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Photo Comparison: BMW X1 vs. New Audi Q3

BMW X1 | April 14th, 2011 by 29
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Earlier today, Audi revelead their new Q3 model. The compact SUV will come to market next year and will compete against BMW’s high-seller, the X1. …

Earlier today, Audi revelead their new Q3 model. The compact SUV will come to market next year and will compete against BMW’s high-seller, the X1.

At 172.8 inches long and 72 inches wide, the Q3 is roughly the same size as Volkswagen’s Tiguan, and about 2.5 inches shorter than the X1.

The Audi Q3 is essentially a shrunken version of Q5 an Q7 SUVs. The design features a more coupe-like approach, with a gently sloping roofline and a steeply raked hatch.


The single-frame grill, like all recent models from Ingolstadt is once again present, along with the flashy, yet effective LED lights. Inside, no surprises as well, the typical Audi habiclat is present with the usual whistles and bells.

The Q3 is available in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configuration, and weighs around 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms). The rear-wheel drive BMW X1 starts at 1505 kg.

At launch, in Europe, three engines will be available, all of them displacing 2.0 liters and combining turbocharging with direct injection. Two gasoline variants offer 170 or 211 horsepower, while the turbodiesel unit produces 177 horsepower; a 140-horsepower diesel will debut later. Audi says the 140-horse engine can return up to 45 mpg on U.S. testing in front-wheel-drive Q3s; the 211-horsepower model can reach 62 mph in a claimed 6.9 seconds.

The engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a 6 and 7-speed automatic.

Compared to the X1, the Q3 offers significant more options including the parking assistant, lane change departure and traffic signs recognition.

Prices for the Audi Q3 will start at €29,900 for the base version. BMW’s entry level X1 sDrive18i starts at €27, 600.

As always, we decided to create a photo comparison between the two vehicles.

  • StraightSix

    Audi looks like it’s a concept car, just look those lights, and yet, it’s a production car. Not really beautiful, but neither is X1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hubert-Jadczak/100000325894622 Hubert Jadczak

      In my opinion the X1 is much much prettier than Audi anywway :)

    • Peterlazro

      audis are much better than bmws in terms of elegance..the x1 does look better and the x6 is beautiful

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

    They’re not the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen but if given the choice between these two, I’d take the X1. The Q3 somehow looks weird!

  • plaxico

    Ugliest audi E-V-E-R
    Another boring and predictable Audi

  • Giom

    Just look at that 3/4 rear view of the X1 – that’s beautifull! Nice try for Audi, but really, just more of the same thing… boring! However, being an Audi, it will sell well.

  • wazon8

    As one could expect, nothing really new in Q5’s design. The rear end looks so similar to Audi A3, the front end looks as if it was simply unrefined. It took something from new A6 and A7, but not in balanced proportions and the effect is, well, ugly. I would take X1 all the way. It’s a way more appealing to me from each angle.

  • Sajan

    I loved audis with the single framed grilles when they came out, but now i’m getting SICK of their design. It’s so boring and predictable. Fair enough the X1 isn’t the prettiest thing out there but at least it looks slightly aggressive, and something that looks aggressive gives it a bit of character.
    Also, for an audi, the interior is slightly chintzy. You only have to look at all the chrome around the air conditioning switchgear to know what I’m on about

    • Otto

      “i’m getting SICK of their design”
      Same with the double kidney grid.

      • Sajan

        At least the double kidneys are very different on every BMW, and you can’t say that BMW haven’t tried to experiment with them. I also think that kidneys have much more road presence than the big audi grille. If you’ve had a new x5 in your rear view mirror, you’ll know what I mean :)

  • Tom Cardone

    aside from the a7, this might be the ugliest audi ive ever seen. wtf are they thinking? its sooooo played out. and the interior, really? it looks like a 5 year old designed it.
    the x1 is far better looking from every angle where as the audi just looks, awkward. cant wait for the x1 to hit the states

    • Peterlazro

      audis have the best interiors on the market. many magazines and shows have also made this statement

      • http://twitter.com/Twittavelli Twittavelli

        Agreed, It’s ok that he’s a fan-boy but lets try to cut down on the retard a bit lol.

  • Bmw4life

    Both look like crap. I wish BMW would stop bringing out crappy models like the X1, X2, X6 etc. They’re damaging the brand.

    • Tom Cardone

      lol x2? right.
      couldnt disagree with you more on your statement.

    • http://twitter.com/Fantastic_Beats Ofentse Letsholo

      x6 is a beautiful ”SUV superCAR” never seen before, it sells and no car competes with it, some of us love it but can’t afford it, it turns heads all the time. How does that ruin a brand???…and X1 sells more than any bimmer now…sooo…

    • http://twitter.com/Fantastic_Beats Ofentse Letsholo

      x6 is a beautiful ”SUV superCAR” never seen before, it sells and no car competes with it, some of us love it but can’t afford it, it turns heads all the time. How does that ruin a brand???…and X1 sells more than any bimmer now…sooo…

    • http://twitter.com/Twittavelli Twittavelli

      All of BMW’s new x models excluding the x5 and x6, look fu**ed up. SMH fithe those front fascias the square headlights make me want to barf.

  • http://twitter.com/Fantastic_Beats Ofentse Letsholo

    Audis will always look like shit. Look the same and i’ll never even bother considering them, BMW all the way.

    LoL…it’s a shame BMWs in the US always come years after they have been released. We have ALLLLLL BMWS ever created and we get them in time. X1 looks good on South African roads.
    Audis are kak(shit)

  • Peterlazro

    hahahah most biased opinions! on BMWblog!

    audis are more elegant than bmws.. bmws are beautiful but so are audis. They both have their own styles.

  • Peterlazro

    bmw vs anyone else on a bmw blog is soooo biased..

    also i am an audi guy and i agree that the X1 does look better.
    just tired of people making random comments like “BMWs are the best.. or BMWS are soomuch better than audis”

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  • Kgolles

    Two very ugly cars that shouldn’t even be considered. These modern designs are really distancing themselves from the original German style designs. They are trying to get way too creative, and creative is looking very awkward at times even though one could say it’s “original.” Every year they get worse and worse. BMW’s are looking much more like a Japanese car brand from the exterior. I miss the days of the E46 and the E39….

  • viper

    nothing special but overall looks nicer than x1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Kushner/624856096 Barry Kushner

    north americans won’t see either for at least another year.

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  • Blair76

    The Audi looks WAAAAAAAY better than the BMW!! I don’t understand some of the comments here….. Where is your taste guys….

  • Fredyschiftan

    Please any person reading this go to BMW xdrive vs Quatro in You Tube and watch the reality of Audi !! and their poor technology, its embarrasing to watch the Quatro system cant pass a simple roll barrier!! the truth is  in the test !!!    really embarrasing Q cars.   Even Mercedes had a hard time and Volvo did OK.

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