Two of the automobiles that are causing much furor amongst car enthusiasts are the lately released Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. With initial photos being released in the media in early 2010, followed by the official release in the initial months of 2011, speculations are high comparing the cars, in terms of make and model, performance as well as its many features.
The much anticipated Audi Q3 made waves even before it was released. Considered the latest feather in Audi’s hat, Audi Q3 is being slated as one of the best in the class of sport utility vehicles offered by Audi. The five door compact SUV is being compared with the similarly – sized BMW X1.
BMW X1 is a 4 door compact luxury station wagon; the concept version of the same was released in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. Belonging to the executive car class, it’s unlike any other large luxury models currently offered by the German manufacturer and promises to be a crowd puller for the company.
While Audi Q3 is tagged as having an aesthetically pleasing design, combining a transverse engine layout with flexible steering and suspension, BMW comes with adaptive cruise control and performance control. While being longer and lower than the Audi equivalent, it flaunts its dynamic design with better fuel efficiency, quality and reliability. Its huge storage space is also bound to attract many takers.
Both the cars boast of front engine, four wheel drive, Audi offers a QUATTRO AWD system while BMW provides AWD with a rear wheel drive variant.
Audi Q3 belongs to the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform, while BMW X1 is part of the BMW 3 series. Audi Q3 is being made available in both a 6 speed manual transmission as well as a 7-speed S-Tronic. While BMW X1 would be available in a 6 speed manual as well as automatic transmission.
Audi Q3 is being provided in two engine variants – the 2.0L TFSI I4 and the 2.0L TDI diesel I4. On the other hand BMW X1 many variants such as 2.0L 143 hp (107 kW) I4, 2.0L 170 hp (127 kW) I4, 3.0L 258 hp (192 kW) I6, 2.0L 143 hp (107 kW) Diesel I4I4, 2.0L 177 hp (132 kW) Diesel I4, 2.0L 204 hp (152 kW) Twin-Turbo Diesel I4.
Due to the declining sales experienced by the SUV class car manufacturers across the world, Audi q3 is being seen as a crossover coupe that would serve the growing desire in the public for smaller and more compact cars. Audi is targeting niche markets with this car to achieve its sales targets. In the same context, BMW is also looking at its latest as providing an attractive alternative to those high end customers who may be looking to economize.
While both the vehicles are considered are status symbols, for the customer they bring different alternatives to the table. Where the customer is looking for superior style and design then Audi should be the obvious choice. On the other hand, if performance and fuel efficiency are on top of the list then there is no better option than BMW X1.