2013 BMW X1
Most certainly a sign of the times, the subcompact 2013 BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle rolled onto our lot with mixed expectations. After all, compared to the popular X3, this crossover is 6 ½ inches shorter which decreases both versatility and space. But, as it rides on the architecture of the 1 Series coupe, after only a few miles, we still found plenty to praise.
First is X1 power. Both are from the X3. But, the X1 is 500 pounds lighter. A 2.0 liter turbo-4 cranks the X1 rear-drive sDrive and all-wheel drive xDrive28i models. With 240 horses it’s more than enough for most duties. Step up to the X1 xDrive35i, and BMW steps up the horsepower to 300 with the familiar 3.0 liter turbo I-6. It is a real blast to drive.
Despite its diminutive stature and low, sleek profile, front cabin room feels almost as spacious as an X3. In typical BMW fashion, materials have a premium look and feel. But, rear seat room is downright tight and cargo room drops about 10%.
But smaller size usually means nimble, and combined with quick power, the X1 is both substantial and entertaining on the road. Raised hip points lend a natural crossover feel, as do its 7.6 inches of ground clearance.
The Combined Government Fuel Economy Rating for our test xDrive28i is 26 miles per gallon… aided by an auto stop/start system and 8 speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i begins at just over $33,000, about 6 grand less than the X3, and its available now.
Engine: 2.0 liter turbo-4
Price: Begins at just over $33,000