Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Infiniti QX50 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Infiniti QX50

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X3 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX50 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 QX50 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 QX50 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX50’s (12 vs. 7 years).

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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX50.

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much 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 QX50’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 267) than the QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 267) than the QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the QX50 (27 city/34 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the QX50:

X3

QX50

2WD

sDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

xDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

xDrive35i/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

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Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX50:

X3

QX50

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the QX50 (245/50R18 vs. 225/55R18).

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 QX50’s standard 55 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 QX50’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The QX50’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 QX50 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX50’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 QX50’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X3 is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the QX50.

Chassis Comparison

The X3 is 3.4 inches shorter than the QX50, making the X3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 2 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX50.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the QX50 with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 18.6 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the QX50 with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 49.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the QX50’s liftover is 29.2 inches.

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the QX50’s in almost every dimension:

X3

QX50

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/68”

30”/64”

Max Width

48”

54”

Min Width

43”

39.3”

Height

31”

25”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the X3 has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The QX50 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the X3 and the QX50 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X3 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX50 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The X3’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 QX50’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The X3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX50’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX50 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX50 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X3 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The QX50 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the X3 and the QX50 offer available 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 QX50.

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 QX50 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 QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

X3

QX50

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Kiplinger’s Award

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