BMW X1 vs Audi Q3

If you’ve been searching for a smaller SUV to take on the streets of Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, the 2019 X1 and 2018 Q3 are great options. However, one of them may be a better fit for your lifestyle.

We’ll help you determine that ideal match with our BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3 comparison. Keep reading to see what each vehicle has to offer and contact BMW of Stratham if you have any questions.

BMW X1 Audi Q3
228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque
EPA-estimated 23 city/32 highway MPG EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG
Front headroom/legroom: 41.9 inches/40.4 inches Front headroom/legroom: 37 inches/40 inches
Rear headroom/legroom: 39.4 inches/37 inches Rear headroom/legroom: 37.4 inches/31.1 inches


2019 X1 vs 2018 Q3 Performance Specs

BMW X1If you’re looking for a comfortable ride quality in an SUV, you’ll find it in both the 2019 BMW X1 and 2018 Audi Q3. However, if you want something with a bit more athleticism, then the X1 may be more up to your speed.

The vehicle comes with a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it has precise steering, strong brakes, and an available M Sport suspension that gives you poised handling on even the most winding roads.

The Q3, meanwhile, comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder that produces just 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it unfortunately feels underpowered at times, with some people feeling that the vehicle lacks feedback and agility.

Furthermore, you’ll find better fuel economy ratings in the BMW model. It achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city/32 highway MPG.* The Q3 achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG, which means you may need to stop more frequently to refuel in this automobile.

Passenger & Cargo Room in These SUVs

BMW 1 Cargo Room The BMW X1 and Audi Q3 may be subcompact SUVs, but you’ll still find lots of room for five people to stretch out comfortably.

Inside the X1, you’ll get the following interior dimensions:

  • Front headroom/legroom: 41.9 inches/40.4 inches
  • Rear headroom/legroom: 39.4 inches/37 inches

Inside the Q3, the interior dimensions are as follows:

  • Front headroom/legroom: 37 inches/40 inches
  • Rear headroom/legroom: 37.4 inches/31.1 inches

While both models are quite spacious, the X1 might make your taller passengers feel a bit more comfortable.

You’ll also get more cargo room in the BMW SUV, with 58.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The Audi SUV, meanwhile, has a maximum cargo capacity of 50.3 cubic feet. So, if you’re looking to fit a number of different large items inside your vehicle, you may have a better chance with the X1.

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 Features

BMW X1 features There are also tons of features inside the 2019 X1 and 2018 Q3 to help keep you comfortable and entertained throughout your commutes.

For instance, both vehicles offer heated front seats, so you can quickly warm up on especially chilly days. The X1 even goes a step further by offering a heated steering wheel to help soothe your cold hands.

The BMW X1 also comes standard with a 1-year trial to Apple CarPlay™. To use, simply plug your phone into the vehicle’s USB port. Your various mobile apps will then appear on the 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch screen, letting you listen to podcasts, send texts, and more, without needing to mess with your phone while driving.

Plus, you’ll hear everything clearly through the available 12-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system—making it feel like you’re having a private concert inside your vehicle.

Unfortunately, the Audi Q3 doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay™ in any trim level. Plus, the sound system in its highest trim is just 10 speakers, so it may not be as clear as the one inside the X1.

2019 BMW X1 vs 2018 Audi Q3: Verdict

The 2018 Audi Q3 is indeed an impressive SUV. However, in the end, the 2019 BMW X1 came out on top in every category covered above.

If you want to get a feel for this luxury subcompact SUV near Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at BMW of Stratham today!


* EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Please go to for the most up-to-date fuel consumption information. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length, and driving conditions. Actual mileage may be lower.