Compare 2021 BMW X1 vs 2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW X1 vs 2021 BMW X3
2021 BMW X1 2021 BMW X3


2.0L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


228 hp 248 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

24/33 * 25/29 *

0-60 mph

6.6 seconds ** 6.0 seconds **

Cargo Space

58.7 cu. ft. 62.7 cu. ft.

2021 BMW X1 vs 2021 BMW X3

Serving Milwaukee, WI

Today’s BMW lineup is loaded with performance-driven vehicles that are a true pleasure to drive. Across all of our models, you can enjoy a full array of luxurious amenities and materials. However, there are critical differences between the models, even between close siblings like the 2021 BMW X1 and the X3. The X1 is a subcompact luxury crossover that offers space for five passengers. The X3 is a step above the X1, and it is a compact luxury crossover with a higher price tag and a few premium attributes. After you get more familiar with your options at BMW of Milwaukee North, will you select the X1 or the X3 as your next crossover SUV?


One of the first things you may notice when you take the X1 and the X3 out for a behind-the-wheel comparison experience is that they have the same base engine. This is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the X1, this duo produces 228 horsepower. In the X3, this bumps up to 248 horsepower. In addition, the X1 has front-wheel drive, and the X3 has rear-wheel drive.


When you compare the 2021 BMW X1 to the 2021 X3 in person, you will undoubtedly see their shared sibling traits as well as their differences. For example, the X1 is 10 inches shorter than the X3 lengthwise. It is also several inches smaller in width and height. Both vehicles have BMW’s kidney-shaped grille with vertical bars and chrome definition. They also have a similar, three-part unit on the lower front fascia, LED headlights, and a deep scoop running horizontally down the side panels. The X3 stands apart with its aggressive headlight shape, and the accent vents mounted on the side panels near the front wheel wells.


The X1 and the X3 share a slew of technologies and luxuries inside the cabin. These include heated front seats, a hands-free communication system, a dual-zone auto climate control system, satellite radio, HD radio, premium materials, and more. The X3 adds optional heating for the rear row of seats, a wireless hotspot, an interior cargo shade, and a few other extras.

At BMW of Milwaukee North, we take customer satisfaction to heart, and we want you to love everything about the new crossover SUV you select from our inventory. When you shop at our dealership, you are assured that you will receive friendly, supportive assistance from your sales professional throughout each stage of your shopping experience. When you are ready to learn more about the 2021 BMW X1 and the X3, connect with a sales rep at BMW of Milwaukee North.

* EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary.
** BMW AG preliminary test results. Actual acceleration results may vary, depending on specification of vehicle; road and environmental conditions; testing procedures and driving style. These results should be used for comparison only and verification should not be attempted on public roads. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.