2013 BMW X1

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2013 BMW X1
Available in 3 styles:  2013 BMW X1 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Vehicle shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

18–24 city / 27–34 hwy


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2013 BMW X1 4.6 13
$ 18,613-32,485
April 23, 2012
Vehicle Overview

BMW's newest addition to its crossover lineup, the X1, is also the smallest. Sold previously in markets outside the U.S., the X1 hits dealerships in fall 2012 as a 2013 model and will be available with a choice of turbocharged engines. The subcompact premium crossover segment is a new one in the U.S., and recent entrants include the Mini Cooper Countryman and upcoming Buick Encore.

Familiar design cues make the X1 immediately recognizable as a BMW, including a twin-kidney grille that dominates the front end. It's bordered by quad headlights behind clear covers. From some angles, the X1 looks a little like a hatchback car, but it's enough of a crossover overall to avoid that designation in the market. Exterior features include:

  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED halos
  • Turn signals integrated in the side mirrors

As is BMW tradition, the X1 has a driver-centric dashboard that brings a streamlined appearance to the cabin. BMW says it improved the controls and touch-points of the X1 for its U.S. debut, but some of the surfaces in the cabin — like the grab bars on the doors — have a low-grade feel that's out of place in even an entry-luxury crossover. The rear bench seat is more accommodating for adult passengers than the crossover's small footprint suggests. Interior features include:

  • Available navigation system
  • Joystick-like gear selector for the automatic-transmission

Under the Hood
Two engines are offered in the X1. A 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard while a 300-hp, turbo six-cylinder is available. Both engines work with an automatic transmission; a manual isn't offered. Mechanical features include:

  • Fuel-saving stop/start engine technology (four-cylinder)
  • Four-cylinder X1 can have rear- or all-wheel drive; six-cylinder models have all-wheel drive

Safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, which are required on all new cars beginning with the 2012 model year.

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