Best of the Best 2013: SUVs: BMW X1

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The design of the 2014 BMW X1 (www.bmwusa.com) looks like that of a 1 Series sedan that has been pumped up and stretched into a wagon. And like the 1 Series, the X1 offers a satisfying on-road driving experience. However, the X1 has the ride height of an SUV and BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel drive, which together give the vehicle competent off-road capabilities.

The top-of-the-line X1, which seats five passengers comfortably, is priced at about $39,000. It comes with xDrive and is powered by a silky smooth, 300 hp, twin-turbo, 3-liter, inline-6 engine. The premier X1 is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission that shifts seamlessly.