2013 BMW X1

sDrive28i RWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 auto trans

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2013 BMW X1 XDrive28i 2013 Buick Encore AWD Front Three Quarters
Premium subcompact crossovers, already popular in Europe, look to be heading en masse to the North American market. Making their rounds of the U.S. auto show circuit are, for example, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and its hot AMG variant, the Audi Q3, and the soon-to-be-produced Infiniti Q30 concept. These crossoversoffer much of the practicality that's made crossovers of all sizes so popular -- tons of useable space, a high seating position, versatility, and a modicum of rough road capability (Don't even think about going off-road: all-wheel-drive is included only as a favor to Snowbelt buyers and in recognition that shoppers expect crossovers to power both axles.) But what premium subcompact crossovers promise that larger, generally cheaper compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape cannot is prestige. Think of it as the perfect vehicle for a hip, young, well-educated couple and their newborn's Maclaren stroller as they fight for parking space in Brooklyn's Williamsburg -- and in all the Williamsburgs in metro areas across the nation.
The crossovers we have here, the BMW X1 and Buick Encore, represent the leading edge of this trend. Both are small enough for the city parking space, thrifty enough for $4-a-gallon gasoline, and are flashier than similarly priced compact crossovers. The X1 is significantly smaller (6.5 inches shorter, 3.3 inches narrower) than the X3, less thirsty (22/33 mpg to 21/28 mpg), and, with a starting price of $31,825, nearly $6350 cheaper.The Encore starts for $25,085 and clearly hopes to mimic the appeal of the three-row Enclave in a cutesy B-segment footprint.
Despite gunning for the same type of new customer, BMW and Buick offer wholly dissimilar vehicles. The first clue comes when the cars are parked nose-to-nose. The X1, based on the last BMW 3-Series, is a leanstation wagon with an increased ride height. The Encore, built in South Korea on the bones of the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic, is 4.4 inches taller than the BMW but has a smaller footprint than Buick's own Verano, resulting in an awkward hatchback shape.
Each employs styling cues that have trickled down from other models in the range. The Buickflaunts a waterfall chrome grille, chrome wheels, blue-tinged headlights, and, naturally, "ventiports" on the hood. The BMW wears sharp body creases, geometric taillights, and a steeply angled rear windshield. It is taut, precise, and tidy in comparison to the Buick's soft curves and squished proportions.
The BMW feels tauter than the Buick from the behind the wheel, too. Communicative steering and a positively sporty suspension allow you to place the X1 exactly where you want it, making for big fun on winding roads. It's the polar opposite of the Encore, which is let down by numb steering that aggressively springs back to center, a ride that floats and bounces, and body roll exaggerated by the high seating position. On the other hand, the Buick has a smooth, comfortable ride that soaks up every bump, and its light steering enhances maneuverability in the city.That makes us all the more frustrated with the way the X1's busy suspensiontelegraphs every pavement imperfection to the cabin. It's jarring on all but the most perfect roads. The weightysteering, so rewarding on twisting two-lanes,becomes a chore on tight downtown streets.
The X1 is likewise the more athletic in a straight line, thanks to its 240-hp,2.0-liter turbofour-cylinder. The engine and eight-speed automatic transmission make short work of any speed limit. If anything, it's unnecessarily fast for this type of car.No one will think that's the case with theEncore. A healthy amount of low-end torque helps it squirt through city traffic with ease, but the 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbo quickly runs out of steam as speed builds. At least the engine is quiet and its attendant six-speed automatic issmooth.
Ultimately, either car drives well enough for buyers who will spend their time traipsing around cities and suburbs. The more important test is whether the crossovers have adequate space for carpooling with friends and transporting Costco binges.Though the BMW offers more cargo capacity than the Buick on paper, with 27.6 versus 18.8 cubic feet, the Encore is roomier than it appears on the outside. Two suitcases fit in the cargo area even with the back seats raised, and tall rear-seat passengers suffer neither scraped knees norbanged heads.
Those passengers may suffer vehicular envy, however, when they see the BMW X1's handsome interior. Black, gray, and silver materials fit together perfectly to produce an air of sophistication. In theBuick, burnt-orange plastics elicit comparisons to spray-tanned skin, contours on the door panels and dashboard don't align, and visible gaps betray ill-fittingtrim pieces.Buick's bright, legible Intellilink display is let down by an annoyingly small joystick. The Encore's interior is pleasant, but just less cohesive than the BMW's.
Though we prefer the BMW X1's looks, performance, and interior, we find the Buick Encore is more in tune with this fledglingsegment's mission. Its isolated cabin and tidy dimensions are better suited to urban driving than the BMW's hefty steering and stiff suspension. The Encore is easier to drive in traffic, quieter, less punishing over rough roads, and nearly as spacious inside as the X1.Last but not least, there's the matter of price. Equipped with every option save a sunroof, our Encore's $32,320 sticker is still $1165 less than the starting price of an X1 xDrive28i. Adding equivalent features -- navigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, backup camera, satellite radio-- pushedour BMW tester's cost to $45,095. Is the prestige of parking a Roundel badge in your driveway worth the $12,865 leap between these models? Perhaps it is for empty nesters downsizing from a bigger crossover. But for members of Gen Y with an entry-level paycheck and five-figure student debt,the Buick -- despite the brand's geriatric reputation -- may be the right choice.
That the Encore isa legitimate contender to the X1 shows how much easier it is to improve a cheap car than to hold a luxury model down to a price. Starting with cheap, Korean-market underpinnings allowed Buick to keep the sticker low despite adding upscale trimmings. It was a greater challenge for BMW to craft an affordable car while preserving the qualities of its other models. The good news is that the X1 will not dilute BMW's brand cachet because it's just as rewarding to drive, look at, and ride in as the rest of the lineup. The bad newsis that the Encore is nearly as good for a whole lot less money. The Germans should be offended; the Americans, flattered.
Both companies, however, should feel vindicated for their decision to be the first on the U.S. market, where customers traditionally want as big a vehicle as they can afford. BMW sold 26,512 X1s in calendar 2013, the model's first full year in the U.S. market. Buick sold 31,956 Encores. That's not the smashing success both cars have enjoyed in Europe (where the Encore is sold as the Opel Mokka), but shows there is potential. Hipster parents, rejoice.
Specifications:

