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2013 BMW X1

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2013 BMW X1 Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the X1

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.

2013 BMW X1 Details
2013 BMW X1 photo Interior

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
2013 BMW X1 photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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

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2013 BMW X1 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 46 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Fun and function!

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Smooth turbo, 8 speed auto imperceptible."

Cons: "Head lights disappointing - get Xeon."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Rides like my 1936 Sunbeam motorcycle; performs like my 1938 500cc BSA Goldstar! Like the split screen display and the multi gigabite music storage. The sport seats are very comfortable and adjustable to fit all sizes. Would have liked a powered rear hatch. Mileage could be better (20 around town) but my wife says that I have a lead foot!"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle, feel every bump though

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and nice looking"

Cons: "Feel every bump and gas mileage does t pan out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Nice looking vehicle. Handles well and has great pick up. Negatives are that you'll feel very bump in the road and gas mileage doss t come close to highway estimate even when you drive mostly highway. Nice vehicle but you'd probably be better off choosing the Acura RDX"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Loved it until it died at 18,000 miles

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: engine problems

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun sporty small SUV"

Cons: "Unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I loved the X1 one for what it was- a small SUV (SAV) with room for the kids, their stuff and it was fun to drive. I bought it as an Elite CPO with about 9,000 miles- it was the loaner car. I have a 2006 325 convertible and love BMW performance and style. On a business trip, after owning the X1 for 5 months and having a total of 18,477 miles on it, the computer software that controlled the engine went bad and caused damage to parts of the engine. I had just had it serviced 5 days before (routine oil change/filter). I left that X1 at the dealership and traded it for BMW SAV (not another X1 model). Love BMWs, not a fan of the X1 and I will not buy a new to market BMW model (I think that the X1 has been in the US for 2 years) again!"

X1 is quick and nimble, reliable

By on Saturday, February 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My X1 is a year old with 25K miles and still runs like new! Very quick and nimble on hwy but don't get the sports pkg if you want a softer ride! I'm 59 with back problems so it's a bit stiff for me but man can it run! Only tech problem is X1's bluetooth goes in and out with the iPhone 6 so I am trying to resolve that problem, otherwise an affordable and enjoyable BMW to drive!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

great commuter car.

By on Friday, January 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable drive"

Cons: "black paint around windows has poor finish"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this as a commuter car, and i love it. I have decked it out with electronic upgrades and cold weather package. I am very happy with the car and its performance. it is a comfortable ride, has good road presence, and is excellent in handling in snow/ice conditions. i love the cargo space, my full size dog rides comfortably."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Okay but not great

By on Thursday, January 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,379

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "good acceleration"

Cons: "leaks, engine knocks, poor quality materials"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The car is a smaller SUV, with adequate space for people and stuff. The navigation system is a bit confusing. The quality is really poor, the seats are not leather, the area where the spare tire goes rattles, the engine has a knock, the car is not sealed properly (so it will leak sometimes when it rains or when you go to the car wash), it is just not a very good car. I had a Mercedes Benz prior to this and expected the quality to be comparable, but it is not. The one good thing is that the car accelerates very well, it is definitely a turbo, and for those who like stick, there is a manual mode where you can shift the car. The promised four years of maintenance by BMW is a farce: it only includes certain maintenance items; further BMW has refused to address the engine problems or leaks. Don't buy this car!"

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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