A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X1

2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X1

The luxury vehicle portion of the compact crossover SUV class is among the most densely packed in the entire industry. Acura and European manufacturer, BMW, have been longtime rivals and both automakers have released new models for the new model year. Comparing the 2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X1 shows just how evenly matched the two vehicles are. However, the new Acura RDX, which is available at the Bill Gatton Acura showroom, still has a few tricks up its sleeve which may lure buyers away from the competition and behind the wheel of the new Acura crossover SUV. Interested customers can schedule a test drive with the 2018 Acura RDX by calling a Bill Gatton Acura sales professional today.

Unlike its competitors, the 2018 Acura RDX goes all in for its owners by being offered in a single trim with a couple of available accessory packages, AcuraWatch Plus and Technology. The standard version of the 2018 RDX and 2018 BMW X1 share many of the same standard features, but there is one specific portion of the two vehicles' technology offerings that puts the RDX out in front in the minds of expert internet reviewers. Smartphone integration is rapidly becoming one of the most popular infotainment features in the automotive industry. The system used by Acura stands out from the BMW version in a couple of ways. First, users have two touchscreen interface to work with; and finally, it is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.



2018 Acura RDX Vs. 2018 BMX X1
3.5-liter, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
279/252 Horsepower/Torque 228/258
Six-speed auto Transmission Eight-speed auto
38.3 in. Rear Legroom 39.4 in.


Performance specifications

Acura didn't cut any corners when it came time to pick a powertrain for the 2018 Acura RDX. Under the hood of each version available at Bill Gatton Acura is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine making 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheel via a precise and efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers also have the option of choosing an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. By comparison, the 2018 BMW X1 offers a single engine choice as well, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with a peak output of not quite 230 horsepower. Finally, the 2018 Acura has a stated towing capacity of around 1,500 pounds. BMW lists no information regarding the ability of the X1 to pull anything.

A front right quarter view of the 2018 Acura RDX on a mountain road.
A front view photo of a white 2018 Acura RDX driving on a rural road.

A view of the driver's cockpit, controls and infotainment system available in the 2018 Acura RDX
A look at the rear seats inside of the 2018 Acura RDX

A front quarter view of an Acura MDX on the road
A grey Acura RLX driving down a ramp in a parking garage


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