My wife and I wanted a new vehicle that would be good on gas, fun to drive, 4 wheel drive, and have room for kids. This car meets all of the above. It has been great on gas for an SUV/SAV. When you drive the car you feel safe and solid. It is a pleasure to drive. The all-wheel drive system is awesome. We drove in the snow/ice and noticed no slippage of the wheels. Driving the same roads a few minutes later with my front wheel drive car I noticed a good amount of tire slippage. This car is built very well. The engine has plenty of power even though it is a 4 cylinder! The warranty is also another selling point for us. This vehicle is worth every penny!
I have a 2013 X1 x28i
Overall its a lot of fun to drive both acceleration and handling.
It is not really a SUV so if you are expecting a lot of space in the back, you have to put the seats down (which is a bit of a hassle)
It has room for 4 passengers (can do 5 in a pinch) but can't do luggage for 4
I have had good gas mileage (high 20's) and good reliability
There are some design features that are engineered not designed (cup holder is added on) but overall a good car
Update - I traded my X1 in and my wife now has one (long story - I now have a 328XD and Maureen traded an older X3 for the X1)
I would reaffirm my statement that the car is not really a SUV if you want to bring a lot of stuff around, but it is certainly a great car to drive. It has been very reliable for both of us.
A small SUV with decent ground clearance in the 2WD version, it is perfect for two people and a pet to take on forest service roads to remote fly fishing spots, will hold bikes with the front tires mounted, accelerates briskly, gets good gas mileage, handles very well, and cruises effortlessly. At 50,000 miles we have had zero problems. At 60,000 miles still no repairs required.
I've had my 28iXdrive for 14 months. This is my daily driver and outside 24/7.
It's a small car, but good for me and my 22 mile daily commute in Chicago Winters. Mine had the heated seats and steering wheel, a must have for cold weather. The steering is so tight and precise. The acceleration of this twin turbo, blows me away, and it just keeps on going.
Excellent handling car, firm suspension. I haven't had any problems at all. Mine retailed over $38k