The redesigned BMW X1: For less than $40,000, the roomy little SUV is your luxury car starter

The BMW X1 is the entry-level SUV from BMW BMW,
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range, and it’s all new for 2023 with a new engine, new technology and standard all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $38,600.

For an authentic German luxury SUV that won’t break the bank, the BMW X1 is an attractive choice. This subcompact SUV offers modern tech features and a lively engine while keeping the starting price below $40,000. One of the biggest updates for the 2023 model is standard all-wheel drive, likely to rival the Audi Q3. The X1 is also quite roomy for a small luxury SUV of this size, giving it a nice measure of practicality. If you’re new to the world of luxury cars, the X1 is a great place to start.

2023 BMW X1 Price

Prices for the 2023 BMW X1 start at $38,600. $995 destination charge applies to all X1 models.

The X1 is priced similarly to the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. A few more affordable options in this class include the Lexus UX and Volvo VLVLY,
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XC40.

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Driving 2023 BMW X1

We have not driven the all-new 2023 BMW X1 as of this writing. We will update this part of the review as soon as we do. We expect this to be an improvement over the outgoing model, which was a fun-to-drive SUV with quick acceleration and nimble handling.

BMW X1 2023

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Interior comfort

The newly designed interior of the BMW X1 is premium and high-tech. Below-average seat comfort was a weak point of the outgoing X1, and BMW says the new model’s seats offer “improved comfort over long distances”. There is also more interior space, especially more shoulder room.

The standard iDrive infotainment system, Live Cockpit Plus digital gauge cluster and “floating” armrest with an integrated control panel all contribute to the high-tech feel inside the X1. Sleek design and premium materials remind you more that you are in a high-quality luxury SUV.

The X1 is one of the most spacious SUVs in its class, with rear seats suitable for adults and a fairly generous cargo area.

Exterior styling

The all-new BMW X1 looks bolder and more modern than its predecessor, but we wouldn’t call it radically different. That’s not a bad thing – its boxy shape is a big reason why it’s so roomy. The new X1 continues with traditional design elements such as the BMW grille, while having a decidedly modern look.

If you’re going for a sportier look, consider the M Sport package. Along with an Adaptive M suspension, it adds two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, Shadowline exterior trim and an aerodynamic body kit.

The X1 has been slightly larger for 2023 and sits on the larger side of the subcompact SUV segment. Its dimensions are similar to the Audi Q3 and Lexus UX, while the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Volvo XC40 are slightly smaller.

Favorite features

iDrive 8 infotainment system
The standard iDrive 8 infotainment system has a curved screen filled with Android Auto, Apple AAPL,
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CarPlay and navigation with extended view available.

Standard four-wheel drive
The xDrive all-wheel drive system is now standard on every X1. This improves dry grip and gives the X1 more secure traction on snowy roads.

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Standard functions

The BMW X1 is well equipped at the entry level. There is technically only one version of the X1 – xDrive28i. Every 2023 X1 in the US has the same powertrain. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that directs power to all four wheels.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (with cornering lights) and taillights, low-profile roof rails, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, high-gloss black interior trim, and satin-brushed aluminum. Line exterior trim.

The standard infotainment system is the iDrive 8 system with a 10.7-inch curved screen that flows into the 10.25-inch Live Cockpit Plus digital gauge cluster. Other standard tech features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation and SiriusXM SIRI,
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Standard X1 safety and driver assistance technology features include Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, parking sensors and automatic high beams.

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Factory settings

Although there is only one version of the X1, there is no shortage of individual options and option packages to make it your own.

An available Premium Package makes the X1 more luxurious by adding features such as a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, Harman Kardon premium sound system, wireless charger, 360-degree camera, 3D view with augmented reality overlays for navigation, parking system Assistant Plus, and more .

Drivers looking for more safety technology will appreciate the professional driver assistance package. This adds advanced traffic jam assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane assist, evasive assist and forward cross-traffic alert.

Consider the M Sport package if you want a premium SUV on the sporty side. It’s primarily an exterior and interior appearance package, but also adds Adaptive M suspension for a more engaging ride.

Various individual options include sports seats, open-pore eucalyptus wood, remote start, universal garage door opener and more.

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Engine and transmission

The only engine option under the hood of the BMW X1 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. On paper, this engine increases horsepower and torque over the outgoing X1’s engine. As of this writing, we do not have official fuel economy ratings for the new X1.

Every BMW X1 is equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
241 horsepower at 4,500-6,500 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm
EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: N/A

This story originally took place on KBB.com.

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