BMW X5 xDrive40e vs. Audi Q7 e-tron

BMW X5 | March 15th, 2015 by 9
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BMW just took the wrapping off of its newest X5 for the whole world to see; the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the very first plug-in hybrid …

BMW just took the wrapping off of its newest X5 for the whole world to see; the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the very first plug-in hybrid X5. It’s truly remarkable, what BMW’s been able to do with this X5. With a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a synchronous electric motor, combining to make 309 hp, can surge the X5 hybrid to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and get around 70 mpg. It can also run in pure electric mode for 19 miles and hit up to 75 mph.

Mighty impressive stats, and promising for the future of the brand. BMW says it would like to make a plug-in hybrid version of each of its cars in the future. If that’s the case, the X5 xDrive40e is a good place to start.

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In Ingolstadt, it seems a contender is in the works. Audi is creating its own plug-in hybrid SUV in the Q7 e-tron. However, the e-tron has a bit of a twist on the formula as it uses a diesel engine to pair with the electric motor. A 3.0 turbo-diesel V6 will pair with the electric motor to create a combined power rating of 373 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Or enough to pull planets out of orbit if need be.

It also gets a claimed 138 mpg and can do 34 miles on just the batteries alone. According to Audi, when combined with the engine and fully charged battery, the Q7 e-tron can get 876 miles to a single tank. Impressive numbers indeed.

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It’s tough to say which will be better. Obviously we won’t know until both are driven, but it’s going to be close. The X5 is a genuinely impressive machine, with a stat sheet that hurts the brain because of the sheer amount of impressive numbers. On the flip side, the Q7 e-tron’s use of a diesel engine optimizes the performance and efficiency of the powertrain.

It’s going to be very interesting, in the coming months, to see which is superior. Will BMW’s knowledge gained from the i8 deliver a superior product? Is the V6 diesel from Audi a better choice? BMW seems to be the best at plug-in hybrid technology at the moment, but only hands-on drives will be able to determine the victor.

Regardless, though, the future looks bright.

9 responses to “BMW X5 xDrive40e vs. Audi Q7 e-tron”

  1. CDspeed says:

    The Audi’s 34 miles of electric range is massively better then the BMW’s 19, it would be easy in the Audi to stay driving electric all day. But I think we’ll have to see the official EPA numbers on both, especially since the U.S. version of the Q7 e-Tron will use a 4-cylinder petrol engine making it even more equal in hybrid mode to the X5 xDrive40e.

    • Yea I agree, the Audi’s numbers are impressive but we’ll see when it’s finally released.

      • CDspeed says:

        If the numbers hold up the X5’s 19 won’t cover much of your daily drive, and I’d hate to hog public chargers trying to keep it in electric mode. Between the two I’m already leaning toward the Audi.

  2. Otto says:

    “BMW seems to be the best at plug-in hybrid technology at the moment”
    WTF ?!
    What kind of propaganda is that ?
    Do you also work at Pravda ?
    VW has already 5 PHEV models, 3 different powertrains. BMW just introduced their second model, after the niche market i8.
    Furthermore the Q7 outputs 373 hp and the fuel consumption is 1.7 L/100 km while the X5 has 313 hp and 3.3 L/100 km.
    Nevertheless, BMW is the best ?!?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I think you’ll change your mind when the 3 Series hybrid comes out this year.

    • JRobUSC says:

      I understand what you’re saying, but the problem is VW changed course after showing the diesel hybrid concept Q7 and the actual U.S. production model will have a 2.0L turbo 4-cyl gas engine, just like the X5. All those super cool specs Audi announced with the concept? I agree, they sounded great on paper. But unfortunately that’s the only place you’ll get to experience them. They announced one thing, are building something else. If it will make you feel better we can draft up a press release about a BMW with infinity horsepower that runs on happy thoughts and emits nothing but unicorn farts. That would trump the Audi specs, and you’ll have just as much chance of buying one.

  3. Magnus says:

    In this class I would choose the xc90 T8 twin engine.
    2 litre 4-cyl petrol, turbo and compressor and a electric motor for a total output if 400 ps.
    A pure electruc range of 50 km is also massively better than the claimed fron BMW

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