BMW X3 vs Audi Q5


There are plenty of worthy competitors in the luxury SUV market, and you probably know that the 2020 BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are two of the strongest candidates. The question is: Which one is the better choice for you and your lifestyle?

To help drivers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens choose the luxury SUV that has the capability and versatility that they need, our team here at BMW of Manhattan has put together this BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 comparison. Keep reading to see who comes out on top!

Performance

The standard 2.0L TwinPower Turbo engine of the 2020 BMW X3 is capable of producing 248 horsepower. Likewise, the standard 2.0L 45 TFSI® engine of the Audi Q5 also turns out 248 horsepower.

The X3 gives you the ability to upgrade your power with its available engine. The 3.0L TwinPower Turbo engine cranks out 382 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, it’s coupled with the standard 8-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic transmission, which will provide you with a smoother ride than the 7-speed automatic transmission of the Q5. In addition, although there’s a more powerful engine upgrade available in the Q5, it maxes out at 349 horsepower.

Finally, when it comes to getting the grip and control that you expect from an SUV, both vehicles come with all-wheel drive capability. The BMW X3 has the xDrive all-wheel drive system, while the Q5 comes with quattro® all-wheel drive.

BMW X3 vs Audi A5 Fuel Economy

When it comes to traveling around town, you don’t want anything getting in your way–especially frequent stops at the gas station. The Audi Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG. While this in itself is impressive, you’ll find an EPA-estimated 25 city/29 highway MPG of the 2020 BMW X3.

With both vehicles you’ll find that traveling further distances is possible. However, there is one feature of the BMW X3 that can help potentially boost your fuel economy. This feature is the Driving Dynamics Control system, a series of selectable driving modes that can optimize your performance.

While the Q5 has Audi drive select, you won’t find an ECO mode like you will with the BMW X3. This selectable ECO PRO mode adjusts your SUV’s settings in terms of engine and throttle, climate control, and more to work towards a more fuel-efficient driving experience.

Space and Comfort

When it comes time to ensure everyone’s comfort and keep them connected, these SUVs will make it look easy.

They come with Automatic 3-zone climate control, so you and your passengers can choose the ideal temperature. Plus, the available heated steering wheel will help you fend off the winter cold. The X3, however, has available 10-way power front seats. That means you’ll be able to customize your support just a little bit more than with the available 8-way power front seats of the Audi Q5.

They both have plenty of storage space and standard fold-flat seating that’ll let you maximize that space. It’s the BMW X3 that has the extra cargo room that you need. It offers 62.7 cubic feet of space, where the Q5 is maxed out at 53.1 cubic feet.

Innovative Safety

These SUVs come with advanced safety features that’ll look out for you and your family while you’re on the go.

For starters, both models come standard with systems that can detect imminent collisions and prepare the vehicle by pretensioning the safety belts, closing the windows, and activating post-crash braking. It’s called the Active Protection System with the 2020 BMW X3, and Audi pre sense® basic on the Audi Q5.

Thanks to the standard Audi pre sense® city and the Active Guard system, both vehicles are also armed with features like:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Automatic City Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Daytime Pedestrian Detection

No matter where your adventure leads, both SUVs will look out for your safety.

Connective Interior Technology

In addition to an intelligent safety suite, both the X3 and Q5 have interior technology features to help you stay connected to the world around you. While both systems feature touchscreen displays, Bluetooth®, and smartphone capabilities, there are some major differences between the technology features of these two vehicles.

When comparing the infotainment systems of the BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5, you’ll see that the standard 8.8-inch center screen of the X3 offers easier access and larger images than the 7-inch screen of the Q5. Even when upgrading the size of your screen with the Audi Q5 to the available 8.3-inch screen, it still can’t compete with the available 10.25-inch screen of the BMW X3.

In addition to a larger screen with the BMW X3, you’ll also have a more immersive sound experience. The BMW X3 comes standard with the HiFi Sound System, which features 12 speakers. The Q5, on the other hand, comes standard with only 10 speakers.

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 Trim Levels

While the base models offer a series of luxurious features, both SUVs allow drivers to create a more customized driving experience with the various trim levels. Those who choose the Audi Q5 will be presented with three different trim levels—Audi Q5 Premium, Audi Q5 Premium Plus, Audi Q5 Prestige—while BMW X3 drivers have four trim levels to choose from.

The trim levels of the BMW X3 are:

  • BMW X3 sDrive30i
  • BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • BMW X3 M40i
  • BMW X3 xDrive30e

Each trim level offers additional premium features, like the available Surround View with Remote 3D that’s offered with the BMW X3. This app lets you monitor your BMW vehicle remotely while keeping an eye on its surroundings.

While the Audi Q5 also has remote access through the MyAudi app, you won’t be able to view real-time footage of your SUV like you can with the BMX X3.

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: We Have a Winner!

This competition was a close one, but with a more powerful engine, more cargo room, better fuel economy, and more options, the BMW X3 managed to come out on top.

The only thing left for you to do now is to take this victorious SUV to the streets of Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens. Then you’ll be able to tell if it’s really the right vehicle for you. Schedule a test drive at BMW of Manhattan today!