BMW’s entry-level SUV, the X1, has been a favorite of ours for some time thanks to its agile handling, eager nature, and practical shape. The 2023 model has received a complete redesign that looks to be a comprehensive upgrade over last year’s model, with improvements to its chassis, powertrain, and interior. A new 241-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine is under the hood and is paired with standard all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike its main rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-class, the X1 remains a two-row SUV, but its slightly larger exterior dimensions have translated to extra space inside the cabin according to BMW. Speaking of the interior, it’s updated with a more modern design and the latest tech features, including the brand’s iDrive 8 infotainment setup. The 2023 X1 is due in dealers by the end of 2022, and we expect to test drive it shortly before it hits the market.
What’s New for 2023?
BMW has redesigned the X1 SUV for 2023. A more powerful four-cylinder engine resides behind a bolder dual-kidney grille. Its larger exterior dimensions promise slightly more interior space for passengers and cargo than the previous generation offered.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
This time around there’s only one trim to choose from, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive; the front-wheel drive sDrive28i version isn’t continuing on into the new generation. It’s possible a higher-performance M-badged model could be in the wings. The xDrive28i comes with plenty of standard equipment, but we’d suggest adding the optional Convenience package, which includes keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Like the outgoing model, the 2023 X1 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the new model boasts 241 horsepower, 13 more than before. All-wheel drive is standard this time around and the X1 also receives a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. BMW claims this refreshed powertrain gives the X1 enough pep to hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. BMW also says that the X1’s suspension has been redesigned to improve handling and stability.
An optional M Sport package—don’t get this confused with an M model, which may come later—adds performance-enhancing features such as an adaptive suspension system and steering-wheel mounted shift paddles. The M Sport package also adds more aggressively bolstered seats, a unique steering wheel, and several sporty-looking exterior tweaks. When we get a chance to test the new X1, we’ll update this story with test results.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for the 2023 X1 yet, but we expect it will deliver similar ratings to the 2022 model. That would mean around 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. When we have a chance to test the X1 on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, we’ll update this story with results. For more information about the X1’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2023 model is slightly longer, taller, and wider than the outgoing 2022 X1, so we expect only minor increases in passenger space as the previous model was already roomy for its size. The interior design is more modern this time around 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.
Infotainment and Connectivity
BMW has integrated its latest iDrive 8 infotainment system into its smallest SUV. Like the larger iX electric SUV and the flagship 7-series sedan, the X1’s digital dashboard is a crisp-looking single panel that serves as both gauge display and infotainment screen. Navigation is standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; SiriusXM satellite radio is also offered on all models.
A wireless smartphone charging pad is part of the optional Convenience package and the Premium package adds a head-up display, a Harman/Kardon stereo system, and a 360-degree exterior camera system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
All X1s come standard with basic driver-assistance features such as automated emergency braking and parking sensors, but more advanced tech is optional, including a self-parking feature and adaptive cruise control with lane centering. For more information about the X1’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring
- Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering feature
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW’s limited warranty and powertrain protection are ordinary for the class, but the company sweetens the deal with three years of free scheduled maintenance. The Lexus NX and Lincoln Corsair offer the same limited warranties, and they provide six-year or 70,000-mile powertrain coverage, but both come with shorter periods of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles