2021 BMW X1 vs BMW X3

BMW X1When you’re looking for your next BMW, their Sports Activity Vehicles—BMW’s version of SUVs—are great choices for drivers who love to bring their friends or family along for the ride. The BMW X1 and BMW X3 are two of BMW’s SAVs that are made for exploring.

If you’re interested in an SAV from BMW, but aren’t sure which might be better for you, BMW of Westchester has put this comparison together. We hope that drivers from Westchester County, Yonkers, and Hartsdale, NY, find this 2021 BMW X1 vs. BMW X3 comparison helpful.


Engine and Performance

BMW X3 Series On The RoadBoth the BMW X1 and BMW X3 have impressive engine options and are designed for powerful performance. Both SAVs have an 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes, which gives you more control when you want it.

The X1 comes with a standard engine with plenty of power to get you where you need to go. The 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine puts out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The X3, made for potential rough terrain adventures, has a few more engine options to choose from. The X3 has a more powerful available engine option for those who want more than the standard 248 horsepower of the 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine. You can also opt for an all-electric engine.

In-Cabin Technology

BMW is known for its driver-centered features, and the technology in X1 and X3 cabins is no different. Each comes with infotainment systems that make the driving experience even better. Both infotainment systems have voice command, Bluetooth®, and navigation. The X3’s screen comes to about 10.25 inches. If you prefer a smaller screen, the X1 has an 8.8-inch touchscreen.

The BMW X1 and the BMW X3 also have an available feature known as Information Projection. This Head-Up Display projects important information onto your windshield, so you don’t have to look down. Information on your windshield would include:

  • Navigation directions
  • Speed indication
  • Audio currently being played

Interior Comforts

BMW X1 Interior ComfortThe BMW X3 and X1 have seating for five people. Each SAV uses standard Sensatec upholstery, so you can enjoy the look and feel of leather in your vehicle. The X1 even has available Dakota leather upholstery for the style of real leather.

Both vehicles also have 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats for those who might want to pick up a rug or a coffee table you’ve had your eye on. There is plenty of cargo space in both.

To keep everyone comfortable while you’re on the go, the X1 and X3 have automatic climate control. The X3 even has three climate control zones so you and your passengers can pick their most comfortable temperature.

Test Drive Your Favorite BMW

The 2021 BMW X1 and the BMW X3 are great options for drivers looking for powerful engines, plenty of technology, and interior comforts. If you’re someone who loves to explore on and off the road, the BMW X3 might be for you. Prefer exploring cities and road-tripping? Check out the BMW X1.

Drivers from Westchester County, Yonkers, or Hartsdale, NY, interested in either of these BMWs, can visit BMW of Westchester for a test drive.

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