Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi Q5 VS 2015 BMW X1 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Audi Q5

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2015 BMW X1

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Q5’s front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X1 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X1 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Q5 offers optional Pre Sense Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The X1 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the X1.

The Q5’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Q5 and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 third among compact premium suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The X1 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 168 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 260) than the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 300) than the X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better city fuel mileage than the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i xDrive (24 city vs. 22 city).

The Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (19 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (19.8 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the X1:



70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5 has larger tires than the X1 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Q5 2.0T’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (235/60R18 vs. 225/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 2.0T has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the X1.

The Q5 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X1, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the X1 (110.5 inches vs. 108.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 4.6 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The Q5 2.0T Premium Plus handles at .86 G’s, while the X1 xDrive28i xDrive pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (7.9 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X1 with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 14.8 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X1 with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 47.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q5. The X1 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Q5 offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The X1 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The X1’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Q5’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the X1’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The X1 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Q5 Prestige’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Q5’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The X1 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Q5 3.0T Prestige offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X1 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Q5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Q5 will retain 54.85% to 57.62% of its original price after five years, while the X1 only retains 48.46% to 49.39%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the X1, including $123 less for a water pump, $575 less for an alternator, $583 less for front struts, $386 less for a timing belt/chain and $15 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Q5 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 first among compact premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X1 isn’t in the top three.

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X1 by 75% during the 2014 model year.

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