Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X3 VS 2015 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X3

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2015 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

The X3’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The X3 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q5 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The X3 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 X3 and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 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 X3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X3 has a standard 210-amp alternator (180-amp - X3 diesel). The Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X3 second among compact premium suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 was rated third.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 11th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (300 vs. 272) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 295) than the Q5 3.0T’s optional 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 3.0 TDI (27 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/31 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the Q5:

X3

Q5

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd Auto

21 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.0 S/C V6/Auto

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X3’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.

Regardless of its engine, the X3’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Audi only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Q5 3.0T/Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X3’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

X3

Q5

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X3’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

For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/50R18 vs. 235/60R18). The X3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/60R18).

The X3’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 X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Q5’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Q5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 2.6 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X3 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the Q5’s in every dimension:

X3

Q5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/68”

36.5”/67”

Max Width

48”

n/a

Min Width

43”

41.3”

Height

31”

n/a

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X3 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the X3 and the Q5 offer optional heated front seats. The X3 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X3’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional BMW Apps for the X3 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.

The X3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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