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2018 BMW X1 Towing Capacity

How much can a 2018 BMW X1 pull? Compare 2 trim levels.

What will it tow?

RV   Car   Boat   Typical trailers

2018 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, 3.20 axle ratio, 228 hp, 258 lb/ft - 3,700 lbs

sDrive28i 4dr Front-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) - 4720 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 - 3543 lb

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 - 1177 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 - 228 hp

It is the same for all trims.

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

Torque - 258 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 - 3.20

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 - front-wheel

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.

xDrive28i 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle

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 2018 BMW X1 maximum towing capacity?

When preparing family outings outside, you will need to be aware of the 2018 BMW X1 towing capacity, which is the most important attribute for such venture. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's greatest volume of weight that it will safely pull. These details can generally be found on a sticker label located within the driver's front door close to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the highest functional weight (which includes cargo and passengers) and should not be exceeded. Usually, the weight of a trailer being pulled is usually recommended to be 10-15 % of the GVWR.

Beneath, you are invited to see the data about the towing capacity of the 2018 BMW X1 with all trims and generations. Please note that the maximum towing weight may vary depending on the braking system of what is being pulled. In case a trailer possesses its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is unbraked capacity. When reviewing options for your trailer, you should remember that its weight and rating is taken from the trailer's manufacturer plus all the extra payload you are going to place into it should never exceed the 2018 BMW X1 towing capacity. Violating this crucial principle will have an effect on your capability to handle and stop just in time and can someday result in long term damage to your car or truck or even result in accidents on the streets.


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.