Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X5 VS 2015 Infiniti QX60 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X5

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2015 Infiniti QX60

Safety Comparison

The X5 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The QX60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X5 as “Superior.” The QX60 scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The BMW X5 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The QX60 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The QX60 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X5 and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, front parking sensors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

X5

QX60

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

174

337

Neck Injury Risk

30.2%

42%

Neck Stress

305 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/471 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

230

248

Neck Injury Risk

29.7%

33%

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

470/286 lbs.

479/476 lbs.

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

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 X5 is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

X5

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

54

114

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

202 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

101

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

Warranty Comparison

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX60’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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 QX60.

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 X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The QX60’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the X5 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the X5’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The QX60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 X5’s reliability will be 105% better than the QX60.

Engine Comparison

The X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (300 vs. 250) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid. The X5 s/xDrive35i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (300 vs. 265) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 248) than the QX60 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 180 more horsepower (445 vs. 265) and 232 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 248) than the QX60 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 5 more horsepower (255 vs. 250) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid. The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 248) than the QX60 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the QX60 V6:

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

QX60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

88.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the QX60 Hybrid AWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 25 city/28 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Infiniti only offers a regenerative brake system on the QX60 Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the X5’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.) Infiniti only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the QX60 Hybrid.

The X5 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (22.4 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:

X5

X5 xDrive50i

QX60

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.13 inches

The X5 stops much shorter than the QX60:

X5

QX60

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the QX60 (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R18). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The X5’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 QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the QX60’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX60.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The QX60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X5 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Infiniti doesn’t offer an active suspension on the QX60.

The X5 offers an available 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 QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X5 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the QX60 (115.5 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The X5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.5% to 50.5%) than the QX60’s (56% to 44%). This gives the X5 more stable handling and braking.

The X5 xDrive35d xDrive handles at .82 G’s, while the QX60 3.5 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the QX60 3.5 AWD (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8.2 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The X5 is 3.1 inches shorter than the QX60, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 has 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the QX60.

The X5 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 QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the X5 and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The X5’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 QX60’s standard 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 X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX60 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 X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The QX60 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X5 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X5 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The QX60 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The X5 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 QX60 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard BMW Apps for the X5 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 QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The X5’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 QX60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X5 will retain 46.68% to 48.05% of its original price after five years, while the QX60 only retains 43.54% to 44.82%.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti QX60 isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The QX60 isn’t in the top three.

 The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The QX60 is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Infiniti QX60 by 44% during the 2015 model year.

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