Used Car: 2013 BMW X1 Review
The BMW X1 has less overall cargo and cabin space than many rivals, but test drivers liked its premium interior materials, sporty handling and powerful base engine.
The base 2013 BMW X1 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reviewers said delivers swift acceleration. Base models have an eight-speed automatic transmission that automotive writers reported shifts promptly. A turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, is available, and reviewers said these models are incredibly potent, though a couple critics noted that the six-speed automatic doesn’t shift as quickly as the eight-speed in four-cylinder models. At up to an EPA-estimated 24/34 mpg city/highway, the 2013 X1 has excellent fuel economy estimates for the class. According to reviewers, the 2013 BMW X1 offers agile handling with minimal body roll while cornering. They also appreciated the X1’s strong braking power.
The automotive press agreed that the 2013 BMW X1’s cabin has excellent fit and finish, with top-notch materials. The BMW X1 has seats for five, and according to reviewers, there is plenty of head- and legroom for those in the front seats, but the rear seats don’t have enough legroom for optimal comfort. The X1 comes with leatherette seats, while leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are available. The 2013 X1 comes equipped with automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HD Radio, BMW's iDrive infotainment system and a USB port. A panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, navigation, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available. Test drivers thought the X1’s interior features, including navigation, iDrive and the climate and audio controls, are straightforward and easy to use. The BMW X1 has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s less cargo room than many competitors offer, but reviewers said the flat, low load floor makes the space useful.
Other SUVs to Consider
The 2013 Volvo XC60 has more cargo room than most SUVs in the class, and reviewers were impressed with its all-day-comfortable front seats. The XC60 is available with a number of driver assistance features that aren't offered on the X1, including low-speed automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.
Test drivers praised the 2013 Acura RDX’s roomy front and back seats, and it has significantly more cargo room than the X1. Additionally, reviewers liked the RDX's powerful V6 engine and poised handling.