BMW X1 vs. the Competition

September 4th, 2018 by

white 2018 BMW X1 parked in an alley
If you’re a Chicago driver weighing the BMW X1 vs. the competition, you’ve already started down the right path. Few luxury SUVs can compete with a new BMW X1, and even those that match up on some points fall behind on others.

BMW X1 vs. Audi Q3

Both the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 seat up to five passengers — as do the remaining competitors — but BMW makes better use of interior space. Two tall adults should fit comfortably in the back seat of the BMW X1 while the Audi Q3 might feel a bit tight on legroom.

It should come as little surprise, then, that if you’re seeking the BMW X1 as a family vehicle, it offers up more cargo space at 58.7 cubic feet behind the first row while the Q3 maxes out at just 48.2 cubic feet. Audi even requires an upgrade for an infotainment system on the 2018 Q3.

BMW X1 vs. Range Rover Evoque

Much like the Audi Q3, the Range Rover Evoque comes up short on interior space, with its cargo volume maxing out at 51 cubic feet with the seats folded down compared to the 58.7 cubic feet of the BMW X1. Land Rover also makes the assumption that you will want all-wheel drive, which not all Winnetka or Park Ridge drivers do — BMW offers drivers the choice on the X1.

More than just interior comforts, the BMW X1 is designed for style and performance with a drag coefficient of just .32, lower than the Range Rover Evoque’s .35. Not only does this mean the X1 has some head-turning curves, it helps cut through the air smoother and keep the interior quieter.

BMW X1 vs. Lexus NX

If you’re weighing the Lexus NX, know that we have been building up the BMW X1 advantages as we go. Not only does the NX come up short on max cargo volume at 54.6 cubic feet, its passenger volume pales compared to the BMW. The BMW X1 has 101.2 cubic feet of passenger space while the NX has just 71.6 cubic feet.

Safety should be a concern on all crossover vehicles, and it’s why the available driver alert monitor of the BMW X1 deserves attention. This system can detect an inattentive driver and issue a warning, suggesting taking a break from the road. Despite the risk of drowsy driving, the NX doesn’t offer this safety feature.

Factor in the responsive turbocharged four-cylinder and the eight-speed automatic, and the BMW feels a bit more fun to drive around Chicago as well.

Test Drive the BMW X1

We’ve compared the BMW X1 vs. the competition, but we know there are other competing SUVs out there. The best way for you to experience the BMW X1 is to take it for a spin yourself. Contact Perillo BMW today to get behind the wheel and discover true luxury in an energetic crossover with a family-friendly cabin.

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