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2013 BMW X1 Review

The 2013 BMW X1 has an excellent standard powertrain and nimble handling. It also has a much lower cost of ownership than its competitors in this very small class.     

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Strong turbocharged base engine
  • Excellent fuel economy for the class
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Limited rear-seat legroom




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.8
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2013 BMW X1 Overview

Is the 2013 BMW X1 a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 BMW X1 is a very good choice for a luxury subcompact SUV. Performance-minded shoppers, in particular, will find much to like. The X1 has powerful standard and available turbocharged engines, and the base engine sips fuel. The X1 also offers sporty handling and takes on corners with precision and poise. Its cabin features first-rate materials and excellent construction, but tall passengers won’t want to sit in the cramped back seats for very long.

Used 2013 BMW X1 Performance and Interior

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.

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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. 

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Used 2013 BMW X1 Prices

The average price for the front-wheel-drive 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is nearly $15,600. The all-wheel-drive BMW X1 xDrive35i model with a six-cylinder engine typically costs about $19,600. Your final price, however, may vary depending on the vehicle’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 22 BMW X1 reviews for this 2013 X1 overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 BMW X1?

The 2013 BMW X1 has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the X1?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 X1 a Top Safety Pick and gave it the top rating of Good in four crash evaluations (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). It earned the IIHS' second-highest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash test. The BMW X1 has not received crash test evaluations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BMW offers the 2013 X1 with no standard active safety features, but it’s available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Is the 2013 X1 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The BMW X1 launched in 2013. This luxury subcompact SUV received no significant upgrades in 2014 or 2015. Stick with the 2013 model; it will probably cost less than the newer models, and you won’t sacrifice any features.

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Which Used BMW X1 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 BMW X1 has three trims: the rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i and all-wheel-drive xDrive28i and xDrive35i models. The sDrive28i base model comes with an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port. The BMW X1 xDrive35i adds a standard moonroof.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned X1. The BMW CPO program is offered on vehicles up to five years old and with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 BMW X1 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 BMW X1 or 2013 BMW X3?

These BMW SUVs have a lot in common, but the larger luxury compact X3 is the better option. It has plenty of legroom in both rows, as well as an extra 15 cubic feet of cargo space. The BMW X3 comes with a couple more standard features, including the iDrive infotainment system and satellite radio. Both models have the same base and available powertrains, but the X3 comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is great for driving on rough or slick surfaces. 

Which Is Better: 2013 BMW X1 or 2013 Range Rover Evoque?

Between these two luxury subcompact SUVs, the BMW X1 will prove the better option for many. It has a higher reliability rating, a lower average sale price, and higher fuel economy estimates. Additionally, we named the X1 our 2013 Best Luxury Subcompact SUV for the Money. If you want to go off-road, however, the Evoque is the better vehicle to buy.

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