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BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Range Rover Evoque

The original BMW X1 was a bit of a disappointment, but how does this second-generation model stack up against the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque?

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What will they cost?

The BMW X1 has the lowest list price, but it's undercut by the Audi Q3 once you've factored in discounts. You’ll actually need an extra Β£870 to buy the BMW X1, while the Range Rover Evoque will set you back a further Β£1450 at the outset.

However, while the Evoque is comparatively pricey to buy, strong desirability means it’ll pay you a lot of that cash back when you decide to sell. In fact, consider all the bills you’re likely to face over three years (and 36,000 miles) and the Evoque actually works out a cheaper proposition than the X1.

The Q3 works out most cost-effective for private buyers, despite its slightly disappointing real-world fuel economy of 41.5mpg. The X1 proved marginally more frugal (42.7mpg), but our True MPG experts weren’t able to analyse the Evoque’s fuel economy in time for this test.

It’s a different story if you’re a company car driver because the Q3’s relatively high CO2 emissions mean it’ll cost you the most each month in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Over three years, and as a 40% rate taxpayer, you’ll sacrifice Β£530 less of your salary to run the Evoque. There’s a further Β£600 saving on offer if you choose the X1.

Disappointingly, though, the X1 is by far the most expensive of the trio to lease, at Β£421 a month. Our contract hire rate supplier charges Β£39 and Β£50 a month less for the Q3 and Evoque respectively.

All three cars come with 18in alloys, climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and rear parking sensors, while only the Q3 misses out on leather upholstery (part leather is standard) and heated front seats.

A budget of Β£35,000 limits you to entry-level SE trim on the Evoque, but in some respects it actually betters its rivals for luxuries, thanks to standard-fit electric front seats, cruise control and front parking sensors. Then again, it’s the only one of the trio without a powered tailgate and full LED headlights, although both of these things are available as options.

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