Audi Q3 Sportback Or BMW X2? We Compare Them, You Tell Us Which One You’d Go For

If your idea of a small premium crossover is something with a sloped roof line and almost looks like an overgrown compact hatchback, then you’re in luck because this segment has hit a growth spurt.

Until recently, it was just the BMW X2 and Lexus UX that offered dynamic-looking alternatives to the likes of the X1, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 or Volvo XC40. Now, Audi went and built a Sportback version of the Q3 so as to give younger buyers another option to consider.

Unlike the regular Q3, this new variant is rocking a black Singleframe grille and an upward sweeping beltline to go with the less practical but more visually-appealing roofline. The Sportback also comes with plastic body cladding, a rakish rear window and a new bumper design.

Of course, if it’s sporty you want, you can’t do much better in this segment than a crossover than looks more like a taller 1-Series than a shorter X1. Like this latest Audi model, the BMW X2 also features a sloping roof, prominent shoulders, tailgate-mounted spoiler and body cladding. However, you could argue that it’s less of an SUV Coupe and more of a tweener of sorts.

How do they compare on paper?

For starters, the Audi is a tiny bit bigger, measuring 4,484 mm (176.5 inches) in length, 1,849 mm (72.8 inches) in width and 1,585 mm (62.4 inches) in height. Its wheelbase meanwhile is 2,680 mm (105.5 inches) long. The X2 on the other hand, is 4,360 mm (171.6 inches) long, 1,824 mm (71.8 inches) wide and stands 1,526 mm (60 inches) tall, with a 2,670 mm (105.1 inch) long wheelbase.

The Q3 Sportback also has a bigger trunk, with 530 liters (18.7 cu.ft) available to you with the rear seats upright. Fold everything and you get 1,525 liters (53.8 cu.ft) of space. The BMW has a notably smaller luggage compartment at 470 liters (16.6 cu.ft) with the seats in place and 1,355 liters (47.8 cu.ft) otherwise.

Also read: BMW X2 vs. Volvo XC40 vs. Jaguar E-PACE In Small Premium SUV Combat

In terms of performance, Audi is only unveiling two versions of the Q3 Sportback at launch – a 35 TDI s tronic model and a 45 TFSI quattro s-tronic variant. Here’s how the latter compares to a turbo gasoline X2:

– Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro: 2.0L turbo, 227 HP (230 PS), 258 lb-ft (350 Nm), 0-62 in 6.5 sec

– X2 xDrive28i: 2.0L turbo, 228 HP (231 PS), 258 lb-ft (350 Nm), 0-62 in 6.5 sec

As you can see, you’ll get the same type of performance regardless of which crossover you buy.

What about tech?

The dashboard of the Q3 Sportback is identical to the one in the regular Q3, meaning it features a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster as standard, and a 10.1-inch infotainment display. Pay extra and you can get the 12.3-inch instrument cluster instead, to go with your motion activated tailgate, ambient lighting and so on.

Interestingly enough, you can’t get the X2 with a fully digital gauge cluster, whereas its standard infotainment system only has a 6.5-inch display – the optional one measures 8.8 inches, which is still less than the standard one in the Audi.

In the end, you can definitely argue in favor of the Audi being a slightly more modern car than the BMW as far as their interiors are concerned. Otherwise, we reckon most buyers will simply choose the car that appeals more to them in terms of pricing and styling.

Which one would you go for and why?


  • Merc1

    The Audi looks better inside and out.


  • performante

    Audi executed the Q3 much, much better.


    So where is positioned Q2?

  • ctk4949

    Q3 interior, X3 exterior minus the stupid badge on the C pillar!!

  • charlotteharry57

    Proof that this whole CUV thing has hit the point of beyond ridculousness. Neither of these should have “utility” in their names with those tiny cargo holds. Bet a Honda Fit holds more.

  • Rasta_Farian

    Neither: I think they are both ugly lol!

  • Dennis James

    The X2 has a far better stance, the Audi looks hunpy and weird.

  • SamBamm

    they both have great greenhouses, but everything below the belt line looks like it was made from random Lego pieces. So cluttered that there is not a cohesive shape to admire.

  • Six_Tymes

    the Audi looks better, both inside and out. however, the reason for suv’s vehicles in the first place is cargo space, it looks like the bmw might have more cargo space than the Audi.

    • Carenthusiast

      Article says Audi has 60lrs more trunk volume than BMW

  • Carenthusiast

    I’d go for Q3 Sportback

  • erly5

    BMW X2 exterior with Q3 interior. The sloping roof of the Q3 is too much and the interior of the X2 looks very dated in comparison.

  • KidRed

    Audi Q3 sportback. But it’s not coming to the states, so it’s trick question.

