Audi Q3 vs BMW X1

If 5-passenger luxury is what you're looking for, the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 both check a lot of boxes in the subcompact SUV category. These refined vehicles provide exceptional comfort, advanced technology and athletic performance. But which one is right for you?

Audi Devon has put together this comparison of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 to take a side-by-side look at things for drivers in Devon, Malvern and Conshohocken. After looking at this comparison, our sales professionals will be happy to answer any further questions you might have about these luxury subcompact vehicles.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 Specs

Both models are front-wheel drive vehicles, delivering athletic acceleration and sharp handling. These fun-to-drive, sporty cars ride with confidence and control on highways, narrow streets and winding roads alike, with plenty of passing power in both.

Look underneath the hood of both models, and you'll find powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines that are neck and neck when it comes to horsepower. The BMW X1 carries an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the wheels, while the Q3 has a 6-speed automatic transmission that shifts responsively and controls the roads well.

For added traction and control, the Q3 offers the quattro® all-wheel drive system. The X1 also has an all-wheel drive system, as both vehicles handle slick roads confidently. Thanks to its shorter overall length and tighter turning radius, the Q3 exceeds the X1 when it comes to navigating narrow streets or tight parking spaces.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 Technology

No matter what road you're taking on next, it's nice to be connected while doing so. Bring along the conveniences of home in both models.

There's a long list of standard and available technology features in the Audi Q3, including MMI® navigation plus with available Audi connect®. This enables Google Earth™ technology with 3D satellite imagery, which can get you to the gym or to your favorite restaurant in a flash. Be connected on the go, too. The Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE® connectivity in the Q3 can support up to eight devices.

The X1 also offers a navigation system and smartphone integration, but there's no Wi-Fi hotspot available in the cabin. While this may not seem like a huge issue at first, the Audi Q3 can connect numerous devices so every passenger is satisfied during drives both long and short.

In Review

In the luxury SUV class, these models are both convenient vehicles offering peppy performance, all-wheel drive capabilities and a long list of standard and available tech features. However, the Audi Q3 wins out in our opinion.

The team at Audi Devon hopes this review has helped you see what these cars have to offer drivers in Devon, Malvern and Conshohocken. To see the outstanding Audi Q3 for yourself, schedule a test drive with one of our professionals today!

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