The cupboard of virtual options has opened itself yet again with the appearance of the 2013 BMW X1 configurator. There are three choices of X1 to choose from, the sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i, and then three trim levels beyond that: X Line, Sport Line and M Sport Line.

It takes $30,650 in Internet money, plus $895 for destination, to open a configurator account with the sDrive28i. It might appear that the starting price is $31,545 then, but strangely, you must order one of the trim lines and that adds another $1,900 for the X and Sport Lines, or $2,500 for the M Sport Line on the sDrive28i and xDrive28i, and $3,000 on the xDrive35i. We don't know why BMW didn't factor the two lower trim prices into the base price and only charge for the M Sport Line. Regardless, the result is a listed base price of $32,350 for the xDrive28i that's an effective price of $35,145, and a listed base price of $38,450 for the xDrive35i that effectively comes to $41,845 before any options are selected.
Speaking of which, because of the way BMW ties options and trims to specific packages, using the configurator can be frustrating. One example: the Cold Weather Package (CWP) is $700 on four-cylinder models, and it includes a heated steering wheel. That wheel isn't compatible with the tiller on the M Sports Line, though, so if you're building a four-cylinder X1 with the M Sports Line, choosing the CWP drops you down to the Sports Line. The CWP is $550 on the xDrive351 M Sports Line, but if you choose it, it eliminates every trim line from invoice sheet, saving you $2,500. Which means you can forget about the $41,845 price – now you're at $39,895. Uncheck the CWP and save another $550, and your invoice summary is now $39,345 out-the-door for an xDrive35i that has no options and, ostensibly, no trim package. Got it?

Don't even get us started on what happens when you play around with the paint choices. Speaking of which, throw on the Valencia Orange paint and add another $550. There are 11 metallic exterior hues, all of them $550, but only black and white if you don't want to pay more.

The real point of all of this: we were able to ring up a foolishly optioned xDrive35i for $49,965, and there might have been some boxes we missed. Have a good time playing, just make sure you pay attention to your combinations and permutations.


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      vvk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have no problems configuring base model with no trim lines. Seems obvious to me. 1. Under the large picture on first page there are four small pictures of "X Line", "Sport Line", "M Sport Line" and "X1 sDrive i28" -- click on the last one, "X1 sDrive i28." 2. Click on "Start Building" button on the right. 3. Proceed choosing a non-metallic color and non-leather interior. 4. Voila, the price is $31,545, including $895 destination fee. Looks to be great value for the money to me. Rear wheel drive wagon with 300 wheel horsepower and terrific fuel economy. I would consider buying one if manual transmission was offered as a reasonably priced option.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vvk
        I agree, I'm looking at replacing my aged Durango with one. The local BMW dealer said deliveries begin in August.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vvk
        The 300 hp Xdrive 35 STARTS at $38,450. Go get your eyes checked, or brush up on your reading comprehension.
          vvk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          I am not talking about 35i. BMW underrates 28i models. They are rated at 249hp by BMW but the real number is 300hp. Google for 328i dyno 300hp.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Per VVK I built one for $31,545. Just selected leatherette and non-metallic paint. I think this thing is a steal. I don't get the bashing. It still has BMW dynamics, not a lot of frills. Around Europe, these cars are not always luxurious, but they are not meant to be either. Ugly? That's a matter of taste. And frankly, even if it was, I don't have to look at it from the outside while I drive it. And it is actually somewhat practical.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        Sigh.... why do people always refer to the base price??? When you go to the Audi site, the A4 starts at $33,375. When I went to the dealership, 90% were above $40k (some were even approaching the 50k mark, FOR AN A4!?). The few here and there without the xenons and LED lights were still over $35k. Good lucking finding one of these without any of the trim packages/options. You will need to special order it, which means it will take 3-4 months to get to you.
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          You are absolutely right and in many cases, you wouldn't even find it, but that's not BMWs theory. You get EXACTly what you want. So yes, I will wait 3 to 4 months to pay $5K-$8K less for features I don't care for.
      Jason Parry
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can build a BASE X1 its the 4th box on the initial screen - X line, Sport line, M sport line, Base. Also i think more annoying is that in order to get Xenons - you have to get the lighting package which adds the premium package - $5150 for xenons!
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Parry
        Totally Agree. I hate it!
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Parry
        Exactly! That's how they get ya...they know what individual items ppl want so they bundle them into these crazy expensive pkgs...with a lot of other BS that you really don't want...so ppl will spend more $. F'n HATE that!
      ROB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Daddy's little princess isn't going to like the complexity...it's all about the color and who sees it.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROB
        Even more important, what it says about daddy's ability to buy transportation for Buffy, and in turn what that says about HIS socio-economic status.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      For this money I am buying a Grand Cherokee, no ifs ands or butts.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        If you buy a Jeep there will definitely be some butt involved.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate how you can no longer option Xenon headlights separate from a package...now you have to buy a $4K package just to get the "lighting package". Such crap BMW, thats why I won't go for your 3 series either
      Jason Parry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also you have this backward: "$2,500 for the M Sport Line on the sDrive28i and xDrive28i, and $3,000 on the xDrive35i" the 35i is $2500 because you are already getting 18" rims.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always laugh when I see people driving these thinking they are leaving a rich impression on others LOL. More like, hey moron, did you see what good vehicles that same money could have got you?
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        There's more to life than money. I've long been a BMW fan and I drive one simply because I love the way it drives, and not for anyone else's attention.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          [blocked]
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        @Street King No one who drives an X1, or X3 even, will think they "are leaving a rich impression on others." I think you are the one who is concerned about impressions.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @evannever
          "According to BMW's own survey, 80% of 1-series owners thought they were driving a FWD car. That's how little they care about "the way it drives" " I dare say those 80% aren't car enthusiasts. But who really cares? Doesn't make any difference to my automotive preferences. I've been a BMW enthusiast and club member for many years. One of the sales managers at my local dealer and I were recently having a discussion about the 1-series coupe, and he commented that many buyers are in their 40s and 50s who recall the old CSL and e30 M3, and that this car reminds them of those glory days. I driving the 1-series coupe, I'd certainly agree. I myself am a fan of the marque because of the way these cars drive. Being British, I don't see them as particularly luxurious and not into the whole badge snobbery that is so prevalent in superficial American society. Thankfully I'm from a culture whereby you work hard for the things you buy, and you buy them for your own pleasure, nobody else's. And that culture thankfully isn't completely inundated with the whole Hollywood Wives syndrome.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Easily the ugliest vehicle in BMW's lineup and at $35-40+k, its also overpriced. There are many Japanese and American small crossovers that would be lots higher on my list than this vehicle.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who would plague the eyes of others by buying one of these deserves a maddeningly complex configurator. I suppose the big benefit to driving one is that you don't have to look at it while going down the highway.
      4540flossy
      • 2 Years Ago
      No matter what you try and do with the configurator, your're always left with one big problem; it looks like a pig. (That's once you get past the questionable brand image, the ridiculous price, the already 3 year old design, the fact that it can't go off road despite being a 4wd SUV and the fact that it did terribly in the Euro JD Power survey.)
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4540flossy
        Yep. agreed, this seems like a terrible option all around for anyone who does a modicum of research into what they buy. I could perhaps ignore all it's pitfalls if it were at least a looker (I hate the x6, but I can't deny that I like the way it looks). But this is by far the ugliest BMW in at least a decade (yes, including the 5 GT and Bangle-butt 7).
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not complex...Just don't bother looking at BMW's.
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