Mark Glover’s AutoGlo car reviews also can be seen on the Business page of The Sacramento Bee’s website – via the “GALLERY: Reviews of new cars” link at www.sacbee.com/business
This review originally appeared in the August 2013 edition of the Northern & Central California Cruisin’ News published out of Folsom, California – mg
Sacramento, California – BMW’s X1 five-passenger crossover was doing pretty well overseas, so BMW brought it to America for 2013.
Nicely played. My 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i was a surprising bit of fun. When it showed up, I thought to myself: too small. And if you’re one of three people jammed into the back seat, I think that initial assessment is going to hold serve.
But when I got the xDrive28i out on the highway, “too small” had vanished in the rearview mirror.
Honest, I had trouble keeping the thing under 80 miles per hour. I cracked the throttle halfway, and the needle just stubbornly stood there at 80 mph, seemingly begging for more.
Power comes from a 2-liter, twin-turbo, four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower. That power plant blasts the xDrive28i along like a champ. As you’re blazing by everything on the open road like a champ, you’re thinking that you’re at the wheel of one hot car.
For me, that was literally true. My time in the BMW X1 came during a week of mercilessly hot weather in
My ride was the jazzed-up “M Sport Line” version, which helped boost the car’s $32,350 starting price to a somewhat eye-popping $45,245. Given all the luxo/techno perks in the crossover, it was an understandable price, but I’m guessing that similarly dressed-up X1s might turn off folks shopping for a small crossover that gets good fuel mileage.
Mileage on the tester was advertised at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway – which my tester seemed to be hitting spot-on in my time with it.
I should add that driving dynamics of the car were exceptional. Plus, the eight-speed auto gearbox was seamless, and you could operate it as a manual. It’s no mystery to me that the X1 garnered praise in on foreign roadways. The xDrive28i is a good thing in a small package, and a hot performer when you want a little something extra from a crossover.