2020 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Audi Q3

November 18th, 2019 by

BMW’s X1 has been around since 2009, but its second generation dropped in 2016 and has had a few updates for 2020, including a newer appearance and an updated interior. This year, the all-new 2019 Audi Q3 finally replaced the first-generation model which was introduced in 2011.

CarandDriver Magazine compared the two to see Which Is the More Compelling Compact SUV. CarandDriver shared with us that “The Audi feels great until you drive the BMW.” Here’s why:



Both SUV’s feature all-aluminum double-overhead-cam four-cylinder with 2.0 liters of displacement and a turbocharger. Both engines produce the same 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Sport and manual modes.

However, the BMW’s 2.0-liter engine is the sportier of the two. It revs higher—all the way up to 7000 rpm—and it sounds better than the Audi’s engine. CarandDriver prefer the X1’s eight-speed automatic engine because it is more responsive and changes gears more quickly with more precision.

On the Track

Audi’s new 2019 Q3 is now about an inch longer and wider and about 200 pounds heavier than the BMW.  On the track, the lighter BMW hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds which is 1.5 seconds quicker than the Audi. The BMW flies through a quarter mile in 14.4 seconds at 96 mph compared to Audi at 15.6 seconds at 91 mph.

Gas Mileage

The BMW gets considerably better gas mileage, with EPA ratings of 23 mpg city and 31 mph highway versus Audi’s 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.



The Audi has an overall larger interior space; with more elbow room up front and a much larger rear seat. The BMW’s interior space falls short with its legroom in the back seats. However, the BMW offers more cargo space, with 27.1 cubic feet versus the Audi’s 23.7. The BMW has lots of extra storage under the trunk floor because it is fitted with run-flat tires, so there isn’t a spare tire aboard as there is in the Q3.

Interior Design

The BMW’s interior feels more premium than the Audi’s. The BMW was designed with higher quality controls and has less hard plastic.



Like stated before, CarandDriver came to the conclusion that “The Audi feels great until you drive the BMW.” Its powertrain and chassis are much better compared to the Audi’s. Although it lacks in space compared to the Audi’s, it is constructed with higher quality and better materials. It is more fuel efficient, and has greater cargo volume.

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