First impressions: BMW X1

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First impressions: BMW X1

I’m writing up the BMW X1 for our SUVs site. I was by the X1; BMW is touting it as their least-expensive with a starting price $32,000. And I’m down small SUVs.

About one, however, I’m not so

Here’s the thing: As a BMW, the X1 is Yeah, it’s a bit Spartan on the (this despite the fact the one I drove had $4,000 worth of — in BMW-land, that even get you leather, navigation, or a driver’s seat). But it has the magnificent turbo engine I raved in my 328i and 528i. and even it’s a bit heavy and soft by BMW it’s still good fun to

But the interior space is really Not just stingy by SUV standards we’re talking stingy by hatchback standards. There’s room (and comfort) in a Fit than there is in the BMW X1.

So what’s a car to do?

What I should have was claim the X1 as a car. Jason Guide to SUVs ) and I try not to step on other’s toes. If I’d the X1 for this site, Bob would be my

Yeah, it’s a great car.

But the X1 is labeled as an SUV and it looks an SUV — more like a X3 than a 3-series hatchback as Jason pointed out, is BMW really ought to make). How do you a good write-up to an SUV that less cargo space a Honda Fit — a car that one-third as much and gets better fuel economy?

I’m getting the review to hand in now, and that’s I am with it. It’s a wishy-washy one caught between my viewpoint as a car fan and my job as a car Do I like the X1? Yeah.

Could I, in conscience, recommend it to a reader? Not one who is for a utility vehicle with utility.

I’d love to your thoughts — you consider an SUV like the X1 as a car? you buy a utility vehicle that was on utility? Click the comments and tell me what you think. post a link to the review it’s up. — Aaron

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I much prefer the Mercedes B that we have up here in Syrup Land. Also it seems to be laid out better. will be introducing the M-B A Class

That should be interesting#8230;espcially in

I just bought a BMW X1. Traded in a loved 2010 VW GTI. I a smallish vehicle, AWD, doors, flexible cargo, milage AND fun to drive in the the mountains of

The choice came down to a Mazda CX5 or bare-bones X1 for the same Picked the X1 based on the great and fun to drive.

Probably more of a car a SUV but it works for me.

I think you hit the nail on the head this one. I love bmw and I had the 3 series, x3 and a z3 and now an x1. I love this Granted the only reason I get another 3 series is because I had a baby but overall I am very Great fun to drive and not bad to get the car seat in and out of but it is not at all.

I usually only it alone, carrying my giant bag with the seats down in the or if it#8217;s me the baby. If the whole needs to go somewhere we take our VW which is 1/10 the fun but much practical. Don#8217;t forget the gas is amazing on the 4 cylinder turbo and I got and the cold weather package for

You just have to go to the right

(5) Godwin Wong says:

I own a BMW x3. I still love to drive it. I got the X1 as a loaner. You have to get used to the of the stop/start but I think it is a minor Yes, it is small and feels flying in economy class then first class if it a plane.

If I just the prestige of a BMW, get a CPO BMW. If I just a equivalent small SUV wagon, I consider a Subaru.

October 29, at 12:37 pm

(6) Bill H. says:

For reason BMW is slowly getting the 8 ball with their

The exter4ior hasn#8217;t changed in and at only a short distance all look pretty much the

They do handle well and get good milage but this SUV is another example why they some new people in the design

As for price any car over 30K, options should have standard items than

I have a 3 sedan and the out the door incl tax, delivery, options, registration, etc was approx 41K it was advertised at 29K at the time. 12 K extra. often forget about the registration, etc and then get all wrapped up in the pitch.

If you do your homework and a start up luxury car, for the year end, new models sales and check out various etc.

I got leather, extra glass, up grade audio, travel mugs and even a

Out the door was 31K, period.

I get approx 28/29 mpg average, I my 3 and no way would I buy the new SUV.

October 29, at 1:04 pm

(7) Eric says:

X1 is labeled as an SUV and it looks like an SUV more like a baby X3 a 3-series hatchback#8221;


I saw these in when they first out, and had the opportunity to look at closely compared with BMW#8217;s nearby, particularly the 1er which is sold overseas. The X1, on my observations, is mislabeled. Yes, I that BMW markets it as a SUV, having compared the two nearly by side, the X1 is really just a 1er with AWD, and a slightly suspension, much like the V60XC is to the S60 sedan.

It is, in effect, the 4-door 1 series for the market.

I guess spartan-ness is in the eye of the This car is BY FAR more luxurious than my 88 E30 convertible is, which about $33K when and well optioned. I recently an X1 online, equipped as closely as to my 25 year old convertible.

The X1#8242;s price was just over

I understand, Aaron, that you think this car has much compared to other cars, comparing it to a Honda Fit is like apples to oranges. Although both technically #8220;hatchbacks,#8221; totally different concepts; the X1 a jellybean with wheels, and the Fit available with AWD. most hatchbacks on the market compare to the Fit with regard to interior layout, comparing the X1 to the Fit a comparison.

We#8217;ll consider the X1 the time comes to replace my (probably by that time 12 old) Pacifica. Not sure if buy it due, ironically, to the cargo issue Aaron mentioned. We may up to the X3, or so something else entirely.

haven#8217;t decided if another SUV is the answer. Personally, I think overrated. We may do just fine either a mid or full size

October 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

(8) Stephenson says:

I#8217;m surprised at your comments the room in the X1. I remember getting in the of an X5 when they first out and thinking it was smaller than my 1600. When I test the X1 that I currently own I had my 6#8217;4#8243; son me and he sat in the back.

Granted he couldn#8217;t wear a but hipsters don#8217;t need

If I could upload a photo I send one of my 18#8217;11#8243; sea kayak comfortably on top of the X1. I specifically liked it the lift height for my boat was manageable.

It isn#8217;t a cargo but for driving to work in Minnesota it is great for a normal sized guy. Just keep it in mode to avoid the shudder/stop and it is zippy too.

October 29, at 9:03 pm

(9) RW says:

Got a great and bought a new fully loaded x1 for 39k 2 months ago. With tax and it came out to about 44k. price included a couple of and a good relationship with the

Since then I#8217;ve put 6k miles on it. I love this As an active, single person in NYC, who works in property it fits my needs perfectly.

The reason I picked the x1 over entry luxury cars and the 3 was that it was the most fun to drive, the exception of the Cadillac ats. I wanted a luxury awd car with a price for under 40k. The 4 engine is great, it#8217;s and powerful while still a respectable 20mpg for mostly driving (I use to average 14mpg in my is 350). The steering wheel and the handling is my favorite feature of the

Steering is precise and tout, feeling loose which was my complaint with the new 3 series. car is a pure joy to drive on a nice road.

Bottom line the x1 is a urban car that is a fun car to drive on away in the country or the hamptons. also very comfortable for a person or a couple with no I know I could have better value for 40k if I gotten a loaded ford fusion awd or a Toyota rav 4. but none of those were able to put a smile on my like the x1 did while driving at speed down a nice road, and that#8217;s priceless.

30, 2013 at 2:46 am

(10) Joe

I am on my fourth BMW. I currently own a X1 Sport and 2013 328i. I BMW and the evolution thereof. Those continue to … about BMW own an older Bmw or don#8217;t own one at all. The X1 is the car that I have owned.

I owned peugeots, Mercedes, and an of other vehicles#8230;the x1 is my 20th Would I recommend the x1. Hell

Skip the majority of options#8230;get the line and leave the kids Turn the auto/ stop, off, put it in drive sport and little four will the hell out of you. The drivers in rear view will be as well.

Buy it.

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