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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:43 PM
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2013 X1 sDrive28 3000 mile review

I crossed over the 3000 mile mark just about 3 weeks after picking up the car at the PDC on March 21st with my dad (I asked my wife if she wanted to drive across the country with me first - and she looked at me like I was crazy). The first 2800 miles occurred in 5 days heading from South Carolina to California.

Here are the specs:

2013 X1 sDrive28
Alpine White with Black leather
Light Fine Line Wood trim
M-Sport Line
Ultimate package (premium/driver assistance/technology)
Servotronic
Lighting package
Harman Kardon
M Sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters (yep - I got them)
19" Style 225M wheels


The PDC experience was a great way to start off a car owning experience - it doesn't get much better than testing out a car just like yours on the test track (almost). Willie was our delivery specialist and she knew all the features of the car. The car was right inside the building when we got out of the bus. Pretty exciting see it early.

This is my 4th BMW. I've been driving a 2001 330ci for the last 12 years. I had a 2007 X3 and my wife currently drives a 2013 X3 (that I get to drive on the weekends). The X1 is the second car I've purchased from Greg Poland at Pacific BMW. Greg is a class act and if you are thinking about buying a BMW I would give him a call.

In many ways the X1 is a combination of X3 and the 330ci. Handling, driver position, and size all are a munching of the X3 and 330. My 330ci was one of the first bmws that came with the "boosted" steering. The steering rack was replaced under warranty with one that required a lot more force. The X1 is easier to turn in the parking lot but it feels more solid at highway speeds. Overall I think the steering feeling in the X3 is slightly better, but it isn't something I'm too concerned with. It is way better than 2010 Infiniti EX that we got rid of in November. I drove a X5d at the PDC and I thought it was the best of the bunch.

Technology wise the car is much better than my 2001 330ci, but not quite as good as the X3.

idrive - X3 has more buttons and the overall function seems better. the LCD screen below the tach is nice in the X3 as well.
Dynamic Handling Package - I got the DHP on the X3 and it is amazing. The ability to move from comfort to sport is awesome. The X1 reminds me of the 330ci as far as suspension -better than I expected.
tailgate - auto down on the tailgate is missing
cruise control - cruise control on the X1 is stupid. Both the 330ci and X3 controls are much better. There are a least 2 people on the highway that think I'm a big jerk for flashing hi-beams at them when i meant to slow down on the cruise control
Overall steering button controls are poor - especially compared to the X3. Out of all the buttons in the car, I'm pretty sure the auto/manual/ air circulation button is the least pressed. It doesn't need to be on the steering wheel.
auto-high beam - The X1 has it while we don't have it on the X3. I had it go on once on the trip outside of Odessa Texas. I'm looking forward to testing it out some more, but most of my driving has been daylight and city lights.
Parking Distance control and all around camera - again, the X3 has it covered. I was surprised the X1 didn't even have the "guide lines" on the single backup camera.
Auto Start/Stop - I've heard lots of complaints about this. Our X3 came with "last" set configured from the dealership. I keep it configured to turn off at lights. I live in the world of multi-minute red lights and I love hearing the motor turn off.
bmw assist - the ability to send destinations to the car with google maps is great. I wished I had used it to send the location of the hotel in Odessa. It seems google maps had the correct location while the built it NAV had us 6 miles out in the middle of nowhere.
NAV - leaves quite a bit to be desired. The screen is awesome and the controls are awesome. It just fails when it comes to directions. I don't think it has ever said the street name. Quality of directions is also questionable - I've seen some crazy routes (in both the 2013 X3 and X1). It seems to think city streets are much faster than they are. I'm learning to not trust the traffic and to check google maps or even apple maps instead. It is also unclear when a route is getting changed due to traffic vs when you are going way out of the way due to crappy routing.

Interior - I've heard the interior described as cheap compared to other BMWs. It doesn't feel like a 5 Series inside, but I wouldn't describe it as cheap. There were some obvious material choice compromises. The material above the instrument panel on the dash is pretty hard compared to the 330 and X3. The door panels aren't as refined as well. I'm pretty happy with it. My main wish was that we could get the cloth and Alcantera that is available in other countries. Very soon I'm going to need to put a car seat in the back - it is going to be much easier in the X3/X1 than in the 330ci. It looks like I can get the car seat in the middle of the X3 but probably just behind the passenger seat in the X1. I'm 6'4" and I think the X1 has better legroom than the X3 and 330ci. The seats are great, but my knees did start to hurt quite a bit on the last day of driving - the X1 is probably the best car I've been able to fit in. But to put it in prospective - we had been sitting in the car for up to 930 miles per day.

Exterior - I really like how it looks. No issues there. M-Sport package really looks good in Alpine White. My 2nd choice was Le Mans Blue, but it might be too attention grabbing.

