2020 BMW X1 vs. 2020 Audi Q3

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Safety

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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 Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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

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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 Q3.

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

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X1’s reliability 12 points higher than the Q3.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 20th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Audi Q3:

X1

Q3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

85.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (23 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X1’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Q3 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The X1 stops shorter than the Q3:

X1

Q3

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q3’s standard 55 series tires.

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 Q3 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q3’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Audi Q3.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Q3 (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 17.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (101.2 vs. 84).

The X1 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 23.7 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 48 cubic feet).

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the Q3’s in almost every dimension:

X1

Q3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

34”/65”

Max Width

51.5”

54”

Min Width

39.5”

39”

Height

33”

28”

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the X1, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X1’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Q3’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 Q3’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Q3 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Audi Q3 by 20% during 2019.

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