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BMW has waded in with a revised X1, but can it beat the Audi Q3? We put the pair head-to-head.

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New compact SUV and crossover models have streamed on to the market over the past couple of years, leaving the BMW X1 looking a little out of date. So the company has made a series of revisions in an attempt to bring the car back into contention.

The changes aren’t exactly radical, though. There’s now the option of an eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of the old six-speeder, while two new trim levels – xLine and Sport – join the line-up. All X1s also get subtle styling alterations and a slightly revised interior.

There’s a choice of 18d, 20d and 25d diesel engines, with all but the flagship 25d offered in either two or four-wheel drive.

We test the 141bhp xDrive 18d 4x4 in xLine trim. It faces the classy and desirable Audi Q3. The 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI quattro version in flagship S line spec costs £1,110 more than the BMW. The question is whether the revised X1 can topple one of our current class favourites.

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