A compact luxury SUV offers an excellent balance of style and versatility. The BMW X1 and Audi Q3 both feature sleek designs, convenient cargo room, and capable drives in any conditions. So, which one of these German luxury SUVs is right for you? BMW of Chattanooga put this 2021 BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 comparison together to help drivers in Chattanooga, Hixson, and Cleveland, TN, decide.

Performance Specs

The 2021 BMW X1 offers an exciting drive and excellent fuel economy. It runs on a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine that makes your SUV feel like a sport sedan. An 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission comes standard to manage your drive, but it also gives you control with Sport and Manual shift modes. Front-wheel drive is standard, but xDrive all-wheel drive is also available.You'll also find a 2.0L 4-cylinder under the hood of the 2021 Audi Q3. There's even an 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive. However, it doesn't offer the same kind of performance as the BMW. 



Audi Q3





258 lb-ft

221 lb-ft

0 to 60 MPH

6.6 seconds

8.6 seconds

Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 24 city/33 highway MPG

EPA-estimated 22 city/30 highway MPG[i]


The Audi Q3 offers another 2.0L 4-cylinder that delivers the same output as the BMW. However, despite getting up to 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, it's still not as sporty or efficient. It takes a full 7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 MPH and can only get up and EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG.[ii]

Interior Dimensions & Features

Both luxury SUVs offer seating for five and lots of space to stretch your legs. They also feature premium luxury with leather seats, refined interior accents, and classic leather-wrapped steering wheels. You'll find lots of ways to get comfortable with power-adjustable front seats, too. A reliable SUV should have plenty of room for all your bags. That's why the 2021 BMW X1 includes a large trunk and folding second-row seats. The Audi Q3 also comes with split-folding rear seats, but it doesn't give you nearly as much storage space. 



Audi Q3

Maximum Cargo Room

58.7 cubic feet

48 cubic feet

Trunk Space

27.1 cubic feet

23.7 cubic feet


Safety Features

A dependable SUV should also provide you with some peace of mind. The BMW X1 does that with an Active Driving Assistant. This suite of smart driver-assistance features helps prevent accidents by watching what's around you and giving you more awareness while you drive. Some of its standard features include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Rear-View Camera

You'll be well-protected if you're ever in an accident, too. The BMW X1 includes airbags throughout the interior and built-in impact sensors. In the event of a collision, they can automatically shut off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights for you. 

The Audi Q3 also comes with a camera system and offers many of the same intelligent safety features. However, it doesn't offer any sort of post-collision safety system. 

Test Drive a Stylish Bavarian SUV

With more athletic performance, cargo room, and safety features, the BMW X1 is a great fit for drivers in Chattanooga, Hixson, and Cleveland, TN. Visit BMW of Chattanooga to take a test drive or contact us to learn more about the 2021 BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3.

EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

iiEPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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