BMWs are too expensive. You know it, I know it. Sure, their starting prices are not too shabby, but add options that most cars come with as standard, and the price balloons to eye-watering territory. The cars are worth it because they’re great but still…too expensive.
There is, however, a deal that I think is quite overlooked — the BMW X1 xDrive28i. So for around $34,000 in the U.S., you can get an all-wheel drive BMW SUV – let’s face it, it’s a wagon with higher ride height – with a fantastic 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic. It also has good cargo space, safety and, well, is a BMW.
People just think 3 Series when they think cheap BMW, but the 3 Series isn’t really so cheap anymore. Yes, the 320i is not too bad, but that comes with less standard kit than a KIA Forte. Great car, but not good value.
The facelifted X1 SAV came to the U.S. in Fall of 2012 and according to the company the sales have been nothing short of spectacular.
Under the hood, the X1 xDrive28i features the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder making 240 hp at 5,000 rpm with max torque of 260 lb-ft located at throttle tip in – a ultra low 1,250 rpm.
So the often ridiculed X1 seems to be the best BMW bargain out right now. It may be a bit ungainly looking but if it drives well and comes with a lot for the money, the looks seen to fade into the background.
Good news is BMW is refreshing the X1’s looks and the new face and body look really good and not just in comparison to the Elephant-Man-Looking X1. So soon people will be able to get not only a good bargain, but a car they can be proud to own.