Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Audi Allroad Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Audi Allroad

Safety Comparison

The X3 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, 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 Allroad doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The X3’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Allroad 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 Allroad only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or 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 Allroad 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 Allroad 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, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

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 BMW X3 is safer than the Audi Allroad:

X3

Allroad

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

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 Allroad.

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 Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The X3 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (240 vs. 220) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (300 vs. 220) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 258) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Allroad (27 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Allroad doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X3 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (17.7 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

X3

Allroad

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 on the Allroad are solid, not vented.

The X3 stops shorter than the Allroad:

X3

Allroad

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

120 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-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 Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 offers an optional 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 Allroad’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X3 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the Allroad’s (53.2% to 46.8%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X3 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, 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 in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Allroad doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X3 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 Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Allroad doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X3 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Allroad doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the X3 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the X3 and the Allroad 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 Allroad.

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 Allroad doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the X3 offers an optional Active 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 Allroad doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Allroad 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 Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X3 will cost $705 to $2090 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

The X3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X3 will retain 49.61% to 51.23% of its original price after five years, while the Allroad only retains 45.05% to 48.68%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X3 will be $5571 to $5641 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X3 and the Audi Allroad, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW X3 outsold the Audi Allroad by almost 9 to one during the 2015 model year.

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