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2024 BMW X1 vs X3: The differences

2024 BMW X1 vs X3: The differences

2024 BMW X1 vs X3: The differences

The 2024 BMW X1 vs X3 are luxury SUVs that have been cruising our streets for several years now. While the German manufacturer’s X1 model is in its twelfth year, the X3 is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Read on below to find out more about the BMW X1 specs and the BMW X3 specs.

BMW X1 and BMW X3: Interior and Exterior Design

The BMW X1 went through a makeover in 2023 with improvements to the chassis, giving it an even more dynamic style, always ready to pounce. The monolithic design of surfaces and the thin adaptive LED headlights that reach to each side of the X1 all work toward lending it an ultra modern design.

The 2024 BMW X3 is very practical. The angular radiator grille with new bumpers with vertical air intakes, along with the Full LED headlights make it even more modern still.

The 2024 BMW X1 vs X3 interior offer elevated levels of German comfort. The ergonomic seats have numerous settings and provide you with lumbar support, allowing you to drive for hours on end without getting tired. In both cases, you will find a long touch screen with user-friendly controls and a console with integrated features that are easy to use.

Front view of the BMW X1 2024 in a public parking lot with a young man getting out of the car

2024 X1 vs X3: Price and Trims

The 2024 BMW X1 is available in an xDrive28i or M35i xDrive trim, starting at $ 45,800.

The German manufacturer’s X3 also comes in two trims, at a base price of $ 55,200. In fact, you can opt for an xDrive30i trim, or a version with a mild-hybrid system, the xDrive30e.

That is not all: depending on your taste, you will be able to configure your own luxury SUV, given that there are numerous combinations of equipment, body colours and interior finishes.

BMW X1 and BMW X3: Specs

Powertrain and Power

Depending on if you choose the X1 or the X3, you will have two different powertrains:

Powertrains 2024 BMW X1 2024 BMW X3
Powertrain 1 xDrive28i
2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
241 horsepower / 295 lb-ft.
2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
248 horsepower / 258 lb-ft.
Powertrain 2 M35i xDrive
2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
312 horsepower / 295 lb-ft.
2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
+ mild-hybrid system
288 horsepower / 310 lb-ft.

As you can see, the X1 vs X3 both come with different specs sheets in terms of the powertrain, but are both high-performance nonetheless. Both of these SUVs are powerful in their respective segment.

Finally, we have not mentioned the BMW X3 M40i nor the M Competition trims in this comparison in order to avoid even more significant differences between both vehicles; but you should know that there is a 3.0 L 6- cylinder trim with an impressive 503 horsepower and generous 479 lb-ft. maximum torque (M Competition).

Front view of the BMW X3, parked in a hangar, ready to go.

Fuel Consumption

While the BMW X1 offers combined fuel consumption numbers of 8.4 L/100 km (xDrive28i), the X3 provides you with combined fuel consumption numbers of 9,9 L/100 km (xDrive30i). There is no significant difference with the other X3 trim (10,1 L/100 km).

As you can see, both SUVs are quite reasonable, and you won’t have to empty your wallet at the gas station.

Towing Capacity and Cargo Space

Although towing is not recommended for the BMW X1, the towing capacity for the X3 reaches up to 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg), which is plenty to haul your trailer or gear.

As for the amount of cargo space, it reaches between 728 L and 1,620 L (seats down) for the X1 and reaches between 813 L and 1,775 L (seats down ‒ xDrive30i model) for the X3.

Table of differences between the BMW X1 and X3 2024

BMW X1 and BMW X3: Dimensions

Before taking a closer look at the vehicles’ dimensions, let’s remember that the X1 is a subcompact luxury SUV while the X3 is a compact luxury SUV. Both models belong to different categories, which will have a great influence over their overall dimensions.

Dimensions BMW X1 BMW X3
Wheelbase 2,692 mm 2,864 mm
Length 4,500 mm 4,721 mm
Width 1,845 mm 1,891 mm
Height 1,642 mm 1,676 mm

As you can see, the BMW X3 for sale in Montreal, is 221 mm longer, 46 mm wider and 34 mm higher than the X1.

On-Board BMW Technologies

Once more, the German manufacturer is truly generous when it comes to on-board technologies and driver assist features.

On-Board Technologies

  • An 8.8- inch touch screen (X1) and curved 14.9- inch screen (X3)
  • 14- Speaker Harman Kardon sound system (X1) or optional 16- speaker sound system (X3)
  • 3D Navigation (X1) and BMW Live Cockpit Navigation Plus (X3)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • A wireless charger
  • USB Ports
  • The My BMW (X3) app
  • And so much more

Safety Technologies and Driver Assist Features

  • Rear collision prevention
  • Drowsy driver alert
  • Head-up display
  • Road sign recognition with intelligent speed control
  • Semi-autonomous driving on highway
  • Protection system in intersections
  • Lane change assistant
  • Etc.
View of the BMW X3 interior and dashboard


No matter if you are looking for a small luxury SUV like the BMW X1 for sale in Montreal or a compact SUV like the X3, you should know that they are both excellent vehicles. The differences are mostly found in the powertrains, the dimensions, the towing capacity and cargo space, along with the on-board technologies.

All in all, you will have the choice between an SUV that can easily weave in and out of city streets, or a sturdier X3 with a more generous amount of space. In both cases, road handling is outstanding.

Come and take one of our 2024 X1 or X3 out for a test drive at your BMW dealership in the West Island, close to Vaudreuil, Laval and the South Shore of Montreal. Take advantage of BMW financing and BMW special offers in Montreal. A team of seasoned experts is waiting for you!

BMW X1 and BMW X3: A Summary Table

Features 2024 BMW X1 2024 BMW X3
Powertrain xDrive28iM35i xDrive xDrive30ixDrive30e
Horsepower 241312 248288
Torque 295 lb-ft.295 lb-ft. 258 lb-ft.310 lb-ft.
Towing Capacity N/R 4,400 lbs
Cargo Space 728 L – 1,620 L 813 L – 1,775 L
Base Price $ 45,800 $ 55,200
Rear view of the BMW X1 on a country road under full power

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