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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 Jimmy B on Saturday, February 07, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
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!"
11 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By kristi on Friday, January 09, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
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."
11 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By Marie on Thursday, January 01, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,379overall rating 4 of 10rating details
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!"
10 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Black Dog on Thursday, December 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive"
Cons: "Small trunk"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I have a 2015 X1 with a 6-cylinder engine, which replaced my 2011 135 coupe. The X1 is a very capable car; fun to drive, but with a lot more weight to push than the 135. The rear seating compartment is adequate, but tight. My real issue with the car is the lack of trunk space for suitcases, groceries, etc. It's quite a nice car, and with the 6-cylinder engine has a lot of pep, but if room is a consideration I'd look towards the X3 or X4. As far as maintenance, no issues through 9000 miles, after driving through Germany and the USA. Nice car, small storage...."
9 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By BMW Owner on Thursday, November 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast and Great MPG, Awesome fun to drive"
Cons: "Options are pricy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The X1 is a great fit for my family. The size just works for my 2nd wife and I with either the 2 80 pound dogs or the 2 kids I share with ex-wife. With the kids and the dogs we fit, but we would need to put luggage in a roof carrier. Ride is excellent, no floating around, feels very secure and yes, you feel a few bumps because it is always so well planted. The handling is better, very balanced, instills confidence to push a little harder. Engine/Transmission combo is a dream. 0-60 is quick, big smile on face. Have to scan the area for cops before putting the gas pedal to the floor because you are going to be speeding in the matter of a second or two. Gets over 32 MPG's at 75 MPH on highway trips. Did I mention that it is fast too? Spend the money on the Premium Package and Cold Weather Package. The lumbar support with heated seats are awesome. Heated steering wheel is also really cool in the cold winters."
12 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By KK13 on Monday, November 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power, torque, driving, mpg, comfort, price"
Cons: "Some interior made of polymer composites"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Recently bought a 2014 BMW X1 xdrive 28i loaner with 10K miles on it. Came fully loaded with ultimate + cold weather + lighting packages +panoramic sunroof, Harmon Kardon sound, Pedal shifters and BMW apps for $33.5K (what was $44.5 brand new) - there, we saved $11K. After driving for about three months and putting 1500 miles on it, I think the X1 is the best compromise of power, gas mileage, space, speed and comforts, taken together. The drive is beautiful and smooth. My wife and I are extremely happy with the purchase. Prior to buying X1, we test drove Q3, Q5, X3, Forester (cabin noise above 70mph), Outback, GLK 250, RDX, Lexus, Volvo V60, CX-5 (poor rear view angles and cabin noise) - none of them came closer to X1 in terms of driving dynamics, power/torque, space inside, low cabin noise at high speed, interior etc., all taken together. The closest match for comparison to X1 xdrive 28i would be Audi Q3 (Prestige) or Benz GLA series. Comparison between Audi Q3 (left) and BMW X1 xdrive 28i (right) as follows: (a) 200hp & 206lb.ft vs. 240hp & 260lb.ft; (b) 20/28 mpg vs. 23/33 mpg; (c) 6.6" vs. 7.0" ground clearance; (d) $43,000 vs. $41,000 (similar specs) (e) 1yr/5000mi vs. 4yr/50,000 miles coverage; (f) 0-60 in 8.2s vs. 6.2s; (g) Cargo space: 19.2cu.ft./ 48cu.ft (seats folded) vs. 26cu.ft/ 56cu.ft (seats folded). As you can see, it's not that hard to make the choice. We were initially against any BMW , because we are inclined towards Audi. But the X1 completely changed our notion after test driving it. Yes, BMW could have added few interior parts with better quality materials, but overall, this is a fantastic car. Don't be fooled by its looks. I really loved the Q5 TDI but the price even for used cars are $50K for premium plus trim."
17 people out of 21 found this review helpful