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The 2022 BMW X1 vs. the 2022 BMW X3: what’s the big difference? It may seem like these two luxury small SUVs have so much in common that it’s difficult to choose between them. So what are the big differences between the 2022 BMW X1 and the 2022 BMW X3? And is the X3 worth paying a little extra? Let’s take a look at what you get in each of these luxury small SUVs.

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The 2022 BMW X1 vs. the 2022 BMW X3: which is cheaper

The 2022 BMW X1 is smaller than the 2022 BMW X3, and it’s cheaper, too. The BMW X1 price starts at $36,395. It comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 228 hp.

The 2022 BMW X3 sDrive30i price starts at $45,400. For this you’ll get a 2.0-liter twin turbo inline 4. This comes with rear-wheel-drive and makes 248 hp. It also has 19-inch wheels and sport seats, according to BMW

Both the BMW X1 and the BMW X3 come with similar features

Both the 2022 BMW X1 and the 2022 BMW X3 come loaded with similar features. The 2022 BMW X1 comes with roof rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a power liftgate. The X1 also has simulated leather seats and power adjustable front seats. It also has an 8.8-inch touchscreen display that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

The 2022 BMW X3 sDrive30i comes with a navigation system, and active driving assistant. The X3 is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has a 12-speaker sound system. You can get over-the-air updates in the 2022 X3. There’s simulated leather in the X3, as well as remote monitoring and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The X1 and X3 have M Sport options

The Convenience package, as the name suggests, will make the BMW X1 even more convenient with features like ambient interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof. The Premium package has everything in the Convenience package and it also adds things like heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Luxury package is another add-on that includes real leather seats as well as a wood-grain or aluminum trim.

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i has a starting price of $57,800.  Of course, fully load it and you could end up well over $70,000. Yet if you love BMWs and have the budget for it, it might be well worth it. The BMW X3 M40i has adaptive headlights, a sport suspension, and some serious tires. It also comes with nice features such as a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, and a digital display gauge.

If you’re in the market for a luxury small SUV, the 2022 BMW X1 vs. the 2022 BMW X3 may be in interesting decision to have to make. Sure, the X3 is bigger, and in terms of safety, that may give it an edge. Yet if safety is your priority, you’ll want to find an SUV that wins a safety award, as neither X1 nor the X3 do. In the grand scheme of things, is the 2022 BMW X3 worth an extra $10,000? Probably not.


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