BMW X3 xDrive30i Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI w/ Quattro

In recent years, the US luxury automotive buyers have shifted their preferences from sedans to SUVs, with SUVs on pace to outsell sedans. BMW has taken note of this market trend and has recently introduced its newly redesigned 2018 X3 SUV. The all-new BMW X3 features 8 inches of ground clearance for navigating conditions from sand to snow, with plenty of margin for steep sections.

Let's take a comparative look at the 2018 BMX X3 versus the 2018 Audi Q3 to see which vehicle will best meet your everyday needs.

 KEY SPECIFICATIONS    BMW X3 xDrive30iAudi Q3 2.0 TFSI w/ Quattro
 2.0L TwinPower Turbo, 4 cyl 2.0L, 4 cyl
 Transmission 8-speed sport automatic 6-speed automatic
 Power     248 hp @ 5,200 - 6,500 rpm 200 hp @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
 MPG 22 city / 29 hwy / 25 combined 20 city / 28 hwy / 23 combined
 Cost $42,650 $35,000

Key Takeaways: The Audi Q3 costs less than the BMW X3 but it does not provide the performance, fuel economy, or low cost of ownership of the X3.

 DIMENSIONS - Exterior (in.) BMW X3 xDrive30iAudi Q3 2.0 TFSI w/ Quattro 
 Length 185.9 172.8
 Width 74.4 72.1
 Height 66.0 62.6
 Wheelbase 112.8 102.5
DIMENSIONS - Interior (in.)  
 Head Room 41.1/39.1 37.0/37.4
 Leg Room 40.3/36.4 40.0/31.1
 Shoulder57.6/56.0 55.8/53.6
 Cargo (cu. ft.) 28.7/62.7 16.7/50.3

Key Takeaways: The Q3 is smaller than the X3 with less cargo space, less headroom, and 10" smaller wheelbase which means less leg room for rear cabin passengers.

 COST OF OWNERSHIP BMW X3 xDrive30i Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI w/ Quattro 
 Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Drivetrain Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Stolen Vehicle Recovery Included w/ Nav. - 4 years Included w/ Nav.
 Roadside Assistance 4 years/unlimited miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Complimentary Maintenance 3 years/36,000 miles 1 year/10,000 miles
Key Takeaways: BMW offers a longer complimentary maintenance program for 3 years/36,000 mi vs. Audi's 1 year/10,000 mi. With its front-wheel drive architecture, the Q3 doesn't handle as well as the BMW with all the extra weight on the nose. As always, with BMW's better driving dynamics you can proactively avoid issues as opposed to relying on reactive safety measures such as airbags.

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