Consumer Reports give their take on the 2013 BMW X1 and as they described it, “you either hate it or love it”, no middle ground.
Consumer Reports team was split in two:
Camp #1 views the X1 as basically a last-generation 3 Series wagon (which it is). That’s an inherently good thing. But that wagon was never offered in the United States with a potent engine, and it usually stickered for well over $40,000.
The X1 neatly solves both of those problems. It has the same powerful and efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as our 2013 Top Pick Sports Sedan, the 328i. It also has laudable old-school BMW steering feedback, something missing from the current 3 Series. And our modestly-equipped X1 stickered for $38,795–$1,700 less than the 325xi wagon we tested way back in 2006! What’s not to like?
and the opposition….
Camp #2 counters–strongly–that the X1 isn’t really much car for the money. It looks sort of odd. The steering effort is crazy heavy, particularly when parking. There’s not much rear-seat room or cargo space. And some of the interior bits look cheap. If you skip the optional iDrive and its attendant expensive option packages, there’s better connectivity in a $17,000 Kia. And nearly $39,000 buys a much more practical vehicle, like the super-easy-to-live-with Acura RDX. One Subaru Outback-owning member of our staff got out of the X1, shook her head, and said “I can’t believe this car costs this much.”
BMWBLOG’s Chuck Vossler is currently testing the X1 in the snow in Colorado and we will have a full report in the upcoming weeks.