  • Leconte Dave

    Q3 looks better

  • botornot387

    purely on style and interior, award goes to Q3. In terms of driving dynamics, remains to be seen and its not coming stateside so…

  • Matthijs

    Rather the X2 but not in M Sport X like shown on the pictures. A normal version with big wheels looks good enough

  • Aeromann

    I am fed up with all of these suvs…

    In 10 years we will have only suvs…sedan suv, sportbrake suv, mini suv, coupe suv, big suv, limousine suv. 😔



  • MarketAndChurch

    It’s a real shame the Q3 isn’t the Q8. That design would look so good on a larger, longer vehicle.

  • klowik

    The slanty back doesn’t make it look better. I still prefer the less slanty version..

  • Stealth333

    Can I vote neither? 😀

    • Aeromann

      Yes me neither. 😬

  • Lucius

    Since I’m not a low-IQ, privileged, elitist, narcissistic, legacy graduate of a prestigious university d-bag who got their sweet middle-management job because of daddy’s golf buddies…..I’d have neither.

    • Some ol’ bloke

      I wouldn’t call people who have good jobs low IQ

      • Lucius

        You might be low IQ because you missed the point. The point being they got the jobs via graft and nepotism rather than merit…and based on the up-votes my comment got I’m not the only one who has to deal with these kind of entitled half-wits. These idiots are always driving entry-to-mid level luxury brands giving them a well deserved social stigma with those of us who actually earned our success.

        • Some ol’ bloke

          Judging from the upvotes @AdrienDelattre:disqus got means that also a fair few people disagree….
          Also, no I am not low IQ thanks and just because others have a higher than average amount of money doesn’t mean that all or even the majority have gone and just asked mummy and daddy for some $40000 of pocket money. And also calling them half-wits, entitled and Idiots is just plain, well, half-witted, and idiotic. They obviously work to some extent and I know people who have seen Bmws and Mercedes’ and saved up for a while because they want one. Judging from the way your first comment is basically telling everyone who has a Bmw or an Audi they are “low-IQ, privileged, elitist, narcissistic, legacy graduate of a prestigious university d-bag”
          It almost sounds like you are bitter about something like, say, not getting that middle management job you’ve been dreaming of…. I don’t know what but what you are saying is bringing down everyone who ever did well in schooling, and got a good job, as dumbies.

          • Lucius

            You seem really defensive about my assertions…I must be hitting pretty close to home.

    • Didou

      Waow someone had a bad day huh ?

      • Lucius

        You clearly don’t have to deal with these types of people (or perhaps you are one, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt)…it’s like living the scene in Idiocracy where he’s trying to convince them to water their crops with water. So yes, it can lead to a bad day.

  • SteersUright

    Which one actually drives better?

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Why the x4 – the q3 is based off the a3 and the x2 is based off the one series, and the a3 is a 1 series competitor….

    • Daniela Wolf

      Q2 is based on the A3, Q3 is built on MQB as well but not built tohether with the A3.

      • Some ol’ bloke

        The q2 is based off the a1 – like the mazda cx3 is based off the mx-2 – it just doesn’t look it

        • Rimas Kurtinaitis

          The Q2 is based on the A3’s chassis, just like the Ateca and the Karoq.

        • Daniela Wolf

          A1 + Q3 based on MQB-Ax, a3 based on MQB

  • Some ol’ bloke

    A q3 in the x2’s body would be the ideal….

    • Mike Gonzalez

      LOL that’s what I was thinking, I like the interior of Audi much better than BMW but the exterior the X2 is more proportioned

  • Rimas Kurtinaitis

    Kamiq, A1, Polo, Ibiza, T-Cross, Arona etc are on the MQB A0. The Q2, the Ateca and the Karoq are on the MQB A1. Small differences that nobody would pay attention about, though.

    Also, a dead giveaway on the chassis difference is that the Q2 can be specced with quattro, while the A1 can’t due to platform reasons, as per Audi – hell, there can’t even be an S1 now.

  • chris

    Q3, lol. X2 is tacky and it’s interior is 7 years old already.

  • rodriguez256

    I’d easily take the Audi over the BMW. The Audi has cleaner exterior design and the interior is far superior.

  • Bob

    Before even bothering to read the article, I pick “not the BMW”.

  • they both look bad. The new Q3 even if too complicated is better looking than the old one. For the X2 as my to use the words of my friends at BMW… “it’s god damn too expensive for what it is!”. Back to the Q3… The infotainment system… It’s the best mix between touch screen and simple climate system. Much better than the two touch screens on A6; A7, new Q7, Q8…

  • to make a comment about the sportback name.. This is wrong. If they wanted to do like for the A3… than I guess the regular Q3 should be the sportback variant. (even if the ame is stupid like Audi’s new numbers for the engines/power)

  • Big Black Duck

    Bmw Exterior and Audi Interior would be nice

  • Benjamin B.

    Why not use the Q4 nameplate? Like a mini Q8?

    • JqC

      Because I believe (based upon my sojourn at the E-tron launch in Marbella, Spain) that Audi intends to use even numbered model names for all-electric variants. What I am saying is…. shhh…. there is already a Q4. I saw it….. There’s even a Q6 concept …… shhhh….. Yeah I know. The Q8 breaks the mold.

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