You've been eyeing a BMW SUV for its legendary performance and luxury design. But with model options like the 2021 BMW X1 and the 2021 BMW X3, it can be hard to settle on which one will not only meet your daily needs around Battle Creek but also be the most entertaining and thrilling to drive.

We've compared the two models to help make the decision easier. Read on to see how these SUVs compare.

A Matchup in Size

The BMW X3 is a compact SUV bigger in size, more powerful, and includes more standard features than the BMW X1. The X3 has a longer wheelbase and bigger exterior dimensions – taller, wider by about three inches, longer by almost 10 inches. It also provides more cargo space at a maximum of 62.7 cubic feet.

The subcompact BMW X1 can park in tight spaces and around tight corners in Kalamazoo. The X1 is smaller in size but offers a maximum of 58.7 cubic feet of cargo space and more rear legroom at 37 inches, perfect for the adults carpooling with you.

Engine Options

With the BMW X1, you get a combination of power with simpler sports performance. The BMW X3 has more power to its engine, as do the X3 M, X3 M40i, and hybrid X3 xDrive30e models.


The X1 is available in the X1 sDrive28i and the X1 xDrive28i models. Each has a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder, 228-hp engine. The X1 offers an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.


The X3 has a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-foot of torque. It has an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

BMW Technology Features

Both the BMW X1 and BMW X3 offer many of the same available technology features that make the car comfortable and exciting to drive. Some features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • HiFi Sound System with 205-watt digital amplifier and 12 speakers
  • iDrive 6.0 System

Explore the BMW X1 and X3 SUVs at Zeigler BMW of Kalamazoo

Both the BMW X1 and BMW X3 are great SUV options in the BMW lineup. Both can meet the different needs our drivers in Plainwell have. We're proud to offer a selection of 2021 BMW X1 and 2021 BMW X3 models for sale in Three Rivers. Schedule a test drive today!

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