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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 53 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Low value proposition - Road & Track

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Peppy, looks great, BMW chasis a blast to drive"

Cons: "Cramped, more wagon than SUV"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Great BMW experience. No issues in two and a half years of ownership. Love the looks and driving dynamics. Electronic steering and shifter took some time to get used to. As did the start/stop option. I swear the Eco-Pro works great on long trips. Road & Track magazine called it a "low value proposition." Understandably so, since it is tiny inside. It is after all an entry level BMW, but the wife loves it and that's all that matters. Still have mixed feelings vs. the redesigned for 2016."

Entry Level BMW

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "low for BMW price, fun to drive, lots of options"

Cons: "Options needed to make it a "BMW," cramped cabin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Fun to drive and for 3 years a no cost to own vehicle (except for depreciation). Shows its entry level status with only OK interior plastics (with your fingers touching many rough edges - unlike wife's VW Rabbit). More like a raised station wagon than a true SUV -- a plus for me but resulting in very limited cargo space and no more than adequate passenger space. Very limited in-cabin storage. Bought it on price (but optioned up to just over $43,000) and fun to drive. Happy with both and will consider new and bigger front-wheel drive X-1 in 2017 when lease is up."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY BMW X1 AWD

By on Saturday, October 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "No cons so far."

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

"I bought a 2014 X1 X drive 28i in September of 2013. I have had it for two years and 20,000+ miles. This car is awesome and it has everything I was looking for in a car-(AWD, front seats that elevate high, rear window wiper, taller than my previous car, large wheel wells for snow). I looked at a lot of vehicles and test drove a few. When I test drove the X1 to my home, my son was visiting and looked at the window sticker. He said "you can't drive this car!" I told him that I just drove it and I really like it. Then he explained that I could not handle it because of the 240 horse power. I asked if it was more than my current car. He said it was more, but it was also more than his car! I am sure the salesman got a chuckle from that exchange."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Don't understand other reviews

By on Monday, September 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Like the interior features, such as nav, radi"

Cons: "poor gas mileage, door pinch"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Bought the wrong car. Should have bought Mercedes GLA 1. Only getting 18.2 MPG around Dallas, instead of the 22 it is rated at and 26 overall. 2. The front door handles when you open the door will pinch your fingers, bad. 3. Car porpoises, probably due to short wheel base. Like the nav, radio and other functions"

10 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Driving BMWs for 30 years. Best overall

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "See above"

Cons: "rear wiper goes 3/4 and stops. Certain settings."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Size, handling, comfort on trips (M Sport) drive train and engine are fantastic. Excellent fuel economy, but wish diesel were available. As usual, pricey for options."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

2015 BMW sDrive28i ... SUPERB !

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best 2015 Luxury compact SUV/SAV under $35,000."

Cons: "None."

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

"My new 2015 sDrive28i is SUPERB. My needs and wants in descending order: comfortable high seating, euro firm steering, weight and safety in an accident, 360 degree visibility, fast 0-60, good fuel mpg, clean well thought out lines of exterior and interior, and moderate cargo storage. I am 6'-0" tall, 180 lbs, and the X1 is very easy and comfortable to get in and out of on a daily basis (instead of hitting my head and straining my back with the low door and seat height of the MB GLA or Audi Q3: ok if your 5'-2" to 5'-8") The X1 has had strong engine performance at all speeds, good reliable braking, and excellent handling. Good interior cargo spatial versatility. The dashboard and instrument panel is viewed and used the most by any driver and the X1 is beautifully laid out and intuitive. The NAV is large at 8.8", and an A+ in ease of use, functionality, and being seamlessly incorporated within the dash (instead of contrived, small, and plopped on top the dash as if it were a cheap after thought of design.) Front leg and head room is very good. My X1 included Power memory seats, Technology Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package (all for $34,000) has high value for the price, and has been great for my Southern California city and highway driving. Reliability --- it never disappoints and has lived up to all my needs and expectations."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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