2023 BMW X1 Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 BMW X1? What does it compare to?

BMW’s entry-level compact SUV, the X1 has seating for five and a perky turbo-4, as well as all-wheel drive. It takes on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA- and GLB-Class, the Audi Q3, and the Volvo XC40.

Is the 2023 BMW X1 a good car/SUV?

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It’s a fine entry luxury choice in a simple package that offers good power, a smooth ride, and the latest technology. It earns a TCC Rating of 6.4 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2023 BMW X1?

Everything. The X1 is redesigned for 2023. It returns as a single model called X1 xDrive28i with standard all-wheel drive. It grows slightly in length, width, height, and wheelbase, and gets a new design inside and out. The engine receives a power bump, and the chassis is tweaked for better control. 

The X1’s new look is more upright. It’s highlighted by a larger twin-kidney grille with larger grille sections that look more square. Roof rails come standard, as do 18-inch wheels, with 19s and 20s available. 

Inside, the X1 takes on the tech-rich look of the iX electric SUV. It has a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen under one piece of glass, a floating center console, and an uptick in materials quality, though leather upholstery isn’t even on the options list. It gets a little more space to better carry four adults and their stuff, but it still lacks the width to carry five well.

Under the hood sits an upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-4 that now makes 241 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That power flows through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels and pushes the little SUV from 0-60 mph in a tidy 6.2 seconds. The power comes on quickly and smoothly, and is one of the X1’s strengths. It’s fairly efficient, too, at 28 mpg combined, but the X1 doesn’t offer an electric or hybrid option.

BMW builds the X1 on an updated version of the platform from the outgoing model. The changes are minor, but they give more control to a vehicle that was already easy to handle around town. It’s not as sporty as the larger X3, but it has a smooth ride and it’s very pleasant to drive.

How much does the 2023 BMW X1 cost?

The X1 xDrive28i starts at $39,595. It comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, satellite radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Autos, and ambient interior lighting. We recommend adding the $4,200 Premium package, which gets some key safety features, as well as niceties that include a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, an interior camera, a Harmon Kardon audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and a head-up display.

Standard safety features consist of automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active blind-spot monitors, and front and rear parking sensors. Buyers can also get a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, active lane control, and automatic parking.

Where is the 2023 BMW X1 made?

In Germany.

(With Inputs from highgearmedia)

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