Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, are three towns with plenty of local points of interest to explore. One way to do that is in a comfortable crossover with a long list of amenities. While two popular options are the 2021 Audi Q3 and the 2021 BMW X1, learning more about each model will help you decide which one is right for you.

That's why our team at Audi Peabody has created this Audi Q3 vs. BMW X1 car comparison. We'll go over their similarities and differences so you can make an informed decision. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Vehicle Dimensions

One of the many benefits to driving a luxury SUV is having access to plenty of room for you and your travel gear because of their spacious size. Both the 2021 Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 are no exceptions since up to five passengers can travel comfortably inside these vehicles.

Before we can look at the passenger space, we'll need to look at the overall size of these vehicles. These exterior dimensions need to be large enough to allow for interior comfort while being compact enough to make squeezing into tight parking spots easy.

2021 Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 Exterior Dimensions





176.6/79.7/62.9 inches

175.5/71.7/62.9 inche

In terms of length, both the Q3 and the X1 will allow you to parallel park easily. And with the same height dimensions, driving through a short tunnel or underpass is equally easy. The biggest difference between these SUVs is found in their width dimensions. The X1 is eight inches narrower than the Q3.

Will this narrower dimension of the X1 make your commutes easier? Let's take a look by comparing the interior dimensions of the Q3 vs. X1!

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 Interior Dimensions




Headroom (front/rear)

39.6/37.6 inches

41.9/39.4 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40/36.1 inches

40.4/37 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

56.7/55.1 inches

55.6/55.2 inches

As you can see, the interior dimensions of the 2021 Q3 and the X1 are fairly similar. That way, you and your passengers can feel comfortable regardless of which model you choose.

One difference between these SUVs that may make your vehicle feel larger is the addition of the power panoramic sunroof offered with both models. This roof provides unobstructed views of the beautiful blue sky above to both front- and rear-seat passengers.

While this feature is found with both models, it's only a standard feature in the 2021 Audi Q3. If you choose the BMW X1 and want to have a panoramic roof, you'll have to equip your SUV with the optional Convenience Package.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Interior

Since these vehicles are both luxury SUVs, you're sure to find upscale-looking interiors. With the 2021 Audi Q3, you'll travel with both a premium look and feel thanks to the standard leather seats. The BMW X1, on the other hand, only offers optional leather upholstery. Instead, this SUV comes standard with SensaTec, a synthetic leather.

While it may look like leather, Audi Q3 drivers know they're traveling with the real premium upholstery.

In addition to providing you and your passengers with the soft feel of real leather seats, you and your copilot can relax as you travel thanks to the standard heated front seats. So, whether you're beating the chilly New England winter weather or keeping your muscles relaxed on longer commutes, you're sure to love this feature.

The BMW X1 also comes with heated front seats, but, similar to the leather upholstery, this feature is only offered with an optional upgrade.

Other ways the Q3 provides additional comfort to its passengers include:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Available hands-free tailgate
  • Optional LED interior lighting package plus

Thanks to these features, you're sure to feel more relaxed and comfortable inside the 2021 Q3 than in the BMW X1.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Cutting-Edge Technology

Each SUV offers plenty of technologies to help keep everyone on board connected and entertained. They both come standard with Bluetooth® capability, making it easy to stream audio and make hands-free phone calls.

Want to filter through your phone's saved music library safely while driving? Take advantage of the Apple CarPlay® feature offered standard with each SUV. This system lets you synch your phone to your SUV's multimedia display screen-an 8.8-inch screen with both models.

If you want a larger screen, the Q3 can be upgraded to an available 10.1-inch screen. The X1 offers no screen size upgrades.

Once connected, use your touchscreen to browse your music library. What if you don't have an iPhone? What if you want to stream your favorite songs while on the go? Let's see how the Q3 vs. X1 tackle these multimedia desires.




Android Auto™


Not offered

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio All-Access

3-month trial

1-year trial



Not offered

Premium Audio System

Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System with 15 speakers

Only the standard HiFi Sound System with 7 speakers

While premium technology is offered with both SUVs, the Audi Q3 goes above and beyond with its addition of the standard Android Auto™ system, optional Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and the option to upgrade to a premium audio system. None of this can be said about the BMW X1.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Advanced Safety Features

In addition to cutting-edge infotainment features, both the 2021 Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 come equipped with advanced technologies to help keep you and your passengers-as well as other drivers around you-as safe as possible.

Many of these safety features use cameras and sensors to monitor a range around your SUV. When a potential hazard-like another vehicle or pedestrian-is detected, you'll receive an audible and/or visual alert. Under certain circumstances, these features may provide automatic intervention in an attempt to prevent a collision.

Features like a forward-collision monitor and a lane-keep system come standard on both luxury SUV models. But that's where the similarities end, because the Q3 offers many more comprehensive safety features, including:

  • High beam assist
  • Audi side assist with Rear cross traffic assist, available
  • Adaptive cruise assist with Traffic jam assist, available
  • 360-degree top view camera, available

Thanks to these features, you're likely to feel more safe and secure behind the wheel of the Q3 than the X1.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Specs

The 2021 Audi Q3 comes standard with a 2.0L TFSI® 4-cylinder engine that's paired with an 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission. It also comes standard with a quattro® all-wheel drive system. This feature sends power to the wheels with the most grip to help maximize traction and improve the overall handling of the vehicle.

The X1 also comes with a 2.0L engine and an 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Unlike the Q3, however, it comes standard with front-wheel drive, so you'll need to upgrade to a higher trim level to get the all-wheel drive system.

Furthermore, the Q3 has the standard Audi drive select system with selectable driving modes. This lets you choose among these modes:

  • comfort
  • dynamic
  • auto
  • offroad
  • efficiency

Depending on which drive mode you select, you may feel an enhanced throttle response or experience enhanced fuel efficiency.

The X1 also comes with a standard drive mode select system, but this SUV only offers three options: ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT. With two fewer options than the Q3, the X1 lacks the performance customization offered by its competitor.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Which Will You Choose?

Although the 2021 BMW X1 is an impressive vehicle, the 2021 Audi Q3 may be the better option for you with the greater number of features it offers. To decide if this crossover is right for you, you'll need to get behind the wheel.

If you live in the Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly, Massachusetts, areas and want to experience the Q3 for yourself, then contact us to schedule a test drive at Audi Peabody today!


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