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MPG 21 City / 31 Highway
  • Swift acceleration with either engine
  • Agile handling
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Spacious interior despite exterior dimensions
  • Pricey option packages
  • Cargo space a bit tight for larger items
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The BMW X1 is ideal for buyers who want something smaller than the X3 -- or those who want the BMW experience with the least cost.


The X1 is BMW's latest entry in the luxury crossover arena, and it represents a relatively new concept to Americans. While smaller than an X3 or many other compact crossovers, it gives buyers who don't need vast amounts of space the flexibility to haul large items while offering a higher driving position and available all-wheel drive. It's also the least expensive BMW on sale right now, at about $31,000.

The base sDrive28i comes with BMW's 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, automatic headlights, power windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, heated power mirrors, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, privacy glass and 8-speaker audio system with iPod interface, HD radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

The xDrive28i includes BMW's all-wheel drive system, but is otherwise equipped like the sDrive28i.

The top-trim xDrive35i comes with standard all-wheel drive and a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. Other equipment upgrades include 8-way power front seats, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.

BMW offers trim packages on all X1 models: The X Line has special trim and 18-inch alloy wheels; Sport Line gets differently styled 18-inch alloy wheels, sport bucket seats and blacked-out exterior trim; the M Sport Line gets a body kit, sport 18-inch alloy wheels, special interior trim, a higher top speed and a lowered suspension.

Other options include leather upholstery, navigation with BMW's iDrive, a premium audio system, a backup camera and blind-spot monitoring.

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2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a practical BMW that's relatively inexpensive

Standard on the sDrive28i are: 17-inch alloy wheels, matte black roof rails, 8-way adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, fog lights, Bluetooth, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, BMW's iDrive media system, and an 8-speaker audio system with an iPod input, USB connection and HD radio.

2013 BMW X1
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2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i

Recommended for: Buyers who need the security of all-wheel drive

The xDrive28i adds the security of all-wheel drive and hill descent control to the sDrive28i.

2013 BMW X1
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2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i

Recommended for: Buyers who want the most performance from their X1

The xDrive35i adds: a 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights with LED running lights, power front seats, wood trim and a panoramic moonroof.

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