2013 BMW X1

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The 2013 BMW X1 is a compact SUV that’s designed for an active family. Car Coach Lauren Fix takes a closer look.

Model — 2013 BMW X1 xDrive
MPG — 24 City / 34 Hwy
Engine — 2.0L 4 cylinder engine
Optional: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
Price — Starts at $30,800

The all-new 2013 BMW X1 comes in a rear-wheel drive base model that has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the highest trim has a six-cylinder engine.

The X1’s cabin seats five, and its standard tech features, like Bluetooth, HD Radio and a USB port, are typical of the class. Safety, performance, higher quality interior materials and technology packages are available.

Our test vehicle was equipped with all-wheel drive and a 2.0L engine. We liked the strong engine and roomy cabin, even though it’s a compact SUV. Its sedan-like dynamics, good fuel economy, great technology and BMW Connected Drive makes this a fun daily driver and weekend warrior vehicle.

The X1 models can be further outfitted with a Harman/Kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio, distance control with a rearview camera to aid with parking, and a collision-warning system. The M Sport package offers a sport suspension, sport seats and wood or aluminum interior trim.

Our long test drive from Buffalo to New York City proved that the BMW offers a smooth ride, and is easy on gasoline. The seats were comfortable and the great visibility made you feel in command of the road. The massive sunroof really gave a more open cabin feel. There was plenty of storage and a great sound system as well.

Competes with:
•2013 Ford Escape
•2013 Kia Sorento
•2013 Acura RDX
•2013 Range Rover Evoque

The all-new 2013 BMW X1 may not have enough cargo space for everyone, but its precise steering and high-quality interior won’t disappoint. This car is fun to drive for any active family. For more details, just head to www.BMW.com.

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