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 Car? team
27 January 2016

Our verdict

The old BMW X1 sold in bg numbers, in spite of its numerous shortcomings. So, this all-new and vastly superior model should positively fly out of showrooms – even considering its higher asking price.

It deserves to. The new X1 is remarkably spacious and practical by small SUV standards, and its classy interior and agile handling are also big draws. It’s also well equipped, with luxuries such as sat-nav and heated leather seats included as standard on xLine trim.

It isn’t perfect, mind. Our test car suffered from far too much road noise, which we hope was down to the non-standard run-flat tyres, although that remains to be seen. The previous X1 was also one of the least reliable cars in its class, which is a reputation this new version will want to shed quickly.

The Audi Q3 takes second spot. Its more comfortable ride and superior refinement count in its favour, and it’s the cheapest of the cars to buy and own privately. However, it isn’t especially practical or generously equipped, hasn’t proved especially reliable and it’s the most expensive to run as a company car.

The Range Rover Evoque’s chiselled looks have understandably seduced many buyers already, and if you buy one you’re unlikely to feel short-changed. But compared with its rivals here, the Evoque is disappointing to drive and cramped inside, and while its new diesel engine undoubtedly improves refinement and reduces running costs, the competition have moved their game on, too.

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1st – BMW X1

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Range Rover Evoque

For Most spacious and practical; high quality interior; tidy handling; brilliant infotainment system

Against Far too much road noise; highest depreciation; priciest to own

Verdict Good to drive, classy inside and remarkably practical. It's just a shame it's not quieter

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Audi Q3

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Range Rover Evoque

For Cheapest to buy; most comfortable and refined

Against Highest CO2 emissions; limited safety tech; reliability

Verdict A fine car, but cheaper Q3s make more sense

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Range Rover Evoque

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Range Rover Evoque

For Looks; resale values; plenty of safety kit

Against Choppy ride; so-so performance; pokey boot

Verdict There are better cars, but few as desirable

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 184 quattro S line S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £35,130

Target Price £31,549

Power 181bhp

Torque 280lb ft

0-60mph 7.6sec

Top speed 136mph

Fuel economy 41.5mpg

CO2 emissions 141g/km

BMW X1 xDrive20d xLine auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £34,800

Target Price £32,419

Power 188bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 8.0sec

Top speed 136mph

Fuel economy 42.7mpg

CO2 emissions 128g/km

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 TD4 180 SE auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £35,000

Target Price £33,869

Power 178bhp

Torque 317lb ft

0-60mph 9.1sec

Top speed 121mph

Fuel economy 55.3mpg (claimed)

CO2 emissions 134g/km