2018 BMW X5 VS AUDI Q7

The 2018 BMW X5 and the 2018 Audi Q7 are two popular models for car buyers in the Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens areas. Both vehicles offer the interior comfort features, luxury design, and advanced technology you're looking for. 

But how do you choose between the two? To help make this decision, our team at your local BMW dealer has put together this 2018 BMW X5 vs Audi Q7 comparison just for you. We'll go over specifics pertaining to performance, interior, and technology, to give you a better idea of what you're looking for in your next SUV. When you are ready to test drive, contact us here!

Let's get started by checking out how these models compare in performance…


Buying an SUV is important for drivers in the Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan areas because they're often in need of a vehicle that is winter-weather ready, especially with all the unpredictable snow New Yorkers know all too well. That's why having a powerful vehicle is so important.

The 2018 BMW X5 offers a magnificent 4.4L BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. This vehicle comes with the xDrive All-Wheel Drive System, which is integral for the snow driving.

The 2018 Audi Q7 offers a single power option: a 6-cylinder engine that produces up to 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, you can see it has a significantly lower-powered engine than the X5. The Q7 is also paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and features quattro All-Wheel Drive.

The biggest difference between the two comes out in fuel economy. The BMW X5 has an EPA-estimated 23/29mpg city/highway, while the Audi Q7 falls a bit behind with an EPA-estimated 19/25mpg city/highway. So with both vehicles, you'll get far, but you'll more than likely make less fuel stops with the X5.


If you're looking to splurge on the BMW X5 or the Audi Q7, you'll want to see the best each vehicle offers, so we're going to compare the xDrive50i trim of the X5 with the top trim level of the Q7, just for simplicity. Let's see how the two differ.

The 2018 BMW X5 xDrive50i is a beautiful vehicle inside and out, and makes it easy for you to enjoy every moment of your afternoon commute. Standard features of this vehicle include 20-way power multi-contour front seats with 14-way power functions and memory function for both seats and 3-stage heated front seats. The vehicle's interior features Poplar wood trim and Dakota leather upholstery, which are both luxurious and stylish.

The 2018 Audi Q7 offers 12-way power front seats that are heated and ventilated, decorative interior inlays, and leather seating surfaces. The vehicle also features stainless steel door sill inlays and front and rear floor mats. 

Both the X5 and the Q7 offer an optional third row, so you'll be able to accommodate any size family, or be the carpool parent for the kids' next game.

If its cargo space you're concerned with, look no further than these spacious family rides. Both the 2018 X5 and Q7 offer at least a massive 66 cubic feet of room with the seats folded. The X5 offers 22.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, while the Q7 follows with 14.8 cubic feet.


When you decide on a luxury vehicle, you certainly want to know all about the technology features available. Luckily, you'll get awesome options in both the 2018 BMW X5 and the 2018 Audi Q7.

The 2018 X5 comes standard with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, which displays BMW's iDrive infotainment system. This feature comes standard on all models, as does navigation. Unfortunately, the 2018 Q7 comes standard with only a 7-inch touchscreen, where you'll have to upgrade to higher trims for the larger screen.

The X5's available Wi-Fi hotspot will keep everyone's devices charged for those longer drives, while the available Apple CarPlay on both models will be able to run your smartphone apps through the infotainment systems.

Speaking of which, we have to give props to both the BMW iDrive and Audi MMI® infotainment systems. Both are easy to use, and the BMW's touchpad controller makes inputting directions easier when navigating. Essentially, it's a win in terms of technology for both models.


Above all of these factors in comparing the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, safety should be the number one priority when deciding on the right next SUV. Fortunately, you can go wrong with either model. Both have outstanding available safety features that will keep you worry-free while on the road.

In the X5 and Q7 models, it's all about safety assistance. Available features such as forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and active lane keep assist are just a few of the ways you'll have an extra set of eyes when driving.

Additionally, you'll have the option to add a 360-degree camera in the X5, along with traffic sign recognition and a night vision camera. Talk about eyes all over! 


Both the 2018 BMW X5 and 2018 Audi Q7 are great options when it comes to choosing your next family vehicle. However, with the X5's powerful engine options, standard technology features, and plenty of safety features to choose from, we think the X5 is worth giving a test drive.

If you'd like to check out the 2018 BMW X5, you may want to take the next step and set up a test drive with us at BMW of Manhattan. It's an absolute thrill to drive and makes driving in Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx a little more comfortable.

Start shopping for the X5 in our online inventory now and schedule a test drive. Or, you can stop by our showroom at any time!

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