Road test: 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i | Driving

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Road test: 2013 BMW X1


I must be in touch my feminine side because on my drive of the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i I my good friend via the vehicle’s and enthusiastically declared: “I really this thing.”

To which he “You are such a girl.”

it is the feminine persuasion to which the X1 most likely appeal, the demure five-door is neither a sedan nor stout truck. leaves the more hairy-legged us to desire an X5 or 335i when for a family chariot. But it is also the 2013 X1 has much to like — now that this luxury AWD has an engine that can make any or woman, grin.

That engine is BMW’s 3.0-litre turbocharged straight the same arrangement of pistons in much more serious from the larger X5 SUV to the 535i and various 3 Series sedans and The six-cylinder has 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of When the X1 was launched in Canada in 2011 as a 2012 model, it only with a turbocharged straight four, a sweet engine that remains in the X1, but one that does not get the blood in the same way as the six.

And while the numbers matter, valuable is what the N55 engine to the X1 — which is immediately reform it a fastidious church mouse something more like a leopard. Gone is the wheezy of the 4-cylinder at start up, exchanged for a rumble that’s vastly pleasing. Gone is any trace of replaced by the absolute smoothest ever felt from a engine. It’s so inviting, green light becomes an to floor it.

Yes, there is slight hesitation off the line as the twin-scroll turbo spools up, but underway the X1 pulls with the of a teenager who wants to stay out Zero to 100 km/hr requires a 5.6 seconds.

Gone, too, unfortunately, is of the stellar fuel economy of the but that’s not to say, by any means, six is a pig. While I averaged 8.8 km in my first experience with the X1 and its back in 2011, I managed 11.2 L/100 km over a week with the xDrive35i.

of that, of course, can be blamed on the nature of the straight six, quickly rendered my feeble useless, seducing me into far too liberal applications of the throttle the road was clear. The official for the X1 xDrive35i are 11.4/7.4.


So it’s the engine of choice for an X1 is the six, if it does raise the base to $39,900 over the 28i’s or $45 extra a month. It also (for now) living a six-speed transmission rather an eight speed, but that’s no big — the six-speed is snappy, swift and can be manually.

The larger question is whether it sense to opt for the bigger X3 over an X1 the vehicles are relatively close to other in size. Considering an X3 the same engine costs to start, the argument stalls away. Spending nearly more for the X3 does bring an 300 litres of space (with up), or room for about one hockey bag.

Granted, our tester topped out at but it included just about option available.

Inside, the X1 and X3 similarly adorned. I don’t why BMW seems intent on keeping its space so painfully small: the armrest was not big enough to hold my even. The iPhone slot requires some fiddling to and the two cup holders up front are only more useful than on a Porsche.

Still, on the whole, the X1 is a size — easy to park, to manoeuver in traffic or fling with abandon along the route to the cottage. Steering is BMW, as is the braking. The exterior are attractively rendered, especially up Despite a conservative interior, the X1 plenty cheery inside, brighter by a beautiful panorama that opens wide.

The roof is part of the $1,500 package that also a heated steering wheel didn’t work on our test auto dimming mirrors and distance control — but no backup which would be far more than the sensors and graphics.

all around is especially good. And there is a bit of wind noise out on the the X1 is ultimately a genuinely pleasing Now that is has one of the best engines in the it should be irresistible to women — and plenty of men.

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