2023 BMW X1


In 2023, the BMW X1 is set to receive a substantial update, featuring enhanced style, interior space, and technology to align with BMW’s latest and greatest lineup. The X1 has long been a fan favorite for its unique blend of sporty wagon styling and elevated ride height, offering the practicality of a crossover without the stigma associated with mainstream vehicles.


Additionally, the X1’s base MSRP of $48,725 is approximately $10,000 less than the base price of an X3, while still delivering nearly as much power. For the 2023 model year, the X1 boasts even more torque than the 2022 X3 xDrive28i, which will no longer be available. The X2 has also been removed from Canada’s market, making the X1 the sole option for drivers seeking a fuel-efficient and zippy four-cylinder turbo compact BMW crossover.


In 2023, the BMW X1 will boast 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and it looks fantastic while doing so.


On the exterior, the X1 features new headlight designs, a kidney grille that is even more pronounced than before, and black trim that runs along the rocker panels, over the wheels, and down to the lower splitter. The silver wing mirrors and other inserts further enhance the vehicle’s appearance. Additionally, the X1 can be outfitted with optional two-tone 19-inch wheels (18-inch wheels are standard, and for the first time, 20-inch wheels can be specified for the X1) and a Utah Orange paint job, making it an excellent choice for those who desire a redesigned vehicle.


The 2023 BMW X1 has undergone several changes, and perhaps the most significant is the new curved twin display for the gauge cluster and infotainment. The screen is not only curved but also frameless, giving the cockpit a more spacious feel. Moreover, the lack of a shift lever has opened up space in the front seat area. The tall roof also means there is more headroom for passengers in the rear seat.


The X1 also comes with an optional augmented reality (AR) navigation system, which projects an image on the screen showing arrows directing you where to turn. Although the technology may be late to the party, it is still a welcome addition.


The X1 is powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch that is quite impressive, whether you are using the paddles or not. BMW has installed two “sub-transmissions” within the same housing, enabling the next gear to be pre-selected, resulting in quicker and smoother gear changes.