Reviews the 2013 BMW X1


"Downsizing done right." That's how reviewer Joe Bruzek describes the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller, more fuel-efficient sibling of the X3. Car shoppers interested in the BMW luxury experience without the BMW luxury price by and large will find what they're looking for in this subcompact SUV. Bruzek says that while the X1 sacrifices some rear-passenger and cargo space, as well as high-tech features, buyers won't miss out on a plush interior and a zippy, agile driving experience — nor will they miss out on the $8,000 more they'd otherwise have spent on the X3.

2013 BMW X1 Review



It's very easy to distinguish the X1 from the X3. The X1 looks like a hatchback. The X3 looks like a regular CUV or SAV in BMW world.


BMW Sedans and Coupes might be the ultimate driving machines, but having test driven both the X3 and X5, I am less than impressed in the ride quality when compared to other SUV/CUV on the market. Besides BMW's overall reliability and ownership experience BLOWS !


If you want a small wagon and can live without all wheel drive, the Toyota Matrix is within inches of the X1 in size and miles ahead in reliability. Plus you save anywhere from 12 to 25K on the sticker price. My assumption is that no X1s sell for the base price and that they are close to 40k with normal equipment. For that kind of money there are many superior suvs like a smooth running v6 pilot or highlander, not a tractor like 4 cylinder being pawned off on buyers by Bmw.


$44K as tested? $12K over the base price? BMW's are so overrated for the cost of ownership. The profit margins they enjoy are unbelievable...

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