2013 BMW X1

By ALAN GELL, Automotive Journalist Modified: January 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013
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There is a standard start/stop system called “Brake Standby, Start-off Assistant.” I was not impressed. Possibly it helps with mileage, but is jars the passenger compartment when it operates. While sitting at a long traffic signal, the brake pedal was depressed. When the light changed, the brake pedal was released and the entire cabin shook. The car did not lurch, but the engine is designed to fire back up in conjunction with the brake pedal.

My third dislike came because a week-long deluge of heavy rains, severe flooding, and a wintry mixture of slush. That added an abundance of mud and messy substances to the extra large rocker panels along the side. The rocker panels are very attractive and stylish when the weather is clear. But in even a mild situation of rain and mud, it is almost impossible to enter or exit the car without getting your pants quite dirty. I even attempted to slightly catapult myself over the rocker panel, but it didn't work.

It might appear I am unhappy with the BMW X1, but that is not the case. I really did like it and enjoyed all the pleasures of driving that it allowed me. When there is an over-abundance of great things, the few small annoyances stand out noticeably. The wintry mix of weather offered a multitude of opportunities to experience the x Drive all-wheel-drive system,which works really well. Hopefully, the buying public can look beyond those three little dislikes I mentioned and enjoy all the amenities of this small sized “beamer.” It worked for me.

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