The two cars are compact luxury crossovers, but BMW X1 is a mini SUV while BMW X3 is a mid-size one. The X3 first hit the market in 2003 while the X1 in 2009. Both vehicles come with trim levels, such as sDrive18i, sDrive20i, sDrive18d, sDrive20d, xDrive18d, xDrive20i, xDrive28i, xDrive35i, xDrive20d, xDrive23d, xDrive25d. Lets compare this two models – 2016 BMW X1 vs X3.
2016 BMW X1 vs X3 – Exterior and Interior Design:
The X1 will be based on the UKL platform, a design architecture available in Mini Cooper, Mini Countryman, 2 Series Gran Tourer and 2 Series Active Tourer. The X3 will be built on the 3 Series platform which is available in X4, X5 and other few SUVs. The two cars will have elegant, sleek and sporty utility exteriors.
In the front end, the two crossovers will feature redesigned twin-kidney grilles, sleeker LED headlights, new bumpers, air intakes and bigger fog lamps. Their sides will include new skirts and 18-inch aluminum wheels. In the rear end, both cars will have blacked-out bumpers with exhaust tips well-fixed on them. Most of the exterior features will be bigger for 2016 BMW X3.
2016 BMW X1 will have a less spacious cabin, but will be able to offer comfortable rides. It will provide enough seating and cargo space. Both cars will have contemporary cabins featuring top-quality materials & sophisticated equipment and capable of accommodating 5 passengers. The steering wheel, seats and other components will be upholstered in leather. Also, the two cars will have a rank pinion steering wheel.
When it comes to the technology, the two luxury crossovers will have updated infotainment systems featuring large touchscreen displays and a host of digital controls. They will have additional tech features such as a climate control system, a navigation unit and a premium audio system. In addition, the mid-size SUVs will get connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Smartphone integration and USB ports.
Moreover, the BWM compact crossovers will be safe and secure with the following features: active cruise control, ABS, dynamic traction control, frontal collision warning, park distance control, rear-view camera, airbags, lane departure warning, seatbelts, keyless entry and blind spot monitoring system.
2016 BMW X1 vs X3 – Engine and Performance:
The 2016 BMW X1 vs X3 will share one engine, which is a 2.0-liter twinturbo I4 engine rated at 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. This engine will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system. The X3 will get an additional engine, 3.0-liter twinturbo I6, with a capacity of 300 hp 465 lb-ft. This engine will also be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system. As for the suspension, both cars will have strut and multi-link in the front and rear respectively.
Equipped with an all-wheel drive, the X1 will take 6.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. Its top speed is estimated at 140 mph. On the other side, X3 will come with a front-wheel, rear-wheel and also an all-wheel drive. It will take 5.0 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph and achieve a top speed of around 155 mph. According to the powertrain ratings, 2016 BMW X3 will be more powerful.
As for the fuel economy, the small SUV will have EPA ratings estimated at 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The mid-size SUV will record 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Concerning emissions, 2016 BMW X1 will be better than the other car.
2016 BMW X1 vs X3 – Price and Release Date:
The mini SUV will be cheaper. It will cost around $5,000 less than the mid-size one. The two cars will have their next models released at the same time, which is the second half of 2016.
The upcoming small crossover will be rivaled by Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Chevrolet Trax and Infiniti QX30. On the other hand, the mid-size crossover will face rivalry from Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, Land Rover Range Evoque and Acura RDX.