There’s something empowering about taking an SUV through the streets of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, New York. These commanding vehicles offer a dominating presence on the road with their higher viewing position and imposing size. Couple that with their powerful engines and generous interior space, and you have a vehicle you’ll always enjoy driving.

If you’re eyeing a more luxurious model, consider the 2020 BMW X5 and the Audi Q5. Both SUVs are packed full of exciting features, but only one fits your needs the best. Find out which in the comprehensive BMW X5 vs. Audi Q5 comparison our team at BMW of Manhattan has created. Ready to get started? Keep reading!

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BMW X5 xDrive40i

Trim Levels

While you know that you’re looking for a luxurious SUV and are looking at either the BMW X5 or the Audi Q5, this is only the start of your search since both models are offered in multiple trim levels.

These varying trim levels offer drivers a more customized look and feel for their SUV. That’s because each trim level offers features exclusive to that trim—like upholstery, climate settings, and technology. With the Q5 you’ll get three different trims, but with the X5 you have four to choose from:

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5 Trim Levels


  • BMW X5 sDrive40i
  • BMW X5 xDrive40i
  • BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • BMW X5 M50i

Audi Q5

  • Audi Q5 Premium
  • Audi Q5 Premium Plus
  • Audi Q5 Prestige

With the BMW X5 you’ll have an easier time ensuring that all the features you need to make your luxury SUV your own are included.

BMW X5 Dimensions

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: Dimensions

The most dramatic difference between these two SUVs is the seating capacity. The Q5 holds five people comfortably, but the BMW X5 features a third row, pushing the seating capacity all the way to seven. That extra row is possible, even though the X5 is only about 10 inches longer than the Q5. Let’s check out some of the other exterior measurements for both SUVs and see how they stack up to each other.


Audi Q5


68.7 inches

65.3 inches


78.9 inches


Despite the extra space, headroom and legroom measurements for all passengers are generally the same. Although, in addition to the extra space providing an optional third row with the X5, you’ll also have a larger cargo capacity with the BMW X5 than you have with the Audi Q5.

The Audi Q5 is equipped with 25.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The BMW X5, on the other hand, has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Both brands know that you sometimes need a little extra space for your cargo goods. For that reason, they both come standard with a 40/20/40 rear-seat fold. This way you can have the perfect blend of passenger and cargo space.

Although, when all the seats are folded down with both SUVs, the X5 comes out on top again. The X5 has a maximum cargo capacity of 72.3 cubic feet, while the Q5 only has a maximum cargo space of 53.1 cubic feet.

BMW X5 Interior Technology

Connective Technology Features

While you’ll find advanced infotainment systems inside both, the X5 tends to be a bit more intuitive. The first thing you’ll probably notice about it is its standard 12.3-inch screen. The Q5 has a touchscreen, too, but it’s nowhere near that big.

The Audi Q5 only has a standard 7-inch touchscreen system. You can, however, upgrade to a higher trim level and receive the 12.3-inch touchscreen, but why pay more for something you can get for free elsewhere?

Additionally, you’ll notice the user interface of the X5 is a bit easier to use as well, allowing you to switch between touching the screen directly or using the available dial.


BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: Safety

SUVs are fun to drive, but they do tend to be top-heavy by design. That means you need an SUV with safety features in place that can protect you and your passengers. When it comes to features like roll mitigation, both vehicles have you covered, but the BMW X5 goes the extra mile. You can enjoy the benefits of emergency communication systems like BMW Assist eCall with Emergency Request & Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification. The Q5 can’t offer the same.

In terms of collision protection, however, both SUVs are virtually the same. After numerous crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each vehicle here earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.

BMW X5 Engine Power

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: Power

Having a comfortable and safe ride is always great, but there’s no thrill quite like driving with a powerful engine. You’ll find impressive power with both, but the Q5 can’t quite keep up with the BMW X5.

The Audi SUV features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that offers 248 horsepower with 273 lb-ft of torque. While impressive, the standard X5 offers a 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder that pushes 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque.

If that’s not enough power for you, both SUVs offer additional engine specs to churn out the desired feel. Let’s take a look at those optional engines.

BMW X5 vs. Audi Q5: Engine Specs


Audi 2.0L 55 TFSI®

4.4L BMW TwinPower Turbo V8

4.4L BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8


362 HP

456 HP

523 HP


369 lb-ft

479 lb-ft

553 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPG)

5 seconds

4.6 seconds

4.1 seconds

In addition to more power and a faster acceleration time with the BMW X5, you also get more variety than you do with the Audi Q5. What’s this mean for you? It means that as a driver you’re more likely to have an engine that’s best suited for your lifestyle needs and with the power you seek.

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: Fuel Economy


When you’re traveling around the city streets of New York, we know you want to conserve as much energy as possible. That’s why we’ve taken a magnifying glass to each SUV’s fuel efficiency to report back on which will keep you traveling around for longer.

While both the X5 and Q5 share similar EPA-estimated fuel efficiencies, you’ll find that with the X5 you can travel farther distances thanks to the larger fuel tank. The 2020 Audi Q5 only has an 18.5-gallon fuel tank while the BMW X5 has a 21.9-gallon tank.

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: The Verdict

While our BMW X5 vs. Audi Q5 comparison was close, the 2020 BMW X5 reigns supreme at the end. To learn more about everything this SUV can do, stop by BMW of Manhattan, a helpful Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, NY, BMW dealer. Contact us today, and we’ll be more than happy to set up a test drive for you.

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