Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X5 VS 2016 Infiniti QX70 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X5

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2016 Infiniti QX70

Safety Comparison

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 QX70 scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX70 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 QX70 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 QX70 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The QX70 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 QX70 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X5 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 QX70 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 X5 and the QX70 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX70’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 QX70.

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 QX70’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 QX70’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 267) than the QX70’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 120 more horsepower (445 vs. 325) and 213 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 267) than the QX70’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 146 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 267) than the QX70’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the QX70 AWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the QX70:

X5

QX70

2WD

6 cyl./Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6

4WD

6 cyl./Auto

18 city/24 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

V6

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX70 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’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 QX70 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX70:

X5

X5 xDrive50i

QX70

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.1 inches

The X5 stops shorter than the QX70:

X5

QX70

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX70 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 265/45R21).

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 QX70’s standard 60 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 QX70’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX70.

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 QX70 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 QX70.

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 QX70’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 QX70 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the QX70 (115.5 inches vs. 113.6 inches).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX70 (8.2 vs. 7.36 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the BMW X5 amounts to more than styling. The X5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the QX70 (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the QX70 can only carry 5.

The X5 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX70.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X5 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the QX70 with its rear seat folded (66 vs. 62 cubic feet).

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX70’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 QX70.

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 QX70 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the X5 and the QX70 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 QX70 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The X5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The QX70’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 QX70’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 QX70 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 QX70 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 QX70 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X5’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The QX70’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 QX70 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the X5 and the QX70 have standard heated front seats. The X5 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX70.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X5’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX70 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 QX70 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 QX70 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 QX70 only retains 46.32% to 46.64%.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X5 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

X5

QX70

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

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 QX70 isn’t in the top three.

 The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The QX70 is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Infiniti QX70 by almost 11 to one during the 2015 model year.

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