The rear-wheel-drive 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i has a muscular 240-horsepower, turbocharged engine that effortlessly moves the SUV off the line and down the highway. It’s mated to a swift-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive X1s (the xDrive28i and xDrive35i) come with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The motor is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that responds slowly when power is needed.
With the base powertrain, the X1 sDrive28i achieves outstanding fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The X1 xDrive28i gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, while the X1 xDrive35i gets 18/26 mpg city/highway. On winding roads, the X1 has sharp steering and handles nimbly, producing minimal body roll. Its brakes are also strong.
Inside, the five-seat, 2-row BMW X1 features superb fit-and-finish, as well as top-notch materials that are soft to the touch. Front-seat occupants will enjoy an abundance of headroom and legroom, but those seated in the back will have limited legroom. There is up to 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space – adequate for typical storage needs.
The second row has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle seat has only an upper tether anchor.
Standard features include an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port.
Satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, navigation, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system are available in some used models. The driver-focused dashboard has a straightforward layout, making it easy to adjust settings.