Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 BMW X1 VS 2014 Audi Q5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 BMW X1

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2014 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q5.

There are over 33 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the X1’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Q5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 16th in reliability. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The X1 has more powerful engines than the Q5:



X1 sDrive/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X1 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i is faster than the Q5 2.0T:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

88.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Q5:





23 city/34 hwy




22 city/33 hwy

20 city/28 hwy



18 city/27 hwy

18 city/26 hwy


Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Audi only offers a regenerative brake system on the Q5 Hybrid Prestige.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:



Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Q5 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 60 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Q5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 xDrive28i xDrive handles at .81 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q5 (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The X1 is 6.1 inches shorter than the Q5, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 3.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 2 inches more rear headroom than the Q5.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the X1 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Q5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Optional BMW Apps for the X1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $575 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $675 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Q5, including $6 less for front brake pads, $77 less for a starter, $59 less for fuel injection and $181 less for a fuel pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $3962 to $4534 less than for the Audi Q5.

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