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The 2013 BMW X1 is almost ready to make its American debut. The 5-passenger SUV will slot in under the X3 when it goes on sale in this fall. The BMW X1 has been a popular SUV in global markets, and furthers the trend of downsizing premium vehicles. The 2013 X1 will be available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and will offer the choice of a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine. Like the other X models in BMW's lineup, the new X1 is meant to be a versatile, quick and plush vehicle that is comfortable on a variety of road surfaces.
If you want a small SUV with luxury amenities and European badge appeal, the BMW X1 may just be your ticket. The 2013 X1 also promises better fuel economy and spunkier performance than larger SUVs.
Need room for more than five passengers or just something more child-seat friendly with room for extras? The X1 might be a little too compact. Also keep in mind that the X1's price can easily balloon by several thousand dollars with a few options.
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.
Driving Impressions BMW's tagline – "The Ultimate Driving Machine" - is no joke and despite the fact that it's an SUV, the X1 is no exception. The little crossover effectively blurs the...line between being a comfortable low-speed cruiser and a high-speed corner carver as it's plush enough for the daily drive, but can handle any turn with graceful agility. The X1's smaller size and lighter weight make it feel exceptionally more agile than its X3 bigger brother and athletic prowess makes for a far more exciting drive as compared to the Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
While a powerful 6-cylinder is available, we look favorably on the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder because its potent enough to move this crossover to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds while returning stellar fuel economy numbers (34 mpg highway).
Harman Kardon Surround Sound System
With 11 speakers and a 340-watt amplifier, the Harmon Kardon sound system delivers sharp, clear sound to satisfy anyone - from the avid news radio listener to the picky audiophiles.
The X1 is available with all the accoutrements you'd expect in a BMW luxury vehicle. Among the options are high-quality leather upholstery, navigation, a hi-fi sound system, and panoramic glass roof. One particularly interesting feature is an app that lets iPhone owners use Internet-based services such as streaming audio or access to Facebook and Twitter feeds. Though considered a subcompact, BMW says the X1 offers 47.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the second-row 40/20/40 seats folded. That's enough to hold two 46-inch golf bags, the German automaker says. With seats up, there is 12.7 cubic feet of storage, comparable to the trunk of a car.Exterior
Not surprisingly, the 2013 X1 SUV's exterior looks familiar to anyone who has seen its slightly bigger brother, the X3. Up front is BMW's signature kidney grille, while a high beltline wraps the sides. The rear of the vehicle is distinguished by a horizontal pane of glass above the rest of the hatch's metal, and a thick bumper and prominent undertray below.
2013 BMW X1 models, including the base sDrive28i, features an 8-speed automatic transmission, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, split/fold-down rear seats, automatic climate control, HD Radio and rain-sensing wipers. Higher-trim xDrive35i models come with a panoramic glass roof, power front seats and xenon headlights.
X1 models can be further outfitted with a harman/kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio, distance control with a rearview camera to aid with parking, and a collision-warning system. The M Sport package offers a sport suspension, sport seats and wood or aluminum interior trim.
The 2013 BMW X1 offers a choice of two gasoline engines. The base engine is a turbocharged 4-cylinder that is good for 240 horsepower and is linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine propels rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i models from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.2 seconds, while xDrive28i all-wheel-drive versions with that engine do it in 6.3 seconds, BMW says. In addition to making the X1 quick, the engine helps rear-wheel-drive models attain up to 34 mpg on the highway.
