There is a few different engines to choose from in the 2013 BMW X1, and they all offer at least one quality to get excited about. The X1 sDrive28i is a rear-wheel drive that is powered by a strong turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, paired up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, accelerating zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.2 seconds. If that is not enough to get you excited, it returns 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. There is also an all-wheel drive version of this same engine that is just a pinch slower and sees an average of 26 mpg. If you prefer a little more speed, the X1 xDrive35i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6. This all-wheel drive engine sprints zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, thanks to 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Although fuel-economy does suffer a little, it is still better than much of its competition at 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The xDrive35i offers a significantly smoother ride than the four-cylinder option, but the sDrive28i is still a comfortable ride with its four-wheel independent suspension. Surprisingly, it feels more responsive and agile than many sedans on the market, and with its small turning circle, you may forget you are trying to park and maneuver a crossover.
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• Audio System - The standard audio system features a CD player, MP3 playback, 180-watt digital amplifier and eight speakers. However, for a more enjoyable listening experience, you will want to upgrade to the Harman Kardon surround system and add on a one-year subscription to satellite radio.
• Bluetooth Audio Streaming - You never have to take your eyes off the road to send or receive calls. Plus, Bluetooth audio streaming allows you to play music that is saved on your smartphone or MP3 player that is Bluetooth capable.
• ConnectedDrive - BMW apps allow you to access video playback, music plugins and social networks and view them on your display screen.
Crash tests have not yet been done on the 2013 BMW X1, but the line typically does not disappoint. In addition to the long list of standard safety features, BMW Assist is also available, which is an emergency communicating system that provides automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and stolen vehicle recovery. Other features include:
• Four-wheel ABS
• Child seat anchors
• Stability control
• Emergency braking assist
• Engine immobilizer
• Traction control
• Rear door safety locks
• Turn signal mirrors
• Post-collision safety system
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Brake drying
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
When a vehicle is available in 13 colors, and one happens to be orange, you just know there is something special about it. Although labeled as a crossover, it looks more like a beefy wagon. It is fun and fresh and shows BMW is aiming to appeal to a younger crowd. An aerodynamic roof, sporty headlamps, attractive rims and an iconic grille make this vehicle a serious head-turner.
If you are only transporting people, you will love the X1; it’s cargo space that the vehicle has a problem with. Seating for five is provided, but taller passengers will feel a little cramped in the rear, as legroom is pretty scarce. However, the front bucket seats are supportive and offer more than enough room for a tall driver or passenger to stretch their legs. When you slip behind the wheel, you will quickly notice that the driving position is relatively high like it would be in a full-size SUV to give you better command of the road. The wheel is comfortable and gears and gauges are all easy to identify and reach.
Don’t expect much cargo space in the X1 and you won’t be disappointed. With the rear seat in place, there is only 14. 8 cubic feet and with them down, you get 47.7 cubic feet. This means that you will never be able to haul any oversized cargo.