The New Audi Q3 Outclasses the New BMW X1 for Overall Quality

If you're shopping for a luxury crossover, it must have a plush interior and a smooth ride. It must also be reliable enough to get you to work each day in Columbia, SC. The new Audi Q3 has a comfortable, lavish cabin and a buttery-soft ride. It also gets excellent predicted reliability ratings from J.D. Power. The new BMW X1 is also a high-performing subcompact luxury SUV, but it doesn't quite match the Q3 in terms of overall quality. Audi Columbia has built this comparison of the two crossovers to help Lexington drivers decide which crossover is best for them.

Compare the new Audi Q3 with New BMW X1

  • The Q3 Is More Comfortable: Both the new Audi Q3 and the new BMW X1 have cushy, supportive seats. People in Chapin will appreciate that the Q3 comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and 12-way power-adjustable seats, and sliding and reclining rear seats. The X1 comes with synthetic leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. If you want real leather or more flexible seating options, you'll have to pay more to get them in the X1.
  • The Q3 Has a More Refined Interior: The new BMW X1 has a handsome cabin with mostly top-notch materials, but there are a few hard plastics that detract from its quality. Irmo drivers will like that the new Audi Q3 has one of the finest interiors in its class, with modern styling, soft-touch surfaces, and a beautiful fit and finish.
  • The Q3 Has a Better Infotainment System: The new Audi Q3 and the new BMW X1 have high-tech infotainments systems that are easy to operate while driving. People in Florence will appreciate that the Q3 comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless smartphone compatibility is not available in the X1. It comes with regular Apple Carplay, but not Android Auto.
  • The Q3 Has a Smoother Ride: The new Audi Q3 glides softly over uneven pavement on its sophisticated multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. The new BMW X1 is relatively fun to drive, but its upgraded suspension can reduce ride comfort, with more severe bumps and dips jostling the cabin's occupants.
  • The Q3 Has Standard All-Wheel Drive: Columbia drivers will like that the new Audi Q3 comes with quattro all-wheel drive for safer handling on slick streets. The new BMW X1 comes standard with front-wheel drive. You'll need to pay more if you want all-wheel drive in the X1.
  • The Q3 Is More Reliable: The new Audi Q3 earned a four-out-of-five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. The new BMW X1 received a 3.5 out of five reliability score from J.D. Power.
  • The Q3 Comes with a Panoramic Sunroof: A panoramic sunroof brightens up the cabin and allows for spectacular outdoor views near Lexington. The new Audi Q3 comes standard with a panoramic sunroof. You must pay extra if you want a panoramic moonroof in the new BMW X1.


Test Drive the New Audi Q3 at Audi Columbia

Both the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 are both first-class subcompact luxury SUVs that are fun to drive. But the Q3 has a nicer interior with more standard features than the X1. Audi Columbia has many Q3 trims for sale near Irmo, SC. Visit our dealership and test drive one today.


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