NEW FOR 2014:
BMW’s mid-range crossover model (dubbed a sport activity vehicle by its maker) moves into 2014 with no changes, in the wake of a 2011 redesign, and last year’s addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine.
As it did last year, that 2.0L turbo mill makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the xDrive 28i; the other choice of model is the xDrive 35i, with a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder producing 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. Both motors come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and xDrive AWD.
Standard equipment in the 28i model includes engine automatic start/stop, brake energy regeneration, electric power steering, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, heated windshield washer jets, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure warning, rollover sensor, privacy glass, rear roof spoiler, twin exhaust tipes with chrome finish, ambient lighting, heated steering wheel, cargo area tie-downs, leather-trimmed steering wheel, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats with driver memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth.
35i trim adds a 12-speaker stereo, twin stainless steel exhaust tips with chrome finish, and bi-xenon headlights.