Compare the BMW X1 vs Audi Q3in Traverse City

When you're shopping for a new luxury subcompact SUV in Traverse City, it can feel overwhelming to understand what the right choice is. While the Audi Q3 might have caught your eye, we'll show you why the BMW X1 should be your top pick. To start, the BMW X1 was one of the first luxury small crossover vehicles on the market and has continued to remain ahead of the curve again and again.


Unmatched BMW Luxury and Technology

The Audi Q3, try as it might, just can't quite match the overall performance and luxury of the BMW X1. Every detail, inside and out, is expertly crafted to perfection; creating an overall luxury SAV experience that you won't find anywhere else in Petoskey. Sit behind the wheel of your BMW X1, and you'll enjoy the driver-focused interior, designed to evoke a sporty nature. The driving position is high with excellent visibility, and a tall roof that doesn't impose a cramped feeling inside. The Audi Q3 aims to the performance enthusiast, but fails to hit the mark. The Audi Q3 does come standard with leather upholstery, which the BMW X1 has available, but still doesn't tip the scale in the Audi Q3 direction.

Unlike the BMW X1, the Audi Q3 doesn't offer any infotainment system standard. The X1 offers BMW's iDrive system standard, with a 6.5-inch display screen. Don't be fooled by the fact that you control this system with a console mounted knob. This system is easier to use than other non-touchscreen systems on the market, with simple and intuitive menus. If you want an infotainment system with your Audi Q3, you have to add the available MMI interface with a package. This system also uses a control knob, but it's placed high on the dash, making it tough to use, making you take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road for an extended period of time.


A Surprisingly Spacious Interior

Just because the BMW X1 is a subcompact SAV in Charlevoix, doesn't mean you have to deal with a cramped and uncomfortable interior, for you and your passengers. In just the rear row of seats alone, you'll find 37 inches of legroom in the BMW X1, where the Audi Q3 comes in at a minimal 31.1 inches of legroom. That's no small difference, especially if you're planning on loading up your friends for a weekend road trip. The rear seats of the BMW X1 also slide and recline, making it easier than ever for your passengers to find a comfortable position. The BMW X1 also features premium features like brushed aluminum and piano black accents for a more sophisticated feel than the Audi Q3's interior. The standard upholstery is the SensaTec leather-like material, that is available to upgrade to genuine leather if you prefer.

It's easy to load up your family, and all of their belongings, in the BMW X1. With nearly 10 cubic feet more cargo space than the Q3, the BMW X1 has enough space for your friends, and a weekends worth of camping gear. For the most cargo-carrying, you can fold the second row of your BMW X1 to open up a spacious 58.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Audi Q3 has a maximum cargo volume of 48.2 cubic feet, and a considerably less usable space.


Performance and Handling

Other Audi vehicles might be touted for their agile handling and driving dynamics, but the Audi Q3 falls short when compared to the BMW X1. The BMW X1 offers a 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers plenty of power for your daily driving and energetic adventures. The Audi Q3 offers a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, that lacks the precision and exciting performance that you expect from your luxury SUV. The Audi Q3 also receives an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, where the BMW X1 earns an EPA-estimated rating of 23 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway. With the BMW X1 you can spend more time on the open road and less time worrying about your next fill up.

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Experience the BMW X1 in all of its glory today with a test drive at BMW of Traverse City.