Customers are drawn to smaller crossovers due to an attractive combination of fuel efficiency, relative affordability, and-if lucky-a considerable level of sportiness. And with the luxury-branded ones, there's the bonus of advanced tech, which would cost thousands of dollars to add on regular nameplates. Two such examples are the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX 300, which return for the 2020 model year with a few changes. The former has its exterior design refreshed and a large touchscreen made standard, and the latter has its features list slightly expanded. Although each vehicle is fine, there are a few reasons why you should go with the 2020 BMW X1 instead of the Lexus NX 300:

Better Handling Ability

At the base level, each vehicle has a two-wheel drivetrain, which means torque is sent to two of the four wheels. There's the option of getting an all-wheel-drive system, though, to optimize traction performance on slick surfaces. Despite these similarities, the 2020 Lexus NX 300 is not very exciting to drive. It is nowhere as agile as its rivals, which include the X1, and there's noticeable body roll at the tightest of corners. By contrast, the 2020 BMW X1 is fun to drive, with steering that is very responsive to input and an ability to conquer sharp corners with ease.

Better Fuel Economy

Both the 2020 BMW X1 and the 2020 Lexus NX 300 are powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engines. Thankfully, they deliver enough output for great acceleration ability without sacrificing fuel efficiency. However, due in no small part to the X1's superior handling with its rear-wheel-drive system, the BMW vehicle is more fuel-efficient. EPA estimates place the X1 at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. On the NX 300, you'd get 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That's 2 less mpg in city fuel economy and 5 less mpg in highway fuel economy than the BMW X1.

Faster Acceleration Ability

Acceleration ability is also proof that the powertrain configurations of the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX 300 are not created the same. If you go with the front-wheel-drive version of the X1 (sDrive28i), the car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The 0-to-60 mph of the xDrive28i-which is the X1's all-wheel-drive model-is even more impressive, at 6.3 seconds. Either variant is faster than the 2020 Lexus NX 300, which has a peak 0-to-60 mph time of 7 seconds.

Sportier Interior

If you are looking for something that makes you feel like you are in a NASCAR race, go for the BMW X1. The dashboard exudes a cockpit-like design, with dark gauges facing you and the front seats arranged in commanding upright positions. The Lexus NX 300 is more for those who treasure comfort over excitement. It is generally well-built with soft-touch materials used throughout. However, for a luxury marquee, some of the pieces could be of a higher level of quality. That type of questioning is absent when it comes to its BMW counterpart.

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