This fuel economy rating applies to the base X1 sDrive28i, which has a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The xDrive28i comes with the same engine and transmission, but its all-wheel drive lowers its fuel economy ratings to 22/33 mpg. The xDrive35i has a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower and comes with all-wheel drive. Its gas mileage is significantly lower compared with the rest of the model line, at 18/27 mpg.
Kicking Tires says the 2013 BMW X1 is similar to luxury compact SUVs like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, but the xDrive28i’s fuel economy ratings are significantly higher. The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque hasn’t been rated by the EPA yet, but the 2012 model gets 18/28 mpg city/highway with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 240 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. The 2013 Buick Encore is comparable to the X1 in terms of size, and even with its less powerful 140-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, the Encore’s fuel economy ratings of 25/33 mpg are similar to the base X1’s. However, the BMW X1 uses premium fuel, so it is likely to have higher annual fuel costs than the Encore.
The 2013 X1 is on sale now and starts at $30,650.
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