The BMW X1, now in its third generation, has been completely redesigned for 2023 with comprehensive improvements to its chassis, powertrain, and interior. An elegantly crafted exterior conceals a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The revamped interior features a slightly larger size than last year and all the latest modern technology, including the BMW Curved Display and iDrive8 infotainment system. The X1 has always been the ideal compact SUV for those who prefer the handling and drive of a sedan, and that hasn't changed with the redesign. While the suspension is tuned more for comfort than sportiness, the car's refined handling and responsive steering enable it to navigate corners with ease and deliver a solid 6.2 second 0-60mph time.
The 2023 BMW X1 comes with a spirited turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 295 ft-lb of torque. The newly refreshed powertrain is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, reaching 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. BMW claims the suspension has also been redesigned to improve handling and stability. The M Sport Package adds additional performance-enhancing features such as an adaptive suspension system, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, more aggressively bolstered seats, a unique steering wheel, and sporty exterior tweaks. .
The new BMW X1 is larger and more spacious than its predecessor, with a well-neaded increase in passenger space. The interior design is more modern and luxurious, with a toggle-switch shift lever, a floating center console, an all-digital dashboard, and designer elements such as textured speaker grilles. All models come with dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and a power liftgate. A panoramic sunroof is part of the optional Convenience package, while heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are standalone options.
Inside, the X1's abundance of tech and infotainment is highlighted by BMW's Curved Display with iDrive8 operating system. This system is effortless to use and comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Additional standard features include adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and start, leatherette upholstery, power front seats, and automatic climate control. Available features include heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and wireless smartphone charging.
When it comes to safety, the X1 comes standard with automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with active lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, speed limit information, and front and rear parking sensors. Also standard is BMW Assist eCall, which automatically contacts emergency services if an airbag deploys or the emergency fuel cutoff switch is triggered.
The X1 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty which is about average for the luxury compact SUV class. It also comes with complimentary scheduled maintenance for three years/36000 miles which is above average.
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