BMW X1 vs Audi Q3


Luxury SUVs as acclaimed as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 are bound to share a few similarities. Yet it’s their differences that will matter to car-shoppers around D’lberville, Biloxi, and Gulfport. If you’re hoping to find out what these differences are, you can read through the BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3 comparison we’ve put together at Galleria BMW.

The comparison touches on aspects of each SUV that matter to daily drivers. After reading the head-to-head review, our staff will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have regarding the BMW X1 and Audi Q3!

Which SUV gets the Performance Nod?

BMW X1Performance is a staple of both brands, yet when looking at models like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which is more fun to drive? For 2020, the performance traits are very close, yet BMW comes out on top.

What’s ironic is that each SUV features the same engine, a 228 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque 2.0L 4-cylinder. So how does the BMW X1 get the performance edge? It comes down to size. The BMW X1 has a 3,713-pound curb weight, while the Audi Q3 has a 3,905-pound curb weight.

Because they share the same motor, but the BMW is lighter, the X1 zips from 0-60 MPH in just 6.3 seconds while it takes the Audi Q3 seven seconds flat to reach that same speed. Additionally, the compact dimensions of the BMW X1 feel nimbler and more agile on windy roads.

Which SUV is more Fuel Efficient?

Going fast is always fun but getting the most value at the gas pump goes a long way towards selecting your next ride. So with the same motor under the hood, is there a difference between the MPG of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3? The answer is yes, and it again comes down to weight.

It requires less effort and fuel for the BMW X1 to get up to speed compared to the Audi Q3, which gives it the efficiency edge. The numbers bear this out. The BMW X1 gets an EPA-estimated 23 city/31 highway MPG while the larger and more plodding Audi Q3 receives an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG.

Which SUV Provides More Passenger Room?

BMW X1 interior Given the larger size of the Audi Q3, a comparison of passenger space would surely lean Audi over BMW, right? Well, for traits like legroom in the front and second rows, the BMW X1 is the more accommodating SUV.

Here’s how the legroom measurements compare:

  • 40.4 inches in the first row of the BMW X1
  • 40 inches in the first row of the Audi Q3
  • 37 inches in the rear of the BMW X1
  • 36.1 inches in the rear of the Audi Q3

Roomier, More Efficient, and More Athletic: the BMW X1

You get an up-tick in quite a few important traits by choosing the BMW X1 over the Audi Q3. To back up the specifications, why not take a test drive around Biloxi, Gulfport, and D’lberville by contacting Galleria BMW?