2013 BMW X1Change Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Four-cylinder's acceleration
- Four-cylinder's gas mileage
- More interior room than exterior size suggests
- Handling with M Sport trim
- Interior quality
- Ride quality with M Sport trim
- No power liftgate
- Small backseat
- Auto stop/start on four-cylinder
- New for 2013
- Positioned below X3 crossover
- Turbo four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine
- RWD or AWD
- Fuel-saving stop/start technology (four-cylinder)
Though pint-sized, the 2013 BMW X1 delivers huge value in gas mileage and affordability while keeping BMW's signature driving enjoyment and luxury.
Since 2004, the X3 has been BMW's smallest SUV. Now the company has added the all-new 2013 X1, which becomes both the smallest and most affordable BMW SUV. The automaker could have easily muddied the distinction between these two models — a mistake we've seen from other automakers — but BMW properly distinguishes the similar-looking X1 and X3 SUVs in size, price and usability so buyers should have an easy go deciding which one better fits their lifestyle.
Compared with BMW's other SUVs, which include the X3, X5 and X6, the X1's low ride height, ease of entry and small backseat space are more like what a hatchback or wagon offers. The X3 has grown so large and expensive — $40,000 with destination — that a small SUV like the X1 starting closer to $32,000 should intrigue luxury SUV shoppers.
Did someone say wagons? BMW's new 2014 3 Series Sports Wagon has slightly more cargo room than the X1 but less than the X3, and it's priced closer to the X3. Compare the X1, 3 Series wagon and X3 here.
I tested a BMW X1 sDrive 28i with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive (xDrive) and a more-powerful turbocharged six-cylinder (35i) are available.
If you’re OK with sacrificing some roominess, BMW’s new entry-level crossover will have you wondering, “X3 who?” Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the X1 is more “large hatchback” than “small SUV,” boasting nimble handling and a quality interior.
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Our view: 2013 BMW X1
Though pint-sized, the 2013 BMW X1 delivers huge value in gas mileage and affordability while keeping BMW's signature driving enjoyment and luxury. Since 2004, the X3 has been ... Read more
Mother Proof's view
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Even Used it?s the Best
This is such a nice car. It?s the first luxury car I?ve ever owned and even though it?s one of their cheaper cars, it doesn?t skimp in style or performance. Read full review
Love my new car
I bought it used with 45,000 miles. Drives great! Interior is basic but nice. Valencia orange color is beautiful! Read full review
The 2013 BMW X1 currently has 0 recalls