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BMW X1 vs Audi Q3: Who will win in India?

Last updated on: March 5, 2013 11:51 IST

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The two car makers from Germany, BMW and Audi are in a tug of war for the top slot in the luxury car segment in India.

BMW recently launched the facelifted version of its ace compact SUV, BMW X1, on the other hand Audi too spun off Audi Q3 SUV in the petrol version.

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The neck-to-neck competition between the German duo has become tighter.

The luxury segment has seen a surge in demand particularly in the last couple of years with these 'competitively priced' SUVs.

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This is the reason why these car majors keep introducing new elements in these vehicles as they are high in demand.

Audi recently added a new petrol variant to the Q3 line up, which is available for sale at Rs 27.37 lakh.

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BMW too has rolled out the upgraded version of X1 SUV, which is now available at Rs 27.9 lakh for the base sDrive20D trim, other than this the xLine and Sportsline variants are up for grabs at Rs 32.5 lakh.

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The new Audi Q3 petrol version comes affixed with a 2.0 litre TFSI engine that pumps power of 208.1 Bhp and 30.6 kgm of max torque.

Just like its diesel variant, Audi Q3 petrol too is equipped with a seven speed automatic gearbox.

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BMW X1 SUV has received styling tweaks that makes it much modish than before.

Under the hood is the same 2.0 litre diesel engine but it pumps out enhanced power of 181 Bhp and 38.74 kgm of torque.

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The exterior stance of these premium SUVs catch the attention as soon as you look at them.

Oozing luxury from every angle, BMW X1 comes with a bean shaped front grille which is connected to the bonnet.

The vibrant headlamps in the front and the sporty overhangs present at the back enhance the looks of the SUV.

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BMW X1 looks more like an oversized hatchback, while Audi Q3 has a sturdier look; however, it does have resemblance with other SUVs in Q Series viz Audi Q5 and Audi Q7.

Presence of daytime running LEDs and the huge grille with the iconic Audi monogram fixed on it make Audi Q3 desirable. Step inside BMW X1 and you will be a tad disappointed by the low driving position.

Also the interiors seem dingy which does not give a premium feel as it should. Audi Q3 on the other hand has a high seating position that allows a better view of outside.

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BMW X1 comes with an eight-speed auto box, the SUV propels from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds while Audi Q3 sprints from 0 to 100 in 7.94 seconds thanks to the seven speed S-Tronic auto gearbox.

Audi Q3 attains top speed of 210 kmph beating BMW X1's 205 kmph.

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The new Audi Q3 petrol trim vrooms from 0 to 100 in meagre 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230kph.

Fuel efficiency numbers delivered by both the SUVs are almost similar; however, BMW X1 offers slightly more than Q3 at 10.1 kmpl as compared to 9.8 kmpl returned by Audi Q3.

The new petrol version of Q3 returns 11.7 kms on a litre.

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BMW X1 comes with resplendent interiors that has a dual tone dashboard, apart from this features like speedometer, fuel level consumption, ambient lighting, illuminated glove compartment, instrumental panel with twin dials donning tachometer, illumination for vanity mirrors are present in the SUV.

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Audi has bestowed Q3 SUV with features like automatic air conditioning, ambient lighting, hill-start assist, on-board computer seen through an efficiency program, panoramic sunroof, power windows, integrated audio system , rear wiper, steering wheel with mounted controls, 4-way lumbar support and defogger.


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