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2023 BMW X1 vs X3: price, differences, specs, etc.

2023 BMW X1 vs X3: price, differences, specs, etc.

BMW X1 vs X3 at BMW West Island, in a class of its own!

Compact or subcompact SUV? This question comes up more and more amongst drivers looking for a sturdy yet practical vehicle. If you are wondering which to choose between the 2023 BMW X1 vs 2023 BMW X3, read on below!

Your BMW dealership in the West Island in Montreal, close to Laval, offers this comparison between both BMW Canada models.

BMW X1 vs BMW X3: Comparing Specs

The different available trims

Let’s begin by taking a look at what trims are available for the X1 vs X3. Here is what each one offers:

Model Trims
BMW X1 xDrive28i
BMW X3 xDrive30i xDrive30e M40i

Although the X1 only offers 1 trim, it comes with two different options: the dual clutch Steptronic transmission or an automatic sports transmission.

Front 3/4 view of the BMW X1 xdrive23i at the bottom of a hill.

2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i

Front 3/4 view of the BMW X3 xDrive30e at the bottom of a hill.

BMW X3 xDrive30e

Powertrain and performance

Between the two, you will have access to four different powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid SUV with the X3: the xDrive30e. In case you are curious, find out more about how a hybrid vehicle works! Here is the power offered by both vehicles;

Models Trims Powertrain Power/Torque
X1 xDrive28i 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo 241 horsepower/ 295 lb-ft.
X3 xDrive30i 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo 248 horsepower / 258 lb-ft.
xDrive30e 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo + electric 288 horsepower / 310 lb-ft.
M40i 3.0 L 6- cylinder turbo + mild-hybrid 382 horsepower / 369 lb-ft.
Side view of the 2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i being driven at full power down a road.

2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i

Side view of the BMW X3 xDrive30e driving at full speed on a road.

BMW X3 xDrive30e

Moreover, all BMW SUVs are standard equipped with all-wheel drive, providing you with peace of mind in every season.

Towing Capacity and Cargo Space

As often is the case with subcompact SUVs, towing is not recommended with the BMW X1. However, you will have access to generous cargo space compared to other vehicles of its category: in the trunk alone you will have up to 728 liters of cargo space, and when seats are folded down that number climbs up to 1,620 liters.

Slightly bigger, the BMW X3 offers a generous towing capacity of up to 4,400 pounds. When it comes to cargo space, it ranges between 813 and 1,775 liters.


The dimensions in regards to each model is one of the main differences between the 2023 BMW X1 vs BMW X3. Take note that the M40i version is slightly different in terms of size. Here is how they compare:

BMW Version : X1 X3 X3 M40i
Length 4,500 mm 4,708 mm 4,713 mm
Width 1,845 mm 1,891 mm 1,897 mm
Height 1,642 mm 1,676 mm 1,669 mm
Wheelbase 2,692 mm 2,864 mm
The BMW X1 xdrive23i parked in nature not far from the sea and mountains.

2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i

Rear 3/4 view of BMW X3 M parked on pavement outdoors.


BMW Technologies on board

Added Technologies

Both luxury SUVs offer a complete set of standard offered technologies, including standard features such as:

  • Integrated Navigation
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • An intelligent voice activated assistant
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Let’s also mention that the 2023 X1 has been improved this year and offers a new curved screen which combines 10.25- inch instrumentation with a 10.7- inch touch screen. With the 2023 X3, you will have access to a 10.25- or 12.3- inch central screen.

Safety Features and Driver Assist Technologies

Both BMW SUVs help you drive safely and with peace of mind thanks to loads of safety features such as:

  • High Beam Assist
  • Parking Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • And much more!
Front interior of the 2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i including all its technologies.

2023 BMW X1 xdrive23i

Front interior of the BMW X3 xdrive30d including all its technologies.

BMW X3 xdrive30d

X1 vs X3: Differences in Terms of Design

Firstly, the X1 has been made over for this newest generation, and now presents a much more athletic and imposing silhouette. It comes with 18- to 20- inch wheels and in a total of 13 body colors, including 5 new ones.

The X3 remains a little bit more imposing still, and comes with 19- to 21- inch wheels. You will have the choice between 11 body colors, with choices that are not as bold as the ones offered for the X1.

However, it will provide you with more interior options, including Merino or Vernasca leather in several different colors. The X3 and the X1 both come standard upholstered with a leather-like material called SensaTec.

The X1 offers optional trims like eucalyptus or aluminum, while the X3 takes this a step further by offering oak, ash or carbon fiber. The latter also offers climate control on three zones, while the X1 comes with automatic air conditioning on two zones.

X1 badge at the bottom of the tail light of the BMW SUV.
X3 badge at the bottom of the tail light of the BMW SUV.

BMW X1 vs X3: Prices?

The subcompact 2023 BMW X1 is offered at a base prices of $ 48,952. Given that the X3 is bigger, more powerful and more luxurious, it is also –obviously- a little bit more expensive. Prices range between $ 58,352 and $ 73,652, depending on selected trim.

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In short, those who are looking for an SUV that is a bit roomier while also offering slightly more luxury and power will naturally lean towards the X3. The X1 remains a very interesting option with a powerful standard offered engine, cutting-edge technologies and a refined interior but at a more affordable price.

No matter which vehicle you have your heart set on, BMW West Island in Montreal, close to Laval, offers customized BMW financing solutions.

BMW X1 vs BMW X3: at a glance

Here is all of the necessary information at a glance to simplify your choice between the 2023 BMW X1 2023 vs BMW X3:

BMW version : BMW X1 BMW X3
Price $ 48,952 $ 58,352 $ 68,142 $ 73,652
Trim xDrive28i xDrive30i xDrive30e M40i
Powertrain 2.0 L 4- cyl. L turbo 2.0 L 4- cyl. L turbo 2.0 L 4- cyl. L turbo + electric 3.0 L 6- cyl. turbo + mild-hybrid
Power/Torque 241 HP/ 295 lb-ft. 248 HP / 258 lb-ft. 288 HP/ 310 lb-ft. 382 HP/ 369 lb-ft.
Cargo Space 728 to 1,620 L 813 to 1,775 L

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