Compare 2021 Audi Q3 vs 2021 BMW X1 vs 2022 Buick Encore GX

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Premium 40 TFSI quattro
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q3 Premium 40 TFSI quattro 22 30 $31,960 $34,000
Q3 Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro 22 30 $31,960 $34,000
Q3 S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 20 28 $33,840 $36,000
Q3 S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 20 28 $33,840 $36,000
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sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X1 sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 24 33 $33,420 $35,400
X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 23 31 $35,280 $37,400
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AWD 4-Door Essence
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Encore GX AWD 4-Door Essence 26 29 $29,305 $30,400
Encore GX AWD 4-Door Preferred 26 29 $25,256 $26,200
Encore GX AWD 4-Door Select 26 29 $26,606 $27,600
Encore GX FWD 4-Door Essence 29 32 $27,763 $28,800
Encore GX FWD 4-Door Preferred 29 31 $23,328 $24,200
Encore GX FWD 4-Door Select 29 31 $24,678 $25,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,960
$33,420
$29,305
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,000
$35,400
$30,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$590 / month
$507 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.2
6.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Audi Q3 is bulky but not brash, with good tech and space inside for passengers and gear. The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value. The 2022 Buick Encore GX slips into a small premium crossover niche with turbo-3 power and good infotainment.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 33 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Large Cars Small Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 37 36.0
Front Leg Room (in)
40 40.4 40.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 39.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.2 53.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 41.9 39.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.6 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 101.2 94.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- - 51.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- - 47.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62.9 62.9 64.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.6 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
105.5 105.1 102.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 71.7 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 61.5 61.1
Length, Overall (in)
176.6 175.5 171.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - 7.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - - TBD -
Liftover Height (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
23.7 27.1 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.7 27.1 23.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
48 58.7 50.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 - - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 - - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 16.1 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 37.4 36.8
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA 927 QAI
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA ZDC
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR18 P225/50VR18 225/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 927 QAI
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR18 P225/50VR18 225/55R18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3902 3554 3273
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA 16 x - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Turbocharged
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 3500 258 @ 1450 174 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA L3T
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 1.3/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 4800 228 @ 5000 155 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 33 29
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.18 3.31
Trans Order Code
UA 205 M3F
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.43 1.49 2.45
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67 0.75
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.45
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.59 5.52 4.69
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.33 3.20 3.17
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 2.05 3.01
Trans Type
8 8 9
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.80 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.21 1.24 1.92
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 4.22 2.96
Ninth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.62
Clutch Size (in)
- - N/A
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi Q3 BMW X1 Buick Encore GX
Body Style
quattro Sport Utility Sports Activity Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Watts Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.6 6.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 210 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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