Consumer Reviews Summary
8 of 9 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 BMW X1 Overview
BMW has been busy adding more and more new models to its ever-expanding lineup and one of them is the brand-new 2013 BMW X1 crossover. BMW calls the X1 a “sports activity vehicle” with the ride and handling of a car but the storage and ruggedness of an SUV.
The X1 slots in below the X3, giving the German automaker another small crossover in its arsenal. However, unlike the X3 whose styling takes after the larger, more SUV-looking X5, the X1 takes a different approach when it comes to its exterior. It’s almost wagon-like in its appearance, with a swept-back style that is sleek rather than rugged. The familiar BMW kidney grille adorns the front end, flanked by quad headlights. A panoramic moonroof and xenon HID headlights with LED rings around them are optional. An M Sport kit is also offered which slightly alters the X1s appearance to make it more sporty.
Offered in three distinct trims, the X1 is divided amongst two drivetrain and two engine options. The sDrive 28i and xDrive 28i both come with a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 260 pounds-feet of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The difference between the two models is that the sDrive model is rear-wheel drive, while the xDrive model gets an intelligent all-wheel drive system that sends power to the wheel with the most grip to provide maximum traction. The turbocharged four-cylinder utilizes cylinder deactivation technology which increases fuel economy.
The final trim is the xDrive35i, which gets a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine making 300 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is standard.
Fuel economy ranges from 18-24 mpg in the city to 27-34 mpg on the highway, with the best figures coming from the sDrive 28i and the worst from the more powerful xDrive 35i.
Inside, the cabin is driver-oriented with the center console and dashboard slightly canted in that direction. This being a BMW, the design opts for simple and minimalistic over busy, something we appreciate. That being said, the X1 is no slouch when it comes to the technology department offering iDrive, USB/iPod port, automatic climate control, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard equipment. Leatherette seating is also standard, with real Nevada leather upholstery optional. Also available are a navigation system, heated/powered front seats, BMW Apps smartphone integration, a panoramic moonroof, and satellite radio.
When it comes to safety, the 2013 X1 is similarly well equipped offering dynamic cruise control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control standard. A backup camera and front/rear parking sensors are available.