Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X6 VS 2017 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X6

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2017 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X6’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 X6 offers an optional Surround View Cameras 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 X6’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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The X6 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 X6 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 for 3 years and 36,000 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 17 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X6’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X6 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 second among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The X6 s/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 Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X6 s/xDrive35i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (300 vs. 272) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 295) than the Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 173 more horsepower (445 vs. 272) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 295) than the Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the X6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the X6’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.

The X6 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (22.4 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Q5 2.0T

Q5 3.0T

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The X6’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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Q5 (255/50R19 vs. 235/60R18). The X6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The X6’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 X6’s optional 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Q5 3.0T’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q5 2.0T.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 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 X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Q5.

The X6 offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Q5 (115.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is .9 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Q5’s (52.9% to 47.1%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the X6 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the X6 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X6 has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X6 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (59.7 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X6’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

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige, the X6 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The X6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The X6 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X6 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 X6 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X6 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Q5. The X6 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 X6’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.

Standard BMW Apps for the X6 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 X6’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.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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