Compare 2018 BMW X3 vs 2018 Audi Q5

Specs at a Glance

2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3

Transmission

  8-speed

Cargo Space

  28.7 cu. ft.


2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

Transmission

  7-speed

Cargo Space

  26.8 cu. ft.

2018 BMW X3 vs 2018 Audi Q5

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The 2018 BMW X3 and the 2018 Audi Q5 are two of the most popular luxury SUVs in the auto industry for their advanced technological features and sleek exteriors. Both cars are packed with plenty of power but differ in a few ways. When you're looking to drive an upscale vehicle that has plenty of room, there are a few features to compare between both models.

Exterior Features

The 2018 BMW X3 has a more attractive exterior compared to the 2018 Audi Q5, which appears bland compared to its rival. Although Audi wanted to keep the simplicity of the vehicle from the first model, it fails to turn heads as much as the X3 because it's overly minimal. The BMW is more muscular and has a modernized appearance to complement its overarching design philosophy. It's built with a large kidney grille and wide headlights with large intakes, making it look fierce on the road. The vehicle has a taller stance and stays true to the recognizable design of BMW.

The Audi Q5 comes with a low hood line, aggressive headlights, and dramatic lines that are not as commanding as the BMW X3. It features LED lights and a more modern exterior style than its predecessor. The Q5 sports LED tail lights on the back are one of the most notable features of the body. The exterior is handsome but fails to leave an impression or stand out amongst some of its competitors.

Interior Features

The 2018 BMW X3 easily seats four tall adults due to the ample amount of leg- and headroom that is provided. The driver sits high up, which improves visibility and confidence while behind the wheel. An upgraded touchscreen is included on the dashboard and features the latest version of iDrive. Apple CarPlay also connects to your smartphone and makes it easy to remain productive while on the road.

The Audi Q5 offers a spacious interior setting, but the styling and colors look dated. A touchpad screen is included on the dashboard, which is responsive and has high-definition. The gear selector is chunky and allows you to have a place to rest your wrists when you're not controlling the wheel. Multiple cameras are also included also make it easier to pull into a tight spot and prevent fender benders. An infotainment system with an eight-inch screen also comes standard in the vehicle.

Performance

The 2018 BMW X3 will offer plenty of joy rides with a 355-hp six-cylinder engine that also features an eight-speed automatic shift, which shifts smoothly. The vehicle handles similarly to a sedan and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Forward-collision warnings are included with adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system to improve the confidence of the driver.

The 2018 Audi Q5 offers quick takeoffs that are smooth but has soft brakes that need extra pressure. The wheels are also silent, and the SUV does a great job of handling curves. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI direct-injection DOHC engine with safety features that include a blind-spot warning, automatic high beams, lane-keep assist, and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Although the SUV has plenty of power, it doesn't have as much pickup as the BMW X3 and lags when accelerating, which can cause it to feel clunky.

If you want to learn more about how the 2018 BMW X3 compares to the 2018 Q5, contact our dealership to speak with a representative. We can schedule a test drive and provide you with more information about our financing options when it's time to make a purchase.


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