Here is the ultimate face-off between the three luxury SUVs Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3. Skoda Kodiaq is company’s first seven-seater SUV in the country. The SUV Skoda Kodiaq was recently launched in India and the first advantage that this SUV from Skoda has – the seven-seat configuration.
In the comparison between Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3, the other two premium SUVs possess the five-seat configuration and are in India for a long time. The BMW X1, as well as the Audi Q3, are indeed a tough competition for the newly launched Skoda Kodiaq but let’s see how all these SUVs rated in comparison to each other.
Here’s the comparison between the Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3.
Exterior comparison between Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3
In terms of design, all three cars Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3, carry their traditional design language. While the Skoda Kodiaq gets LED headlamps, wide three-dimensional radiator grille, neat and muscular lines on the sides and a neatly carved tailgate.
On the other hand, the front facade of the BMW X1 features an extended front grille in its traditional kidney shape. The grille is merged with circular headlamps with LED DRLs. The plastic cladding on the BMW X1 which includes a roof-mounted spoiler emphasizes the sporty look of the SUV. The sloping roofline, dual exhaust pipes and wrap-around tail lamps add to the sporty appearance of the BMW X1.
The third contender Audi Q3 gets the straight Audi styling with a large hexagonal grille. The chrome four-ring logo takes the centre-stage on the grille. The headlamps of the Audi Q3 are styled similar to the like the A4 sedan and are now come with LED units with signature LED DRLs.
When it comes to the exterior the Q3 is the largest in its segment amongst the entry-level premium luxury SUVs.
Interior comparison between Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3
The Skoda Kodiaq’s cabin is a blend of the Skoda Superb sedan and the new generation Skoda Octavia. The Skoda Kodiaq comes with premium upholstery, an eight-inch infotainment system and a panoramic sunroof. In addition to this, the Skoda Kodiaq also gets plush features such as dual-zone climate control with separate blowers for the rear seats as well as an auto-dimming interior mirror.
The BMW X1 gets a choice of a 6.5-inch or 8.5-inch display. The SUV also gets premium upholstery such as customary dual-zone climate control, electrically operated sunroof, cruise control, and electrically adjustable and retractable mirrors.
Though the Audi Q3 also gets similar premium features but in addition, it also gets premium leather upholstery beside the three-zone climate control. The Audi Q3 gets a waterfall centre console with a display screen for the infotainment system. This system is operated through the steering mounted controls.
Under the hood comparison between Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3
Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine the Skoda Kodiaq’s engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and AWD (All wheel drive) system. The turbo-diesel unit churns out 146bhp of power at 3500rpm and 340Nm of torque at 1750rpm.
A similar 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is offered in the BMW X1 that develops 188bhp of power and 400Nm of torque. The BMW X1 also gets a petrol version that carries 2.0-litre engine which produces 189bhp at 5000rpm and 280Nm of torque and 1250rpm. Both the diesel as well as petrol engines come mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. The BMW X1 also gets the X-drive all-wheel-drive option.
The Audi Q3 also gets two engine options – the petrol and the diesel option. While the diesel variant of the Audi Q3 gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, the petrol variant gets a 1.4-litre engine. In terms of power the diesel unit generates 180bhp of power for the all-wheel-drive models whereas the same engine pumps out 150bhp for the 2WD cars. The petrol variant of the Audi Q3 produces 148bhp of power at 5000rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1500rpm. The Audi Q3 comes with two transmission option – a six and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Here’s the winner between the Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3
While the Skoda Kodiaq is only limited to a diesel engine option, while the other two competitors are available in both fuel option – petrol as well as diesel. The Skoda Kodiaq is currently available in one fully loaded top-of-the-line Style variant which is the only option from the car maker. However, the Skoda Kodiaq gets an upper hand in the comparison between the three luxury SUVs Skoda Kodiaq Vs BMW X1 Vs Audi Q3 and this is because of the seven seat option which only the Skoda Kodiaq is offering.
For those who are more performance biased, the BMW X1 is definitely a good choice.
The Audi Q3 is more of a people’s SUV that offers something for everyone – where the Audi Q3 fulfills the requirement of the adventure seekers with its all-wheel drive variant, its 2WD variant is a great option for those who look for simple tastes.
The Skoda Kodiaq offers stability between convenience and power. This makes the Skoda Kodiaq a good choice for those looking for commuting within city as well as for those who love wandering on unknown roads.