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BMW X1 quick take | Consumer Reports

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The least-expensive BMW, the X1 is a compact five-seat SUV that slots below the X3. Based on the previous-generation 3 Series, the X1 is quite sporty to drive, but ride comfort is on the stiff side and the steering is heavy at low speeds. Check our blog for more details: http://bit.ly/WDCkC4

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  1. I don't think he was referring to the gear shifter, but manual transmission sometimes called a stick shift or stick for short.

  2. overpriced, you guys should do a comparison with it and the mazda cx 5. I think the mazda would win in every category.

  3. BMW's are painfully overpriced cars for show-offs. The Japanese or even the Koreans offer a much better car for a lot less….

  4. It's a spectacular lack of common sense to have a person that clearly views vehicles as appliances, to review cars. Cars are more than transportation. We established that in the 50s.
    It doesn't say "two point eight" It says 28 Big difference. Also it's not "diesel clatter" It'd have to be a diesel to have diesel clatter. It's clatter.

  5. Stop saying the exact same thing about each BMW you test… iDRIVE sucks.. its harder to use… maybe so for baby boomers! but most of us part of Gen X and Gen Y like these systems and iDrive has improved a lot over the past 5 years or so. I would even argue its the best infotainment system in the market compared to that of Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

  6. I bet you never owned BMW. One who did will see the difference. You are trying to make a comment about something you never experienced.

  7. Consumer Reports doesn't like a BMW?! I'm shocked!
    (I'm really not. You spout the same nonsense about every one of them.)

  8. In all the reviews I have read and seen, none state anything about what I call "transition" in getting in and out of vehicles. For me, this is an issue, personal preference, the X1 one is at a near perfect height for me in that respect. Ordered and waiting for it's arrival. 2014 🙂 Excited to say the least.

  9. no iDrive is nowhere near being the best out there, it is still among the worst even with the improvements……..iDrive really does suck

  10. Cnet didn't like this car either. It's a piece of shit, that what happens when you build "luxury cars" for $350 a month, they become cheaper. Audi Q3 is way better built

  11. This car (SAV in BMW's materials) is what I would call a true cross over car. 
    What it is not:
     – A Sedan
     – A SUV or Sports Utility Vehicle
     – A Station Wagon
    What it is:
    It is an 'sport' 'activity' 'vehicle'! It truly defines these three categories. Compared with a 3 series, it gives you a little more interior room and height. Yet, it handles as sporty as the 328 sedan. It's X-drive allows you to drive over more terrain than any 4 cylinder sedan and compact SUT/SUV like Fusion, Dart, Jetta, Passat, Audi A4, RAV-4, CR-V and even VW Tiguan. It is not a contender to Jeep's 4×4 system, however it will stack very nicely against Jeep new Cherokee, Compass with their 4×2 system.
    It is a contender vs the Audi Q5, however, a little less tall and powerful, but also less expensive.
    This is a BMW car, which means, people who based their car purchasing decision to the joy of driving. If you're in the market for a Mercedes Benz CLA, an Audi A3 or A4, a BMW 1 or 3 Series, a VW Tiguan or Passat. And you know what is like to step on the pedal and feel the road that you leave behind, this is a vehicle for you.
    Finally, If you're of height 5'10 or less, average built (not more than 25% overweight) and love driving a car that truly makes a statement of design, style and fun, this is the car for you.

    TO THE EDITORS OF CONSUMER REPORTS:
    I understand this post as a direct comparison of features, however not understanding the intent or why the cost reflects the brand. If you purchase catsup/ketchup, you'll find many options on the aisle, all of the ingredients would be almost the same, tomato, high fructose syrup, water and condiments. So why do people prefer Hunts over store brand, or Heinz over Hunts, or any other store brand over just eating tomatoes with sugar, if it is all the same? That's what this comparison really looked like. Please understand that if you really only wanted a car to take you from place to place, you'd only get the bare minimum essential, an engine four wheels and that's it.
    A comparison should not include simply a list of features but an understanding of what those are and how they compare. By putting an older woman at the wheel you're attaching a bias and subjectivity to the market. Why not put that same old lady on all your car reviews?
    Cars are not accessories, and just like that, cars can deliver excitement and the joy of driving.

  12. People who are saying Audi Q3 is better, either haven't driven a Q3 or have no clue what they are talking about. So, here's a brief comparison, now you tell me how it is better than X1. Comparison between Audi Q3 (left) and BMW X1 xdrive 28i (right) as follows:

    1. 200hp & 206lb.ft vs. 240hp & 260lb.ft

    2. 20/28 mpg vs. 23/33 mpg

    3. 6.6" vs 7.0" ground clearance

    4. $43,000 vs $41,000 (similar specs)

    5. 1yr/5000mi vs 4yr/50,000 miles coverage

    6. 0-60 in 8.2s vs. 6.2s

    7. Cargo space 19.2cu.ft./ 48cu.ft (seats folded) vs. 26cu.ft/ 56cu.ft

    We test drove Q3, X1, Q5, X3, Forester (cabin noise above 70mph), Outback, GLK 250, RDX, Lexus, Volvo V60, CX-5 (poor rear view angles and cabin noise).

    My wife and I were initially against the long-nosed BMW, because we love Audis. But the X11 completely changed our notion after driving it. Finally, we got an used, low mileage 2014 BMW X1 xdrive 28i, fully loaded for $33.5K (pre-tax, fees etc.). We are extremely happy with it, till now.

    I really loved the Q5 TDI but the price even for used cars are $50K for premium plus trim. I think Q1 is the best compromise of power, gas mileage, space, speed and comforts, all taken together. Drive the X1 xdrive 28i and let me know.

  13. Such a negative review for such a great cross-over.  Consumer Reports "doesn't get it".

  14. this Consumer Reports reviewer should only be allowed to review compact cars, he's the stingiest and least sophisticated car reviewer out there. Actually, he should only be reviewing kitchen appliances…

  15. I have the 3.5i X1 and it's rocking fun and fast. That why you want this car. Oh yea, I can haul my golf/ski gear for 2 with no hassles.

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