Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Audi Q3 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Audi Q3

Safety Comparison

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q3 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q3.

There are over 33 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Q3’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 100 more horsepower (300 vs. 200) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 s/xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the Q3:

X1

Q3

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

23 city/34 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X1 s/xDrive28i’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1 xDrive35i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q3:

X1 xDrive35i

Q3

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

11.1 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Q3 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q3’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Q3 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the Q3 (108.7 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 4.4 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The Q3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the X1, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The X1 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Q3 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X1 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional BMW Apps for the X1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q3 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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