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i
Price as tested: $45,095
Engine: 2.0L I-4 turbo, 240 hp and 255 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Fuel Economy: 22/33/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Cargo space (seats up/down): 27.6/63.6 cubic feet
2013 Buick Encore AWD
Price as tested: $32,230
Engine: 1.4L I-4 turbo, 138 hp and 148 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Fuel Economy: 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Cargo space (seats up/down): 18.8/48.4 cubic feet
2013 BMW X1 Front Left Side View
So you'd love a small BMW but don't like the 1-series' impractical coupe body? You fancy yourself young and sophisticated and would buy a 135i if you could just get it in chic hot-hatch form? Well, we have good news: come this fall, you can get a subcompact 1-series hatchback with either four- or six-cylinder firepower. Even better news: it's cheaper than the 1-series coupe.
Here's the catch: you'll have to put up with an X badge, which of course means the new 2013 X1 isn't just a 1-series hatch, it's a 1-series hatch with a lift kit. A crossover, if you will. Oh, you think crossovers are stupid and you'd rather just have the hatch? Then you're probably not going to like the mandatory automatic transmission, either.
What looks at first like it might be the OMG RWD BMW GTI we've wanted for so long isn't actually a car for enthusiasts -- it's an aspirational vehicle for when your girlfriend's paychecks outgrow her Honda CR-V payments. Shame, that, because even though the X1 doesn't strike us as an enthusiast-friendly vehicle, it goes like the dickens. If you can overlook its crossover-ness (or look over it, as the X1's roof is 4.3 inches lower than a CR-V's) you might just like it.
The base X1 -- available for just $31,545 -- undercuts the 128i by $550, making it the least expensive BMW available in America. Filling barely half of the long engine compartment is the delightful N20 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, whose 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque more than fill the rear wheels with anger. Yup, the X1 is the first rear-wheel drive BMW to wear an X badge. That's cool, except you won't want this X1. It gets the best gas mileage (the Bavarian crystal ball predicts 24/33 mpg EPA ratings), but it's not the drift machine the rear-wheel drive layout implies. Even when turned off, stability control will allow no silly sideways shenanigans. And when you're driving along like a nun, you'll be praying to your local deity for some steering feel -- electric power steering has sacrificed it in the name of saving dinosaur juice.
So that leaves the X1 xDrive28i, the $33,245 base four-wheel drive version. Sure, it carries a $1700 premium over the rear-drive X1 and it loses 2 mpg city and 3 on the highway, but the extra dough and gas is worth it for the steering alone. See, the X1's four-wheel drive system resides in the place where parts of the electric steering system go -- so xDrive X1s have good, old-fashioned hydraulic assistance. If you're sitting at home and wondering why we're continually mourning the disappearance of hydraulic steering, go drive these two X1s back-to-back. The difference is like trading in your favorite late-night 1-900 number habit for a real girlfriend. Only one of them touches you back.
If you're a rear-drive purist maniac at the helm (and we're not judging here, either), you might want to invest in the M Sport Package so you can get BMW's Performance Control. That changes the AWD system's steady-state cornering balance by sending eighty percent of the engine's power to the rear. Paradoxically, it also includes staggered tires that induce howling understeer. Well, you can fix that with aftermarket wheels.
But wait, there's more! BMW is giving us a little present for having waited so patiently for the X1. See, the subcompact crossover went on sale in 2009, but worldwide demand was so great that there was no production capacity left for us. A new plant has just come online to manufacture Chinese-market X1s in China, and the freed-up capacity in BMW's Regensburg, Germany plant is now at our disposal. The gift for waiting is six delicious cylinders under the hood -- an engine that no other country will get in the X1.
The X1 xDrive35i comes exclusively with all-wheel drive and costs $39,345. (That's $850 cheaper than a 135i with rear-wheel drive, by the way.) In place of BMW's new (and still somewhat cumbersome) shifter is the old PNRDL -- and that's a sign that you're also getting last-generation goods in the transmission department too. See, the 300-hp N55 straight-six is bolted to the old six-speed automatic, which was the benchmark transmission in its day. By contrast, the four-cylinder gets ZF's latest 8-speed, which is the benchmark transmission today -- and there's a lot more going on than just having two additional gears. First, the 8-speed can tolerate automatic start/stop -- which helps fuel economy in city traffic. The turbo four produces only about fifteen percent less peak torque than the six, and it weighs considerably less. As a result, the 35i feels no faster off the line, and its six-speed transmission has a much shorter top gear -- meaning the six-cylinder is spinning much more quickly on the highway. That doesn't help efficiency, and EPA ratings drop accordingly. BMW says the six is a full second faster to 60 mph (achieving the stunt in 5.3 seconds versus 6.3 for the four-wheel drive four-cylinder) but it sure doesn't feel faster. The four-cylinder xDrive28i is definitely the X1 to get.
Finding a pothole on a German road is like discovering a smooth road in Manhattan -- not going to happen -- so we'll know more about the X1's ride once we drive one at home. It felt firm but not harsh, however, and the remainder of the X1 works extraordinarily well. The cabin is well finished, with only the occasional hard plastic to be found. The rear seats are split 40/20/40, and fold flat to create a large load floor. The total cargo capacity isn't quite as large as the upcoming 3-series wagon's, but if buyers really cared about rational things like practicality, we'd all be driving wagons and hatchbacks, not crossovers.
Best of all, the X1 is based on the 1-series, which means itself was based on the last-generation E90-chassis 3-series. Getting some seat time in the X1 reminded us just how much better the old 3-series worked. Sure, it doesn't have quite as many gadgets and gizmos -- and neither the 1-series, the X1, nor the old 3-series is as pretty as the new 3-series -- but those earlier cars have a fundamental, built-in "just right" factor. The steering, the brakes, the ride, the handling, and all the secondary controls and instruments just feel perfect. The volume control is on the correct (left) side of the steering wheel; the cruise control is an easy-to-operate stalk. You don't have to select some ridiculous "Eco Pro" mode to save fuel or "Sport" to waste it -- you just start the X1 and it drives right. Just like the last 3-series did.
So if you'd like to have a hot-hatch based on the last 3-series, but with BMW's latest generation of engine and transmission, the X1 xDrive28i makes one hell of a package. Even if it's not the quite hot hatch you've wanted all these years.
2013 BMW X1
2013 BMW X1

