2018 Audi Q5 vs 2018 BMW X3

When comparing the 2018 Q5 vs X3, most of the favor seems to be on the Audi's side. Our Audi vs BMW comparison makes that clear. Both the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2018 BMW X3 are great vehicles, but a side-by-side comparison leaves little doubt which is the better of the two. It starts with price, performance, and fuel economy, all of which are in the Q5's favor.


The base price for the 2018 Audi Q5 is $3,000 lower than the base price for the 2018 BMW X3. When compared in equipment, the two vehicles are very similar in terms of the technologies and comfort options included for the base model. Comparing the Acura vs the BMW it's also clear that a model version suitable for any need and budget will be found with the Q5 vs the X3 as the Audi Q5 has more trim options.

Audi vs BMW Performance

The Audi Q5 is powered by a 2.0-liter intercooled turbocharged engine that outputs 252 horsepower into a seven-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X3 utilizes a 2.0-liter intercooled turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower into an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Audi produces more horsepower and at lower RPM than does the BMW.

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Audi Q5 is rated at 10.4 l/100km in the city and 8.6 l/100km on the highway. The 2018 BMW X3 is rated at 10.8 l/100km in the city and 8 l/100km on the highway. The BMW's better highway mileage comes from the extra gear in its transmission, which also affects city economy negatively. Toronto drivers will want to note how much driving they do in town versus on the highway to make a judgement here. The Audi also features a fuel tank that is almost 5 liters


Warranties compared with Audi vs BMW are roughly the same. Both have a 4 year/80,000 km basic and powertrain warranty. Both have a 12 year corrosion warranty and both offer a 4 year/80,000 km roadside assistance warranty. All warranties are backed by both the dealership and the manufacturer.

Q5 vs X3 Summary

Summarizing the two vehicles in comparison, it's clear that the Audi Q5 has more to offer most buyers in Toronto. With superior performance, better fuel economy in town, and a comparable warranty, the Q5 clearly wins here. Especially with the better price point for the crossover is considered.

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