Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X4 VS 2016 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X4

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2016 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

The X4’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 X4 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 X4 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 X4 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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X4 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 X4’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the X4’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Q5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X4 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Q5’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 X4 has more powerful engines than the Q5:



X4 xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X4 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

X4 M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

360 HP

343 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X4 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. (300 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 3.0T V6 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X4’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 X4’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 X4’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:



Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The X4’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 2.0T are solid, not vented.

The X4 stops shorter than the Q5:



60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X4 has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/50R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The X4 xDrive28i’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 X4’s optional 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X4 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Q5’s (52.9% to 47.1%). This gives the X4 more stable handling and braking.

The X4 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X4 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Q5 (26.2 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The X4 has .5 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X4’s available cargo door 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 cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X4 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 Q5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the X4 and the Q5 offer optional heated front seats. The X4 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 X4’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 X4 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 X4’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X4 will cost $220 to $1885 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

The X4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the X4 will retain 36% of its original price after five years, while the Q5 only retains 31% to 35%.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X4 second among compact premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 was rated third.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The BMW X4 is ranked first in the Near-Luxury Utility category. The Audi Q5 is ranked below average. The X4 received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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