2020 BMW X1

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mazda CX3

2020 Mazda CX3

2020 BMW X1 vs. 2020 Mazda CX3


With a spacious cabin and excellent ride quality, you can always depend on the 2020 BMW X1 to deliver. This nimble crossover packs a might punch when it comes to everyday use. The build quality is sturdy and the engine is highly responsive. All said, the 2020 X1 is a fun car to drive.

When it comes to the 2020 Mazda CX3, you get a beautifully styled crossover that offers generous cabin and cargo space. The ride quality is wanting though and the car delivers a rather sluggish performance. Let us size up these two crossovers and see how they compare against each other.

Design & Style

The 2020 BMW X1 comes in a stylish package that is bound to turn heads anywhere you go. The 2020 X1 features BMW’s trademark look with the kidney-shaped grille and aggressive stance. Inside, the cabin is refined and made with materials that have a premium feel to them. Instrument controls are exactly where you would expect them to be and the X1 is very intuitively designed to make driving it as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to the 2020 Mazda CX3, the sporty stance gives it a beautiful look. Sadly, this flair for design does not extend to the inside of the car. While there is plenty of space inside, the instrument panel feels a little bland due to the overly minimalist design that Mazda was going for.

Technology & Safety

When you purchase the 2020 BMW X1, you get a wide variety of tech as standard and even more as options. The base model comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment display system that runs BMW’s iDrive software. This makes operations easy and intuitive. Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity are also standard. Safety features included as standard on the 2020 X1 include a forward collision warning among many others.

With the 2020 CX3, you get a number of tech features such as a seven-inch infotainment system that is controlled through a rotary knob on the center of the console. Turning the knob while selecting commands on the display can be a little tricky especially if driving.


The 2020 BMW X1 is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter engine that delivers excellent power to this nimble crossover. As one would expect from a BMW, the ride quality is superb and the suspension provides excellent comfort to the people in the cabin.

When it comes to the 2020 Mazda CX3, you get a four-cylinder engine that turns out 146 hp. While performance is ok for everyday use, this is not a car that will get your blood racing like the X1. The engine is also a little noisy at high revs which further interferes with the ride quality.

The Bottom Line

While the 2020 BMW X1 and the 2020 Mazda CX3 are both very attractive cars, the X1 edges the CX3 out on almost everything else. These include ride quality, performance, interior space, and cabin comfort. The Mazda CX3 does not match the X1 in all those categories. This makes the BMW X1 a much better car.

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At Competition BMW of Smithtown, we give you a chance to experience the pure thrill of driving a 2020 BMW X1 for yourself. Come and visit us today or give us a call at (888) 734-3331 to schedule a test drive. Our dealership staff is always on standby to assist you, and we look forward to serving you in the best way possible.


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