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The 2023 BMW X1 Just Put the Rest of the Compact Crossover Segment in Check

With new looks, a more powerful engine, and an updated iDrive 8 infotainment system, the 2023 X1 is an excellent upgrade for $38,600

BMW’s smallest SUV, the BMW X1 has been launched for the 2023 model year. The all-new 2023 X1 is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot from the outgoing generation. Still, the power increases to 241 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. In addition, the engine comes mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and xDrive AWD is now standard equipment. The outside looks more appealing with sharp visuals, and the X1 is now taller, wider, and longer. As a result, the interior is more spacious than the model it replaces. The cabin design has been updated, similar to the new 3 Series, thanks to the curved displays. For the starting price of $38,600, the BMW X1 comes off as a worthy entry-level option where it will compete with the Lexus UX, the Volvo XC40, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

The X1’s Exterior is Similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer

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The remarkable appearance is enhanced by the sleek LED headlights, and the broader kidney grilles.

The X1 might look a lot like the 2 Series AT, but that is not a problem since we don’t have it in the U.S. The front fascia is thoroughly updated with sharp LED headlights, more prominent and angular kidney grilles, along with a rugged-looking front bumper. As for the wheel sizes, you will either have the standard 18-inch models, or it can go up to 20 inches with the M Sport package.

The rear taillights on the new 2023 X1 are all LEDs, just like its predecessor. But they have gone slimmer and have taken the L-shape. The roofline flows smoothly to the rear, where there are winglet-like spoilers, but they are not as prominent as those on the Lotus Eletre.

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The rear has L-shaped LED taillights, a unique roof spoiler, a rugged-looking bumper. The exhaust pipes are hidden from plain sight.

As for the dimensions, the new third-gen X1 has grown a bit longer at 177.2 inches. It has also gained a slightly wider stance at 72.9 inches and is even 64.6 inches tall. In addition, BMW claims that the overall design has reduced the drag coefficient to 0.27.

More refined and streamlined cabin like most modern BMWs

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Inside the X1 sees a whole lot of changes. First is the iDrive 8 operated dual displays. The instrument console is a 10.25-inch display while the infotainment display measures 10.7 inches.

The X1 greets us with a new cabin layout for 2023, mainly because BMW has been more consistent in offering a modern-looking cabin after the all-electric iX launched in 2021. The first thing to notice is the curved dual displays, with the same floating effect we saw with the facelifted 3 Series. The driver information display measures 10.25 inches, while the screen for the infotainment measures 10.7 inches. Running the show here is the iDrive 8 system, which comes with enhanced graphics and tweaked intuitiveness. The steering wheel design is new, too, thanks to its sleeker appearance. The center console area is now split into two. The area which connects the dashboard has a wireless charging pad, two cup holders, and a storage space. The main control center with buttons and knobs floats with the center hand rest, a more ergonomic position.

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Due to the increased dimensions on the outside, BMW has managed to squeeze out more space for the passengers inside the cabin. For a small SUV, the new X1 should accommodate five people without much hassle. In addition, you can fold the rear seats to a 40/20/20 split to accommodate more luggage. Other important cabin features include a navigation system, Bluetooth, USB-C ports, dual-zone automatic AC, and an optional 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium.

More power on tap, a new gearbox, and a standard AWD

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The 2023 X1 enters its third generation with a host of upgrades, with the most remarkable being the powertrain. Though the engine is still the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four from the outgoing generation, it has been tweaked and now puts out 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. In addition, the eight-speed torque converter gearbox has been removed to give place to a seven-speed DCT. Finally, BMW will also ship the new X1 with xDrive AWD system as standard for enhanced all-weather driveability. As a result, BMW estimates that the 2023 X1 can do zero to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, impressively faster than the outgoing X1, which took about seven seconds.

Upon choosing the M Sport package, the new X1 will come fitted to a pair of paddle-shifters and a Sport Boost function. This function will be activated once you press and hold the left paddle. This feature will improve take-off and acceleration. For the first time, BMW is offering an M adaptive suspension for the X1, but it is an optional extra.

Final Thoughts

The 2023 BMW X1 seems to be the ideal budget BMW SUV in its segment. Moreover, the X1 is the only SUV in this niche that has been updated thoroughly. Most importantly, BMW fixed just about everything that was wrong with the last-gen model, whether it be the underpowered engine or the dated interior. Therefore, for $38,600 (excluding the $995 destination charges), the X1 can also be an enthusiast’s choice if optioned properly. BMW has confirmed that the new X1 will start hitting the dealerships by the end of 2022.

Amreetam Basu
Amreetam Basu
Automotive Journalist
After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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