The subcompact luxury SUV class is full of vehicles that delight drivers with fun driving dynamics without sacrificing the versatility of a larger SUV. These are great family cars, offering practicality and luxury in one small package. Two great options are the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1, but how can you decide which is the best fit for your own drives around Freehold, Marlboro Township, and Monroe Township? To help you find out, our team at Audi Freehold has put together this comparison of the Audi Q3 vs. BMW X1.

Learn more about the Audi Q3 with our detailed vehicle review.

Powerful Performance

Both the Q3 and the X1 come with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine under the hood, and both come with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission for smooth shifting. For extra handling and control, you can add all-wheel drive to either SUV. Both cars offer the smooth, comfortable ride that you'd expect from a luxury vehicle, and they're also fun to drive, with sporty dynamics.

Q3 vs X1: Modern Technology Features

The interior of these SUVs is where they really shine with modern, convenient features that help you stay connected during your travels. Both vehicles come standard with satellite radio, for access to hundreds of channels of music and entertainment, Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling and access to your phone's music and contacts, and a USB port to keep your devices fully charged. The Audi comes with a 10-speaker sound system, while the BMW offers just seven speakers. Other features in both vehicles include automatic climate control, and the A3 also comes standard with a panoramic sunroof.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 Safety Features

The Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 both come with a standard rearview camera that makes it safe and simple to reverse the vehicle, even in a crowded parking lot. The Q3 also comes with both front and rear parking sensors, which beep to alert you to objects, vehicles, and people in the area surrounding the vehicle. In addition, you'll get heated side mirrors in the Q3, which make it easy to see your surroundings even when it's rainy or snowy. Each vehicle offers a selection of additional driver-assisting safety systems, which you can add for extra protection from collisions.

Spacious Seating

Both the Q3 and the  X1 seat five. The Q3 comes with genuine leather upholstery and 12-way power adjustable front seats, while the X1's seating is upholstered in synthetic leather and is only power adjustable in eight ways. Both vehicles offer additional options including heated seats.

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1: Take Your Pick

You can't go wrong with either of these awesome subcompact luxury SUVs, but our team at Audi Freehold thinks that drivers in Freehold, Marlboro Township, and Monroe township will appreciate the Audi Q3's great selection of modern technology, excellent safety equipment, and luxurious cabin. To come see one in person, contact us today to schedule a test drive, and we'll get you behind the wheel of a Q3 in no time! 

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