2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Allroad.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Allroad isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi Allroad (5). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Allroad every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Allroad Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (7.2 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.

The X1 is 11.6 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The X1 has 9.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (101.2 vs. 92).

The X1 has 2.8 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume than the Allroad with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the X1 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

When the X1 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X1’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $1005 to $1835 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $9644 to $14150 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Allroad isn’t in the top three.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Allroad has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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