2021 BMW X1 VS AUDI Q3

If you’re looking to blend the muscular attitude and practicality of a utility vehicle with the fuel economy of a much smaller car, the luxury subcompact SUV segment is a great place to start searching. In it, you’ll find the 2021 BMW X1 and the 2021 Audi Q3, two sophisticated standouts.

For the benefit of shoppers near Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, NJ, we’ve put together this 2021 BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3 comparison. Let us help you learn more about these vehicles, then be sure to contact our team at BMW of Atlantic City with any questions!


When you’re considering a subcompact version of anything, making the most of every inch of space is important. Luckily, these vehicles deliver in a big way when it comes to luxurious roominess. Both are a driver’s dream with approximately 40 inches of front legroom.

However, rear legroom is another story. While the BMW X1 offers a generous 37 inches of rear legroom, the Audi Q3 falls behind with just 36.1 inches. While both vehicles can comfortably seat passengers in their back seats, you’ll find more room to stretch your legs in the BMW.

Both vehicles have plenty of space for your groceries and golf bags with 27.1 cubic feet of cargo volume in the X1 and 23.7 cubic feet of cargo volume in the Q3. For bulky luggage and larger items, that extra space in the X1 will come in handy. When the rear seats fold down, the X1 retains—and grows—its storage advantage.


The 2021 X1 and 2021 Q3 both run on 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines. Since the 2021 X1 is turbocharged, it offers an output of 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the standard engine of the 2021 Q3 only reaches up to 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

The power advantage in the X1 doesn’t come at the expense of efficiency. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 city/33 highway MPG, which improves on the respectable showing of the Q3, which has an EPA-estimated 22 city/30 highway MPG.1 If you want to cut down on trips to the pump, the BMW X1 will take you farther on less fuel.

Both vehicles offer incredibly tractive drivetrains. With BMW xDrive all-wheel drive or its Audi counterpart, you’ll find sure footing in any weather.


The BMW X1 and Audi Q3 share many of the same standard tech features. Both vehicles come equipped with a Rear-view Camera, making it easier to see what’s going on behind you when you need to drive in reverse. Then, standard automatic climate control lets you set and maintain a precise cabin temperature, no matter the conditions outside.

When it comes to infotainment, the BMW iDrive system and its Audi counterpart can keep you connected in all sorts of ways. Use BMW Navigation Business to find your way to your destination—or pair up your iPhone via Apple CarPlay™ and use your favorite apps on the go!


We hope you enjoyed our 2021 BMW X1 vs. 2021 Audi Q3 comparison—and the verdict is in! These two luxury subcompact SUVs are practical, reliable rides, but drivers may like what they see in the BMW X1: a roomy interior, strong performance, and advanced technology.

Schedule a test drive of the 2021 BMW X1 at BMW of Atlantic City today. Our team of automotive experts will be standing by and can answer any question you throw at them. They can match you to the ideal ride for all your Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, New Jersey, adventures!



1. Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.