The 2018 BMW X1 vs. the 2018 Audi Q3

it's no secret that BMW and Audi are two of the biggest names in the luxury performance market but we here at The Automaster BMW have no doubt that BMW beats the competition at every turn. Of course, we know that savvy car-shoppers from the greater Burlington, VT area and far beyond demand the facts, so we've put together a comparison showing how these two titans match up. For this specific comparison, we're pitting the 2018 BMW X1 against a prime competitor: the 2018 Audi Q3.

Take your time perusing the information below and discover how the 2018 X1 puts Audi's model on the ropes and discover how it pulls head every time. Whether you're cruising around here in Shelburne, VT, driving errands in Williston, VT, or making your way to work in Plattsburgh, NY, the X1 will provide you with the driving comfort and confidence you deserve.


Your preferred styling between these two vehicles is, of course, completely subjective; beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. However, we tend to view the BMW X1 as the more beautifully built of the two models. While the Audi Q3's styling tends to stay more streamlined and simple in its approach, we view it as being somewhat outdated with minimal lines, simply-shaped headlights, and an overall smoother appearance. The X1, conversely, boasts the brand's iconic kidney bean grille shape, hexagonal headlights, dynamic use of deep creases and concaves, and a sleeker windswept look gives it an appearance that will still impress and surprise you every time you take a walk around the exterior.


Audi Q3



Power and Performance

While both of these models offer a similar engine under the hood -a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, to be precise - you'll quickly find that BMW's offering will provide you with more intense performance than Audi's mode. With the X1's engine kicking out an impressive 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the Q3's relatively weaker 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque will absolutely leave you wanting more. Even better, the X1 has the available xDrive AWD system with intelligent torque distribution that favors the rear wheels to give you the sportier driving experience you deserve; the Q3's basic quattro AWD system, if you ask us, simply can't stack up to the performance of the xDrive AWD system.

Cargo Space

No matter what you need extra space for, whether it's groceries from the supermarket, clothes from the mall, or camping equipment for a weekend Stowe, VT away, the BMW X1 comes out far ahead of the Audi Q3. The enormous rear hatch of the X1 provides you with 58.7 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded down for all of your items; the Audi Q3, on the other hand, only allots a notably smaller 50.3 cubic feet for your cargo requirements.

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No matter what your Hanover, NH driving intentions may be, we here at The Automaster BMW have no doubt that the BMW X1 is the more impressive option. If you have any questions for us about it before you leave home, call us at (802) 985-8411 and we'll provide all the answers. For everything else, we'd love to see you arrive at our Shelburne dealership location in the near future. Until then, keep driving safely!

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