2013 BMW X1 drive review – Autoweek

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2013 BMW X1 drive review

New to the market, the BMW X1 has been offered in since 2009. Photo by

Like the X3 and the X5, there’s nothing too about the X1’s exterior which in the smaller model closer to a tall hatchback Photo by BMW.

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BMW has offered the X1 in since 2009, but the company for this mid-cycle refresh to its small SUV to the U.S. market. BMW offers a plethora of X1 gasoline and variants outside of North we’ll get two engines: the 28i featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four matched to an eight-speed automatic and the U.S.-exclusive 35i employing BMW’s twin-scroll turbo 3.0-liter six to a six-speed automatic. All- or drive is offered with the engine (SDrive28i or XDrive28i), all-wheel drive is standard the bigger powerplant in the XDrive35i.

Underneath are underpinnings from the 1-series and 3-series sedans, so the is well-sorted, but in X1 guise it merely higher.

What is it like to drive?

For who prefers a spirited driving in his little ute, the X1 is a good There are pluses to either option, so buyers will to weigh their priorities choosing an X1. The four is less starting at just less $32,000 including freight, and model gets markedly fuel economy thanks in to displacement, but also because it is with BMW’s auto function and Eco Pro mode that frugal driving behavior.

The is no slouch either, putting up 0-to-60-mph times (6.3 with AWD), and feels and responsive across the power We found ample power to on tight back-road routes and of oomph to push the car to autobahn However, there is a noticeable, diesel-like drone to the powertrain at speeds in eighth gear, could prove annoying time.

The six is obviously a more aggressive but with a penalty at the pump (21 mpg versus 27 mpg for the SDrive28i) and a far different feel. Though heavier and less engaging, the six does substantial power for such a vehicle#8212;and a 5.3-second 0-to-60-mph

Where the four shuttles noticeably through the gears on while the engine surges to redline, the 300-hp, 300-lb-ft inline-six simply steps a gear and taps into reserves to provide a refined as the revs climb through the band. Neither engine to suffer from any turbo with demands for power rewarded#8212;but each in a noticeably manner.

Regardless of model, handling was and steady, very much in with BMWs that a much lower center of The brakes were responsive and and easily capable of hauling the car from triple-digit speeds any drama.

Just as with its siblings, the X3 and the X5, there’s nothing too about the X1’s exterior which in the smaller model closer to a tall hatchback an SUV.

Inside, cabin space is for front-seat passengers and the cabin is trimmed, but back-seat riders find their knees need the seatback indentations to sufficient room. Cargo isn’t voluminous, but it’s and reconfigurable.


Do I want it?

You’ll to sample both powertrains settling on your favorite, but our is this: If you seek a higher-strung, vehicle, and you want to keep down, go with the four-cylinder. If you the kind of solid performance with BMW’s inline-sixes, choice is obvious.

Regardless of your decision, if you go all-wheel drive, consider on the M Sport package which Performance Control. It adjusts torque distribution and does for the car’s handling and cornering

2013 BMW X1 SDrive28i

BASE $31,545

LAYOUT: Five-passenger, RWD crossover

DRIVETRAIN: 2.0-liter, 255-lb-ft turbocharged four; automatic

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