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2013 BMW X1 xDrive28 i SUV

2013 BMW X1 Review

(0 Stars)  The brand’s smallest SUV is also its least expensive model.

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New For 2013
The X1 is not an all-new model (it’s been out elsewhere since 2009), but it is brand-new to the U.S. market. It’s smaller than an X3, and it’s the least expensive BMW you can buy, undercutting the 1-series coupe by a couple hundred dollars.
Overview
BMW has been talking about bringing its subcompact X1 SUV to America for years, but strong demand in other markets kept the X1 from our shores. Now it’s finally here. Perhaps as compensation for waiting, we’re getting one version you can’t buy elsewhere: the six-cylinder xDrive35i. It comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. Although it’s the quickest X1, it’s also the thirstiest. We prefer the xDrive28i, which uses BMW’s excellent direct-injected, 2.0-liter turbo four. Its 260 lb-ft of torque nearly equal the six-cylinder’s 300 lb-ft, and acceleration to 60 mph is just a tick behind. Auto stop/start helps the 28i achieve better fuel economy in the city, and an eight-speed automatic transmission helps make it more efficient on the highway. There’s a rear-wheel-drive version of the X1, the sDrive28i. It uses the same turbo four and gets even better mileage (33 mpg on the highway). Unfortunately, it alone among the X1 variants has numb, electric power steering, which is anathema to a true BMW. For those who aren’t bothered by that, the sDrive28i is the lowest-priced BMW you can buy—although its standard-equipment list is lacking. Actually, all versions of the X1 are less expensive than equivalent 1-series, which should make the X1 as popular here as it has been elsewhere.

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2013 xDrive28 i SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC with Double-VANOS variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 22 MPG city, 33 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 432 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
16.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 241 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 258 ft lb of torque @ 1,250 rpm

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'13 BMW xDrive28 i SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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