New For 2013

The X1 is not an all-new model (it’s been out elsewhere since 2009), but it is brand-new to the U.S. market. It’s smaller than an X3, and it’s the least expensive BMW you can buy, undercutting the 1-series coupe by a couple hundred dollars.

Overview

BMW has been talking about bringing its subcompact X1 SUV to America for years, but strong demand in other markets kept the X1 from our shores. Now it’s finally here. Perhaps as compensation for waiting, we’re getting one version you can’t buy elsewhere: the six-cylinder xDrive35i. It comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. Although it’s the quickest X1, it’s also the thirstiest. We prefer the xDrive28i, which uses BMW’s excellent direct-injected, 2.0-liter turbo four. Its 260 lb-ft of torque nearly equal the six-cylinder’s 300 lb-ft, and acceleration to 60 mph is just a tick behind. Auto stop/start helps the 28i achieve better fuel economy in the city, and an eight-speed automatic transmission helps make it more efficient on the highway. There’s a rear-wheel-drive version of the X1, the sDrive28i. It uses the same turbo four and gets even better mileage (33 mpg on the highway). Unfortunately, it alone among the X1 variants has numb, electric power steering, which is anathema to a true BMW. For those who aren’t bothered by that, the sDrive28i is the lowest-priced BMW you can buy—although its standard-equipment list is lacking. Actually, all versions of the X1 are less expensive than equivalent 1-series, which should make the X1 as popular here as it has been elsewhere.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; a tire-pressure monitor; and hill-descent control are standard. Rear- and sideview cameras and lane-departure warning are available. Xenon adaptive headlamps are included on the 35i and are optional on the 28i. BMW Assist is optional.

You'll like:

  • Bargain price
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

You won't like:

  • Expected luxuries are optional
  • xDrive35i not much cheaper than an X3

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW X1

  • Infiniti EX35
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK
  • Mini Cooper S Countryman
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2013 BMW X1 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
Horsepower:
241 hp @ 5000rpm
Torque:
258 ft lb of torque @ 1250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Maintenance
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
76,191
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
76,191
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
8,988
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
8,988
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 BMW X1

Depreciation
38.1%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$15,445
38.1%
Insurance
$7,025
17.3%
Fuel Cost
$9,797
24.2%
Financing
$3,029
7.5%
Maintenance
$2,467
6.1%
Repair Costs
$2,360
5.8%
State Fees
$414
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $40,537 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average