Engine / transmission / sDrive-- I don't need all-wheel drive. I've driven in the snow once in the last 12 years. I was really happy when I found out the X1 was going to have a sDrive version available. I would have been happy to get the X3 with sDrive as well. There isn't much to be said about the engine and transmission that hasn't been said already. I'm super happy with the gas mileage. I averaged over 28 mpg on the trip back - most of it in 70-75mph zones. In a stretch of 55 mph road outside of Phoenix I hit 35.6 mpg over a 40 mile stretch. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get a full tank at 33 mpg at reasonable speeds. Speed did seem to hurt the mileage a lot. The 8 speed transmission is awesome. The transmission is a massive improvement over the 6 speed that we had in the 2007 X3. The 330ci has a much better exhaust note.

Overall - I'm really happy with the car. I like driving it to work and I'm looking forward to some more longer trips in it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:34 AM
cwickberg cwickberg is online now
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good review

it looks like we are going for the Msport Lighting and Technology package only, don't want/need sunroof and am willing to have leatherette...

Will likely not go for the 19" wheels/tires, but definitely want the sport seats and paddles. Coming out of a 5 series wagon, so i am sure there will be a little let down in "luxury", but not so much...

Great reveiw
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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I think the leatherette will be fine. The main reason I got the premium package is the dimming mirrors and garage door opener and it seems to be the only way to get it. I would be ok without the sunroof as well as I never have it open.

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:40 AM
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Parking Distance control and all around camera - again, the X3 has it covered. I was surprised the X1 didn't even have the "guide lines" on the single backup camera..
You can go into options to enable the guide lines and object detection graphics.

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It is also unclear when a route is getting changed due to traffic vs when you are going way out of the way due to crappy routing.
My navigation tells me it's re-routing. It may be another option to select I forget.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:49 PM
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Cool -- I turned on the guide lines ... and it is looking more familiar to the X3 now.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:00 PM
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My navigation tells me it's re-routing. It may be another option to select I forget.
Yep, dynamic routing or something to that effect.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:46 PM
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Doesn't X1 also have this comfort mode?
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ce.aspx?Id=603

How's the road noise compared to X3? and engine chatter sound of the turbo 4?
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:47 AM
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Great review. I'm glad to see the mpg's you were able to achieve. I have read many posts about 24-26 mpg. The fact that you were able to maintain 28 mpg at 70-75 mph helps my decision. I do a 20 mile commute in 50-55 mph zones so I never am able to get much above 65 mph. If I could get 30 mpg at 55mph I would buy the car. For now I'm on hold until the diesel sportwagon comes out in July.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:46 AM
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Great review. I'm glad to see the mpg's you were able to achieve. I have read many posts about 24-26 mpg. The fact that you were able to maintain 28 mpg at 70-75 mph helps my decision. I do a 20 mile commute in 50-55 mph zones so I never am able to get much above 65 mph. If I could get 30 mpg at 55mph I would buy the car. For now I'm on hold until the diesel sportwagon comes out in July.
I able to average 32 MPG at 65 MPH average and 30 MPG at 75 MPH average on the HWY (according to the trip computer). This is with the A/C on but no passing (ECO PRO OFF). Just staying in one lane an maintaining a good following distance. The downside is that my city MPG is only ~18 MPG (less if I really get on it when accelerating). My combined average MPG is 24.

I have the BMS Stage 1 tune but have not noticed any mileage differences since installing (I'm not a street racer so I don't take advantage of the extra power too often).
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:58 AM
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I have the BMS Stage 1 tune but have not noticed any mileage differences since installing (I'm not a street racer so I don't take advantage of the extra power too often).
Nice to hear. I was very curious about that.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:17 AM
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I also compared the trip computer to actual gas filled up to make sure I wasn't getting an inaccurate number. The trip computer was very accurate - within 0.2 mpg.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:28 AM
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Doesn't X1 also have this comfort mode?
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ce.aspx?Id=603

How's the road noise compared to X3? and engine chatter sound of the turbo 4?
My X1 doesn't have a button like that. There is a button for turning eco mode on and off - next to the DSC button and under the radio. The picture in the link looks like it is next to the gear shift, and I don't have anything there.

Road noise is higher than the X3. I wish I had my old sound pressure meter to compare. I've noticed a bigger difference with the same car with different tires than between the x1 and x3.

The chatter sound of the 4 is most noticeable when you aren't in the car. I don't pay much attention do it with normal driving.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:42 PM
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The X1 has the same basic instruments and controls as the current 1 series, current X5 and former 3 and 5 series. The iDrive should be the same as the X3's though.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:26 PM
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The X1 is a tweener. It has ECO PRO and ASS. However, the iDrive has more in common with the E82 and E90 LCI/Combox than the F series iDrive. I was a little disappointed to find so much missing vs my parent's 2012 328i.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:49 AM
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The X1 is a tweener. It has ECO PRO and ASS. However, the iDrive has more in common with the E82 and E90 LCI/Combox than the F series iDrive. I was a little disappointed to find so much missing vs my parent's 2012 328i.
This is the reason for the lower price on an X1 vs an F30 328i. It's a great vehicle but is using an older chassis and technology (except the drivetrain).
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