 BMW X1 Towing Capacity

How much can a 2016 BMW X1 pull? Compare 1 trim levels.

What will it tow?

RV   Car   Boat   Typical trailers

2016 BMW X1 Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • 2.0L I-4, 3.15 axle ratio, 240 hp, 260 lb/ft - 3,700 lbs

xDrive28i 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle

Maximum Towing Capacity - 3700 lb

It is the same for all trims.

The maximum weight that BMW X1 is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 4696 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is the maximum amount of weight BMW X1 is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 3649 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is how much BMW X1 weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 1047 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 240 hp

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 260 Lb-Ft

It is the same for all trims.

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 3.15

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - all wheel

It is the same for all trims.

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - 8-spd w/OD

It is the same for all trims.

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - intercooled turbo

It is the same for all trims.

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 105.1

It is the same for all trims.

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your BMW X1.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your BMW X1.

Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2016 BMW X1 maximum towing capacity?

When going for exciting trips in the open air, you need to keep in mind the 2016 BMW X1 towing capacity, which is the crucial characteristic for such venture. The towing capacity is a the vehicle's maximum amount of weight that it could safely pull. This info can typically be seen on a sticker label located within the driver's front door close to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) will be the highest functional weight (including freight and passengers) and must not be violated. As a rule, the weight of the trailer being towed is advised to be 10-15 per cent of the GVWR.

In this section, we offer the information on the towing capacity of the 2016 BMW X1 with all trims and generations. You should be aware that the maximum towing weight may vary according to the braking system of what is being towed. If your trailer is equipped with its own brakes then its "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is called unbraked capacity. When purchasing your RV, you have to keep in mind that its weight and score is coming from the trailer's manufacturer plus all the added payload you are going to put into it must never go over the 2016 BMW X1 towing capacity. Violating this significant guideline will affect your capability to control and make a full stop just in time and will eventually cause permanent damage to your car or even lead to accidents on the roads.


Drivers must not exceed the BMW X1 towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.