Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 BMW X5

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 X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 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 X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the X5.

Both the Q5 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the BMW X5:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

143 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Q5’s reliability will be 41% better than the X5.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 413) than the X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0T gets better fuel mileage than the X5 xDrive35i (18 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops shorter than the X5:



70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 2.0T Premium Plus handles at .86 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Q5 is 10.7 inches shorter than the X5, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus is quieter than the X5 xDrive35i xDrive (36 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has .6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area than the X5 with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Q5’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Q5 will cost $315 to $3255 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

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 51.14% to 55.73% of its original price after five years, while the X5 only retains 46.68% to 48.05%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q5 will be $13484 to $17851 less than for the BMW X5.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The BMW X5 isn't recommended.

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X5 by almost three to one during 2015.

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