An underrated little compact crossover, we review the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i
Unless I’ve been living under a rock and out of the loop (very plausible), I don’t think the 3.0L, 300-hp BMW X1 xDrive35i gets the props it deserves. Granted, the X1 xDrive35i still starts high at $39,900 MSRP CDN (rightfully so, we’re talking German precision here), and my BMW X1 price as tested here is $53,150. Yes, over $50k for compact a CUV; and majority in the market will likely turn to the X1’s older X3 sibling. But that’s my point. Those not concerned with budget but simply seeking a fun, underrated CUV that’s actually exciting to drive, should take a serious look at the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i.
X3 Driving Dynamics
This 2013 BMW X1 finds the Sport Line Package at $1,900, adding black high gloss roof rails and high gloss shadow line; aluminum trim; and sports seat. This package also adds 18-inch performance RFT (style 421) wheels, but my BMW X1 here gets blessed with 19-inch M-Performance run flats (style-324) for an extra $1000. Fitted with xDrive – BMW’s all-wheel drive system – passengers can feel and sound, but it’s the BMW Performance Control setup that shines on the open roads and twisty back roads, where on a bend the outer wheels have a longer path than the inner; thus, more control at each wheel. The lower-trim X1 xDrive28i finds a 2.0L turbo with 241-hp, whereas the X138i is powered by a stellar 3.0L TwinPower Turbo in-line 6-cyclinder engine reaching 100km in just 5.6 seconds, producing 300-hp at 5,800 rpm and 300 lb.ft of peak torque at 1,300 rpm all the way up to 5,000 rpm. Hence, more-than-necessary-yet-so-awesome power behind the wheel of a “cute-ute.”
The Cost & Conclusion
So what separates $39,900 from $53,150 (before the extra $2,095 destination charge)? As we know, BMWs can arrive incredibility customized straight from the factory, and this particular 2013 BMW X1 finds several packages, including the Executive Package ($2,900), Nav + Communication Package ($2,200), Premium Package ($1,500), BMW Apps Package ($300), plus the aforementioned Sport Line Package. Add, several stand alone options, my tester here includes Park Distance Control ($450), Metallic paint ($800), and the Harman Kardon audio system for ($800), to name a few. Shave half these options, pay around $47,000, and you’ve got a terrific 3.0L 300-hp compact CUV that’ll get you to cabin in style and in half the time.
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