Shop for a new SUV and your choices are legion. Target the luxury segment and your choices come down to a few key models. When it comes to midsize luxury crossover SUVs, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 are among the top choices. .
Both models come well equipped and include such features as advanced lighting, alloy wheels, leather seats, high-end audio systems, dual-zone climate control and available driver-assist safety features. Here’s what we like when pitting Audi vs. BMW, particularly the Q5 v. X3. .
Audi Q5 Highlights
The Audi Q5 shares its architecture with the Q7, Audi’s largest SUV. The Q5 offers room for five, although some may find it more suitable for four. Fold down the rear seat and cargo capacity more than doubles. The following are the highlights of this model:
• All-wheel drive
• Four trims: Premium, Premium Plus, Platinum and SQ5.
• A 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.
• Optional twin-turbo V6 engine with 354 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
• Seven-speed automatic transmission
• Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5.8 seconds .
We found the Audi Q5 offers a handsome style, similar to the layout of other Audi SUVs. Both engine choices are outstanding, supplying excellent ride quality to go with it. The interior packaging, quality of materials used and fit and finish are all first-rate. The Audi’s tech features are among the best you’ll find anywhere in the industry — you can expect an average learning curve as you acclimate yourself to this SUV’s telematics system. .
BMW X3 Highlights
The BMW X3 shares its platform with the X4, its rakish roof companion. The X3 offers room for five, but is ideal for four adults. Move up to the X5 if you want superior passenger-carrying space for five people. The following are the highlights of this model:
• All-wheel drive
• Two trims: X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i
• A 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
• Optional twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with 355 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
• Eight-speed automatic transmission
• Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.3 seconds .
The BMW X3 supplies excellent passenger space and cargo capacity. Its engines suit this SUV well; the V6 is especially fun to drive. Expect nimble, almost sedan-like handling. The BMW’s tech features are on par with the segment, although the extra cost for Apple CarPlay is tough to swallow. We found the Audi’s interface superior too. .
We’re not going to pick a winner in our Audi v. BMW, Q5 v. X3 battle. The decision is all yours. If you want to cross-shop further, take a look at the Cadillac XT5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Finally, if your decision is for the Audi Q5, please stop by Audi Midtown Toronto to review our inventory. We stock new and used vehicles, including trade-ins from Audi’s top competitors.