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

2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X1

A buyer's options for compact luxury crossover SUVs are about as vast as any other segment in the current automotive industry – and there are more choices added every year. This veritable arms race is very much on display in a brief comparison of the 2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X1. Overall, compact crossover SUVs are among the most popular classes of vehicle in the country. Acura has run with its entry into the segment with the 2018 RDX. Available in a single trim with available accessory packages Spitzer Acura shoppers can choose from, it is strongly positioned as a very family-friendly vehicle that is almost universally regarded we well-equipped, spacious and hosts a strong list of standard accessories.

It is very likely that a person doing some comparison shopping between the 2018 Acura RDX and the 2018 BMW X1 may see more similarities than differences, including both vehicles having very competitive suggested starting prices* their respective manufacturers. As a single-trim offering, the 2018 Acura RDX is going to be hard for competitors to match in terms of standard equipment. The new RDX offers a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control and cruise control on all versions, as does the X1. However, Acura features like the crossover SUV's sunroof are only available on the BMW vehicle as an upgrade which will bump up the price a bit. Additionally, the X1 has been criticized for having a bumpy ride.



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

If there is one area where the 2018 Acura RDX is able to outshine the 2018 BMW X1, it's in performance. Every 2018 RDX available in the Spitzer Acura showroom comes with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine making almost 280 horsepower. For one reason or another, BMW has chosen to outfit the X1 with a small four-cylinder engine which tops out at just a little more than 250 horsepower. As a compact crossover SUV, nobody is really expecting the 2018 Acura RDX to have major towing capability, but it does have a stated capacity of being able to pull up to 1,500 pounds. By comparison, BMW has given shoppers precisely zero information about any such capability from the X1.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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 grey Acura RLX driving down a ramp in a parking garage