2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Audi Q3

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Safety

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Both the X2 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, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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 14 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X2 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 X2’s reliability 20 points higher than the Q3.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Q3 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 18th in initial quality. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.

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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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 73 more horsepower (301 vs. 228) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 is faster than the Audi Q3:

X2

X2 M35i

Q3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

4.6 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

13.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

105 MPH

85.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’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 X2’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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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q3:

X2 M35i

Q3

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.2 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the Q3:

X2

Q3

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’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 X2 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 X2 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Q3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Audi Q3.

The X2 is 4.4 inches shorter than the Q3, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (94.1 vs. 84).

The X2 has .3 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Q3.

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 48 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the X2, 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 X2 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 X2’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 X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the X2 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 X2’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 X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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The X2 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X2 will retain 46.55% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the Q3 only retains 44.62% to 45.25%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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