The second engine option is a stronger, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder good for 300 horsepower. That engine uses a 6-speed automatic transmission and powers all-wheel-drive xDrive35i models. BMW says that potent version of the X1 goes 0-60 mph in a scant 5.3 seconds.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 22/33 mpg (all-wheel drive)
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg
The 2013 BMW X1 is available with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts around $31,500, while the all-wheel-drive trim starts at about $33,000. Stepping up to the 6-cylinder xDrive35i trim level costs around $39,000, while adding a bevy of options can put that price to well over $40,000. In comparison, the Acura RDX starts at around $35,000 and tops out around $40,000 and the Lexus RX starts at $40,000. As for residuals, we expect the BMW X1 to retain its value on par with that of the Lexus RX and better than the Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
By Henry (CA) on Monday, June 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "performance, mpg, just the right size, Value"
Cons: "cup holders, RFTs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have the sdrive M Sport Line fully loaded for about 3 months and loving it so far. Pros: The x1 1) handles great(so close to the 3 Series sedan), 2)looks really nice (with the M Sport Line it just looks like a mini x5 M), 3) gets great gas mileage (I average 28.6 mpg - 40% city/60% highway), and 4) is the perfect size for me and my family (we are all no teller than 6' so plenty of room even sit 3 in the back and it fits most of the parking space in the city) 5) Value (Mine comes around $45k MSRP so it's seriously not cheap; but well worth it though) Cons: 1) Cup holders (let's just skip that. We all know BMW don't really care about cup holders, do we?) 2) Run Flat Tires (When will BMW get rid of those heavy, noisy, and expensive RFTs) Test drove the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and Merc GLK but nothing came close to the x1 in term of performance and driving dynamics. The x1 drives more like a Sedan than SUV. For SUV shoppers, if you want more Sport than Utility, I can tell you no other SUVs can do better than the x1."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By mark (MD) on Monday, June 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good price, fun to drive, quick, handling"
Cons: "MPG, start/stop feature, Nav system graphics"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Love my BMW but there are some flaws. 1st the MPG has not been close to advertised. I often find myself filling up at the gas pumps. 2nd the graphics on the navigation system are very outdated and hard to follow. Buy one without the nav and just get a portable one. 3rd thank goodness I can turn the stop/start feature off. The start-ups seem very harsh and violent in this car. I owned a Prius and the start/stop feature there was seamless. The I-drive is a little confusing but i'm sure I will master that over time as I have only had it about 2 months now. I can say nothing but good things about the vehicle except for the above mentioned things. This thing can move, acceleration is great, handling is great, VERY VERY fun to drive and the transmission shifts like a charm. The interior seems to be made of quality materials and is very comfy. Overall I like this vehicle. I am a bells and whistles type of guy but I actually think this is a vehicle thats much better without all the extras. Great entry level BMW."
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By Valencia Orange (SC) on Saturday, June 01, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable, great mpg's, very fun to drive :)"
Cons: "Have not been able to get the 34 mpg mark :("
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"So far this little SUV has been really good. My gas mileage is usually 29.7 or 30.5 mpg 90% interstate but i still have not been able to get the 34 mpg mark and i found that the Eco pro mode does not really do much. But overall I'm pleased with the mpg's. I have not had any reliability issues with the car. So far it has been great. There was 2 little issues with a rattle over the gauge cluster but very minor and it has been taken care of. The brakes are really good but had heard a screech sound once or twice. Had dealer clean brakes around 10,000 miles and problem solved. But that is known to happen sometimes with BMW brakes because they are big and create a lot of dirt and grit so the cleaning was the trick. Acceleration is absolutely fantastic. Before you know it your doing 70mph. The Sport mode makes it even better. Don't use it to often though cause it really effects the mpg's. Over all i really do love my car. Its a blast to drive, good mpg's and very comfortable on long road trips. I bought this car back on October 1st 2012 with 6 miles and it currently has 11,100 miles and I'm loving every bit of it. I would highly recommend this car to any one looking for a compact SUV."
By Sarah (CA) on Monday, May 27, 2013
I own this caroverall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sporty, good handling"
Cons: "Small trunk, less than promised mpg."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"We really like our 2013 X1. Handles great, sporty, fast -- way more maneuverable than our previous X3. Haven't tried it in the snow yet, but so far the handling is great. I do wish it came in a manual transmission. Size is a little bit small - -the back is really no bigger than a small sedan trunk, plus I'm used to an X3, so it does feel small to me. Parts of the dashboard are hard plastic rather than soft foam like in the X3, so you can see where BMW cut corners here and there. Also I am not used to the high seat position -- feels awkward to me. Overall we really like it but I am writing to BMW about the gas mileage -- even with premium gas I have never gotten above 21 mpg -- nowhere near the "estimated" 23-34mpg on the sticker. Since this was the main reason we traded in our X3 for an X1, I'm feeling a little deceived. I took the car in for service and they didn't find anything wrong with it - I am very disappointed about the fuel economy. For this reason only, we will be trading it in at the end of our lease instead of keeping it as we sometimes do. Other than that, great car."
By JN (CA) on Monday, March 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nimble, Great Handling, Powerful and economical"
Cons: "My only wish is 2 more inches wider and longer."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This BMW X1 Crossover is the closest thing as far as handling to a German Sedan. Even though designed to drive as a 328I Sedan, it's not the same but it's as close as you can get for a Crossover. Test drove many crossovers from the new GLK 350, Infinity EX, Audi AllRoad and none of them come close to the BMW X1 as far as handling. Also, Power during take off is faster than most. We bought one with the Ultimate Package and this is the only car with Rear Camera and FRONT & REAR sensor. The Audi Camera only has rear sensor and the GLK camera has no sensor at all. Great gas mileage, excellent stock sound system. If you don't want a marshmallow ride, this is the car for you. This car is very fast for a four cylinder and compared to the audi 2.0 liter turbo (Also had a Q5 before)."
15 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Jax (FL) 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."
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