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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
By ViaDrive on Thursday, July 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "It's a BMW and the handling is fun"
Cons: "Not peppy, poor reliability and comfort"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Poor gas mileage 21MPG...My SRX got better gas mileage. Fuel efficient on/off technology is annoying. When you park, it turns off everything but the radio and you have to turn it on then off again. Brakes had to be replaced less than 1000 miles. iDrive had to be replaced at 4000 miles and was not covered under warranty due to moisture. Ridiculous design when iDrive is situated on the console between 2 cup holders. Interior is cheap compared to other $44K SUVs. Inside is small for an SUV in this class when you consider the poor gas mileage. There are bigger luxury SUV's with nicer interiors and same or better gas mileage with better reliability like the Lexus and Cadillac for the money. All you're buying is the BMW name."
7 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By James on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fuel efficient fun and easy to drive"
Cons: "Can be small for some families"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this car in June of 2013 as a brand new 2014 model. My X1 was replacing my 2008 Buick Enclave. The X1 is much smaller than my previous Buick, but that's what we were looking for. Some people underestimate the power of a 4-Cylinder BMW has perfected this engine and it has beyond plenty of power with a top speed of 155 MPH. Great family car can fit 4 large pieces of luggage 28-34 MPG stylish, luxurious, and extremely comfortable traditional BMW. The first week i purchased it I put 4,000 miles on it and loved it every step of the way! In March I had a sensor to go out and caused my engine to run on half power but this happened in my driveway. BMW towed it in and fixed it and returned it to me 2 days later. As anyone knows sensors can go bad on any new modern vehicle. My only complaint is the hatchback when you are getting things (groceries, luggage, etc.) out of the trunk there is no protection for the paint on the bumper so if anything is dropped here it is scratched especially since my car is black. A year later I have 22,000 miles on my BMW and I have no other complaints it has been and will be a great vehicle."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By ahug215 on Monday, July 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to Drive , Great Fuel Economy, X-drive"
Cons: "Add-on Cup holders, No power liftgate"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've recently purchase a leftover 2013 BMW X1 28i model and have driven just over 500 miles. I loving this SAV every moment. Making the transition from a 2010 nissan altima to this BMW entry level SAV consist of a lot research with pro and cons. First, hats off to the BMW engineers for designing a 4 cylinder engine with so much power (go Turbo) at a low range of the RPM band, this is one of the reasons I purchase this car. In addition to the X-drive and the fuel saving with the ECO-Pro. Which, so far, I get about 26-27 mpg in city driving and 30 -33 mpg highway. The interior is classic BMW, it's a spartan design. If you don't like a spartan design, do not purchase this crossover. Speaking of crossover, BMW is one of the first manufacturer's in this segment. So, of course, during my research many automotive reviewers compare this car to Range Rover Evoque. I disagree, the SAV competitors are Infiniti EX-50 or the Audi Allroad. The design intent for these competitors are the same, small package, light offroad capabilities (i.e. dirt, snow) and increase cargo area. The BMW x1 interior is great, especially with the panoramic moonroof. This is give the SAV a very open feel. The seats are firm , but comfortable. The automatic shifter takes a little time to get use too, but after a couple trips around block it becomes second nature. The 40/20/40 rear seats give you alot of flexibility, but with a small car, the legroom is compromised. It's not as bad as you may think. The Infiniti ex-50 rear legroom is almost non-existent. The X1 is comparable to the Audi allroad, with a slight advantage to the allroad due to the overall length. I've X1 without the idrive, which I am glad I did , because with the USB connector near the shifter, I can plug-in my iphone 5 and perform a number of tasks - play and control my music, plus run the navigation app (Maps or Google maps) and get turn by turn directions, while listening to my music. You'll save yourself $2,500 but you will not get the rear view camera. BTW - the 8 speakers, 180 watts sound system sounds great. Dare I say better than a nissan altima bose system ..hmmm! The add-on cupholder is really tacky. How could the BMW engineers executed and build a well-designed engine, but couldn't design a place for the second cupholder - come'on guys! At this price range - that was seriously discouraging. There are a few minor dislikes (i.e. no power liftgate, radio controls -multiple steps, run-flat tires - expensive ) but after assessing the pro and cons, I had to review the whole package. The 4 years/50,000 free maintenance, BMW assist, warranty and other perks made this a compelling purchase into a luxury brand. Transiting from a mid-size to a compact SAV was not a easy decision, but a long day -this commuter has a smile on this face when he hit the gas pedal."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Denny on Saturday, April 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "BMW power & handling but yet great on gas"
Cons: "Could use more storage and room in hatch"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This small SUV has plenty of pep and 260 ft lb of torque at a low 1250 rpm. The 8 speed auto is quick and responsive. Handles like a sports car. Getting avg 26 mpg in mostly city driving."
7 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By CMV on Monday, April 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "decent styling"
Cons: "engine, transmission, mileage, value for price"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"...traded in STI about a little over a year ago, and have regretted it ever since. It doesn't do anything particularly well and the one thing that I acquired it for (mileage) it is an epic failure (about 21.5 mpg in normal driving conditions). It's decently styled with the M-package, and the interior is well appointed but not for the premium paid. The engine is about 100 hp down from the weight of the car. The transmission always feels like it's one or two gears off. The stop/start is obnoxious and loud. And the engine sound on start up is like an old diesel without the torque or the mileage. It's a functional car about $20K too much for what you get. It is certainly less than an "ultimate driving machine"."
11 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By cwbysfan1 on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good fuel economy, superb craftsmanship, Powerful"
Cons: "Passenger cup holder location, stereo interface"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Very fun car to drive and very functional. I have had it for over a year now and I am extremely satisfied. Between highway and city driving I am getting 26-27 mpg, and I don't always take it easy. The car is very fast with the twin turbo four cylinder engine. We ski, so the fold down center back seat comes in real handy when carrying skis. Overall a great car."
3 people out of 7 found this review helpful