2013 BMW X1 Test Drive – Car and Driver

BMW X1 | July 18th, 2012 by 4
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Car and Driver test drives the new 2013 BMW X1. The facelifted X1 SAV comes to the U.S. this fall and will be offered in …

Car and Driver test drives the new 2013 BMW X1.

The facelifted X1 SAV comes to the U.S. this fall and will be offered in two variants: 28i and 35i. The BMW X1 xDrive35i is said to run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. EPA mileage estimates for this model are 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i will retail for $31,545 and $33,245 respectively while the X1 xDrive35i will start at $39,345. All prices include $895 Destination and Handling.

Here are the first hand impressions from C&D:

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The X1 actually was introduced in Germany a couple of years ago (we drove one then) and we are getting a face-lifted version that is very likeable. The interior is richer than we get in American 1-series cars—at least as nice as that of the last-generation 3-series. The materials are high quality, the textures and colors are tasteful, and everything is assembled flawlessly. The premium sense is reinforced by a structure that felt rock solid on the Bavarian roads near BMW headquarters in Munich, and the cabin was hushed even at 100 mph.

While you do sit a couple inches higher in the X1 than in a BMW sedan, the driving position still feels more carlike than trucklike. Brake feel is superb and the steering precision and weighting are very good, even on the rear-drive model that uses an electrically assisted rack. Moreover, the 2.0-liter turbo/eight-speed automatic combo motivates the X1 effortlessly. Both four-cylinder models should require a bit over six seconds to reach 60, and BMW is estimating about 24 mpg on the EPA city cycle and 33 on the highway with the four-cylinder and rear-wheel drive. At the other end of the economy spectrum, the xDrive35i is projected to achieve ratings of 18/27 mpg.

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Perhaps the best way to view the X1 is as a 1-series five-door hatchback, reconstituted in a shape designed to appeal to Americans. While this is obvious pandering, at least this faux SUV is well-packaged, relatively efficient, and good to drive. In fact, it drives very much like a BMW car. With base prices ranging from $31,545 for an sDrive28i to $39,345 for an xDrive35i, the X1 likely will find plenty of takers.”

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