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January 23, 2013

2013 BMW X1 Road Test Review

2013 BMW x1 Crossover Road Test  by Martha Hindes - Road & Travel Magazine's 2013 CUV Buyer's Guide

by Martha Hindes

There's this song that's been around for awhile you've probably heard calledAnticipation. Something about “keepin' me waitin'” and such stuff we think most folks can relate to. We also suspect it's been a theme song for BMW aficionados who've breathlessly waited for launch day to arrive. If you have a 2013 BMW X1 sports activity vehicle in your sites, wait no more. The newest, smallest crossover -- also known as “SAV” (for sports activity vehicle) in BMW speak -- has arrived. And we think Carly Simon would love it. We do.

At first glance this is all BMW, from the signature double kidney grille framed with winged headlamp housings to the inherent grunt feel it exudes even when standing still. While finally reaching American shores after satisfying BMW addicts in foreign lands, it takes its proper place in the local BMW lineup and positions itself as the elitist version of a compact crossover against such rivals as newly redesigned Acura RDX, Ford's Escape, and other small, multi-tasking CUV people pleasers. It hasn't be missing for a lack of interest, but because BMW gave the Leipsig, Germany-built vehicle world-wide exposure before making it available to American buyers. With many Americans now trending toward smaller vehicles, we're finally at the head of the list. To continue the review, click here.


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