The 2013 BMW X1 is an all-new vehicle to the U.S. market, and its introduction here coincides with an update of the X1 in other countries. BMW's smallest SUV will feature fuel-saving technology such as Brake Energy Regeneration and, for 4-cylinder models, automatic start/stop engine management that automatically shuts off the engine at idle.
The 2014 X1 is BMW's smallest crossover SUV, slotting below the X3 in the luxury automaker's lineup. The X1 is also the least expensive of BMW's vehicles. With a starting price just shy of $31,000, the X1 is not substantially more than mainstream players in this segment such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, and comes in below slightly larger premium rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Acura RDX. Powered by the same turbocharged 4- or 6-cylinder engines as the larger X3, the X1 is a joy to drive. With quick acceleration, nimble handling, the choice or rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive and laudable fuel-efficiency to boot, the X1 packs a lot of fun and versatility into a tidy package.
By Jax on Thursday, March 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 950overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "iDrive Controller, Fuel economy, great engine"
Cons: "Navigation good but could be better."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I ordered mine from the factory to get the exact options/features I wanted. Took about 2 months but that included Christmas holiday. I have 2WD with turbo 4 (called the sDrive i28...confusing!) Fuel economy has been 28 city and 32 on my only highway trip so far. Acceleration is stunning for the gas mileage it gets. Some have criticized the auto start/stop but I don't find it disturbing. Yes, it is noticeable when it restarts, but hey...you just saved all that gas at long stop lights. Also, can push button to turn off the feature if in a drive-thru lane or similar stop and go situation. Very well designed interior. I chose Terra cotta leather with matte wood trim and it looks great! I agree that navigation system isn't up to the standard of the rest of the car, but it is still quite good in my opinion. The iDrive control system is awesome and worth the cost of the navigation system all by itself. It is easy to use, convenient and very intuitive. Controls phone, navigation, media (iPod/CD, etc), radio, vehicle settings and displays. Easier to control systems with BMW iDrive than with my wife's Mercedes GLK 350 controller but the Mercedes Nav display is a bit better. My X1 feels more responsive and nimble whereas her GLK feels more solid but sedate. For those who complain it's too small...not sure why you'd look at the X1 in the first place. That's the point of it. It is a high-performance, road hugger (for an SUV) but it isn't designed or suitable for a family of 5 with all their gear on a trip. Leg room good in rear unless front seats fully pushed back, then too tight for most adults. For me, it was the perfect combination of features, performance and utility (I carry kayaks and mountain bikes a lot). I highly recommend this car."
27 people out of 27 found this review helpful
By g3 on Monday, October 08, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Best BMW price for a mini SUV, fuel efficiency..."
Cons: "Small wheel for my taste (I'm big person)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I'm a young person with a moderate income, so this is a great opportunity to have my first small luxury SUV with a affordable price, and a excellent fuel efficiency. Driving experience and outside design looks like a small but true SUV, inside it's like a big sedan or wagon car, very similar to i300 sedan series (for me it's excellent because I always owned sedan cars) If you are a big person probably the wheel and front controls looks small for you. If you are going to chose a BMW i300 series, or Mercedes C250, or Audi A4, or Infinity GX... car, consider to check this new BMW X1, the prices are practicably the same. Other brands like: Audi, Mercedes, Acura, Lexus don't offer yet a small SUV like BMW X1. Probably I'm the first person in south Florida with a X1. (I wait one month for production and importation)"
23 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By Jay on Monday, February 04, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, handles great, ideal for small families"
Cons: "Less than advertised fuel mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am astonished at the unique value this car offers. Priced very reasonably, it gives the driving pleasure associated with a sedan. The design is great, handles awesome and works perfectly well for us, a family of 3. Only criticism I would have is that the fuel efficiency is lower than advertised. Even with highway driving and ECOPRO mode, I hardly get more than 25 - 26. But all in all, this car delivers ... Great value, quality and the BMW backing for a very very reasonable price."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful