2013 BMW X1
MSRP STARTING AT
$379/month for 36 months.
Car shoppers looking for a fun-to-drive luxury vehicle that also offers decent utility have an all-new option: the 2013 BMW X1 compact crossover. Smaller than the current X3 but still related to both the 1 Series and 3 Series, the X1 should offer the impressive handling abilities of those cars. Its significantly lower overall height – just shy of 61 inches – should also give it a more agile demeanor than most rival compact crossovers, which typically range from 5-8 inches taller.
The X1 has been on sale in Europe for nearly three years. It will finally reach U.S. dealers this fall as a base rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i and two all-wheel-drive models, the xDrive28i and xDrive35i. Both 28i models share a turbocharged, 240-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims the combination helps the base X1 cover zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds (6.3 for the xDrive28i), while returning an estimated 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
BMW will offer the X1 in xLine and SportLine trim levels. The xLine trim features various styling flourishes (side skirt covers, copper-colored trim) and 18-inch wheels, while the SportLine gets similar styling elements and different 18-inch wheels. The optional M Sport package adds a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and sport seats.