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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7
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 Newt on Saturday, March 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great in the snow, powerful acceleration"
Cons: "Rough ride, road noise, backseat comfort"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Yeap. It's not an SUV or, as my teenage daughter likes to refer to it as, a station wagon. One of my young bloods at work asked me if it came with wood panels. Many wondered why I got rid of my 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7L Hemi for this odd looking pocket rocket of a car. To put it bluntly the production and manufacturing design engineers at Jeep should spend a mandatory one-year overseas internship with any of the European auto makers to learn what it means to engineer and manufacture a vehicle where at least the seams of the vehicle all follow the same symmetry and width. The Jeep had too many seam variations and nothing lined-up nicely. There's something very intriguing about the 35i twin-turbo six that can't be explained unless you've been there. I've owned several cars in my life and can say without hesitation this engine is one of the most powerful stock engines I've had the pleasure pushing the pedal on. Now, the X1 itself is mildly comfortable at best. Despite full leather heated seats and steering wheel, the front driver's seat is not the most plush thing you'll ever sit in...especially if you're a person like me pushing the 50 mark and are in-need of something more comfy than a thin piece of padding. Slightly worse are the rear seats that are really not worth bothering with in my humble opinion. The back seats are best suited for holding ski gear and groceries. I originally bought this vehicle because come this fall it'll just be my wife and I. Both of your kids will be in college and only come home on their breaks; however, we've come to realize even on their short breaks we can not all fit into this car comfortably. Fine for short rides around town, but we're all really dreading the two trips across country this summer for two weddings. On a final note, this car is chocked full of odd cheap rubbing and cracking plastic sounds that I've not been able to isolate. Worse yet, there's an internal air leak/whisping sound in the upper left-hand corner of the driver-side window that dealership can not isolate. I've owned several BMWs and can say with certainty this one is the cheapest made one yet. The brakes are solid, the ride is harsh on any surface less than premium blacktop, and does relatively well on the MPGs (hard to keep in the low 20s because of the temptation to routinely place your foot into the floorboard so you can hear the screaming twins!!). Great daily, sure-footed commuter car for the often odd Colorado fall, winter, and spring driving conditions (snow, sleet, rain, ice, and slush). Looking forward to getting some time in this vehicle, then getting rid of it for my dream car...CPO'ed low mileage 2013 Audi A6 Prestige Quattro Sedan."
By doug91915 on Friday, March 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had Fords all my life, from a simple Escort GT in the 80's to a top of the line F-150 King Ranch. I was ready for a change. On line I looked up cars similar to what I was currently driving, a 2013 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD. Although the Escape was a very nice car, it was not without it's set of challenges. When you add up all the minor annoyances and researched the vehicle in more depth, I realized I purchased an inferior product as compared to the BMW X1. I found the BMW X1 by chance. I didn't know they made an X1 and was I surprised to find out how all the hype over BMWs over the years definitely lived up to the aforementioned reputation. This is an exceptional crossover vehicle. The level of options for all price ranges was unbeatable and I never felt like I settled for anything whatsoever. I got a loaded version in the sDrive and couldn't be happier. It is zippy, fun to drive and very classy. I am so pleased I look into this vehicle and purchased one as a treat for my "mile-stone" birthday. Thank you BMW Doug"
By jalepeno on Thursday, January 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,700overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive"
Cons: "fuel economy nowhere near stated"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I love driving this car. It's very responsive- accelerates sharply and turns on a dime. The X1 feels safe and it's comfortable. I wish it was available with a manual transmission. I am 6'4" and have plenty of room to drive or sit in the front passenger seat. Not true for the back seat. The cup holder for front seat passenger is intrusive to the passenger's space. However, our X1 is only averaging 23 MPG. Our driving is mostly highway and my wife, the primary driver, is a cautious driver. She doesn't push the car. The BMW dealer seems unconcerned with the mileage. We have brought it back numerous times, and have been told, "You know this is a high performance car, don't you?" We traded in a Lexus RX 350 for this car. The Lexus was an unresponsive log truck of an SUV- cushy comfortable and safe, but not fun to drive. It got 23 MPG. We traded the space of the Lexus for supposed increased fuel economy of the BMW. The BMW hasn't delivered and we'll will be looking elsewhere at the end of the lease."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jim on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Handling, Fast, Good gas mileage, overall design."
Cons: "Price of options."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased 2012 Mini Countryman S “fun to drive, but not what you expect from a BMW product” traded it in for the 2013 BMW X-1 s28/Prem Pkg./Tech Pkg./Nav and Assist. My wife and I Love the X-1, rides like an SUV but drives/handles like my 325I and fast for a four cylinder. Small enough for a grocery getter but big enough to accommodate 4 adults and 1 child with no issues. Use the start stop tech and can get 26-27 miles in the city, 32-34 HWY. Great quality and performance, beats the mini hands down. 16000 miles and no issues."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By EAEromo on Thursday, November 21, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Personal Preference
Pros: "Lively engine; bold styling; versatile."
Cons: "Somewhat spartan interior."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"For what it's worth, this car is one to consider for first time car shoppers. Bold styling that fills my eyes every time. Just as reference, I drove a 2003 Kia Spectra before this. It almost shares the same proportions. The interior is very well thought out in my opinion. Very conscious design. However, there are hard plastics in your arms distance. Not ultra luxurious but a comfortable place. The engine is one to give praise. 4 cylinder and turbocharged. Power does come on in a rubberband type effect. Once again, I was once in a Kia so power delivery was all new to me. This is a great choice for someone who might live in a rural area because of its crossover capabilities but versatile functions. I would look elsewhere if you live in a urban area."
By Brownbear on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to Drive , good handling and comfortable"
Cons: "iDrive is a needlessly complicated"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was looking for a sports sedan. Picked the X1 because it had the feel of a BMW sports sedan with the added feature of extra room. It was a demo so got a great deal. The handling is what you would expect from a BMW sports sedan. The 4 cylinder turbo delivers good accelation and good gas mileage if you drive it easy. Got 33 mpg on highway on a long trip. Getting 23-26 mpg in everday driving. Took a little while to master all the electronic features on the iDrive. They are nice to have, but glad the car was discounted enough so I didn't feel like I paid that much extra for them. Could live without most and still enjoy the vehicle just as much. Great vehicle for my wife and I to cruise around the country in. We are planning several driving vacations in the coming year."