Top Gear – BMW X5 M vs Audi Q7 V12 TDI vs Range Rover

Videos | December 8th, 2009 by 20

Maybe not the most accurate nor appropriate vehicle comparison, but Top Gear’s latest episodes gives us a reason to bring the new BMW X5 M …

Maybe not the most accurate nor appropriate vehicle comparison, but Top Gear’s latest episodes gives us a reason to bring the new BMW X5 M on the front page.

While the regular X5 model is a direct competitor to the Audi Q7 and somewhat to the Range Rover, the Motorsport X5, that would be the X5 M, is absolutely out of the other two vehicles’ league, even when Top Gear throws is the top Audi Q7 model, V12 TDI, and the Range Rover

BMW X5 M is powered by a tuned up 4.4 liter V8 M engine delivering 555 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 5,650 rpm. The M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine is matted to a 6-Speed Steptronic automatic transmission that offers three driving modes: Normal (D), Sport (S), and M-Sport. Top speed is limited to 155 mph and runs 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The Audi Q7 V12 TDI was developed by Audi’s Quattro GmbH high-performance division, and Audi even considered officially dubbing it an RS model. This 6.0-liter V-12 is completely new, but it shares components with Audi’s family of V-6, V-8, and V-10 engines. It produces 500 horsepower and 758 pound-feet of torque (1000 Nm). The crossover is capable of hitting 62 mph in 5.5 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 mph. Maximum torque is available from just 1,750 rpm.

Range Rover, as Clarkson says, is heavier and slower than the German rivals. We’re not sure if he’s comparing the ride quality or the performance, but Top Gear refers the Rover as being the most comfortable from the group. It is powered by a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 with 510 horsepower and 461 lb/ft torque. 0-60mph in  5.9 sec.

Now, we’ll give them this, the LCD screen with dual-view based on the viewing angle is pretty neat.

So, let’s take a look at the videos ans see what “the anti-SUVs” Clarkson has to say.

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20 responses to “Top Gear – BMW X5 M vs Audi Q7 V12 TDI vs Range Rover”

  1. JRobUSC says:

    it was only in that second clip for a second right at the end, but did anyone notice the cars that bracketed the lap time of the X5 M? Porsche 911 Carrera S, Z4, and Evo were all right there. The Porsche was right behind the X5 M. Pretty amazing stuff.

  2. efoza says:

    Top Gear has become such a foolish show and thus its views are reflected in the same context. Every one knows that they are, for whatever reason, anti-BMW and have been like this for the last number of years. I think BMW should refuse to give them permission to access their cars. They are idiots and Clarkson is the biggest anti-BMW presenter I have ever seen.

    • Edox says:

      He’s not exactly anti-BMW. He loves the M5 and likes the current Z4. He just likes very few BMW models. Also, every critique has his/her own opinion; it’d actually be foolish of BMW if they refused to lend Top Gear cars to review. It’s obviously too idealistic to expect everyone to like BMW.

      • efoza says:

        Obviously I do not expect everyone to like BMWs, but what I do expect is for a professional car critic, which Top Gear and its presenters claim to be, to be constructive with their views rather than to simply trash the X5M idea in the way which they did in their review. Clarkson is either stupid or is just ignoring the fact that the X5 M is just an idea for a very selective market. It is just BMWs way of saying to everyone who rates sports card: “look we can make our “Rhino” (as Clarkson refer to the X5M) run faster than even the 911. This is an amazing acheivement for any car maker and deserves recognition from professionals like those who claim to be at Top Gear.

        • Andrew says:

          Top Gear is not a “professional car critic” show – they openlly admit this on the show and in the press – I think people need to relax and take what all three of them say with a grain of salt. Top Gear is my favorite show on TV but that doesn’t mean that Clarkson’s opinion really matters to me.

    • pokfvocm says:

      u r so right

  3. Karl says:

    I don’t want to go into a debate about the merits and likes/dislikes of Topgear or Clarkson. I think that Clarkson’s main points were:
    1. If you’re in the market for a sports SUV you’re a bit nuts. He does not criticise the cars just the concept of a sports SUV.
    2. On the X5 M he says that the normal M5 would be a much better choice.
    3.On the monstous diesel in the Q7 he rightly asks what’s the point when usually we buy diesels to cut the costs of fuel. If money is not a problem you go for a petrol engine!
    4. On the RR: what else would you expect him to say?? It’s considered as a “British” car so it’s de facto the best :-)

    As efoza said, this is a light-hearted show and should be taken as such!

  4. c.o says:

    can someone tell me the name of the track thats playing @ 8:20 ???

    thx :)

  5. Brad says:

    Even though I think this season of Top Gear is a bit foolish, I think that BMW is overdoing it with their SUV line. Am I really going to spend all that money on an SUV to swerve around the road. I think of it as specialization. A car can still do that much better than an SUV, so why focus on that. Maybe they could have taken the time to boost up the already bland interior and some of the tech specs. The range had some impressive stuff, including that multi-view LCD screen, now that’s innovation. I think the X5 M is suffering an identity crisis.

    • auday says:

      second that.
      The Range makes sense becuase it’s a real off roader, the X5M is just a big heavy street car with too much power. I doubt there would be a big market for it outside LA, Orange County and probably Dubai (don’t like stereotypes but really these are the only places in the world I’ve seen so many cars that make no sense at all).

      • Bradley Wint says:

        Indeed. I guess Range Rover will always be known for their off roading capabilities, because it can actually do it. I don’t live in the UK but I agree that the X5M is nothing more than a car to boast at the country club.

  6. joe says:

    he has to critisize bmw and audi to make the ugly range rover look a bit attractive. if i was an english man presenting a show like top gear i would have done the same thing.

  7. Elio says:

    To be honest I have to agree with him. These cars do not make sense here in the UK. Every other motoring journal says the same thing and the X5 & X6 M models are not true representations of the M brand.

  8. viper says:

    what a funny top gear , that Clarkson always makes me laugh

  9. joe says:

    those cars make sense everywhere. especially for those who want all in 1. if there was no demand they wouldnt have made it

  10. 100$ GUY says:

    Yeah, take it light hearted, just plain enjoy it! its quite hilarious….
    And yes, those cars, I mean SUVs, dont make sense at all.
    But that wont stop people to buy them and have fun with them!

  11. James May says:

    The speed limit in the uk is 70 mph why make a car that dose over 70 mph then.
    BMW is an engineering company. they built the x m’s because they can. Mercedes builds ml amg Porsche have the cayne turbo. Bmw never built an x5m at first because it never fought the first x5 could deliver the dynamics or an m car. BMW has now made an suv’s which can lap as fast as a 4wd 911 let alone a cayne turbo. and as everyone one saw the stig was over driving it like he dose with all BMW’S it could off gone faster.
    Look how far BMW has taken suv’s. they used rollover if you took a corner at normal car speeds now you can keep pace with 911’S on moutain roads.
    Pointless i think not.

  12. joe says:

    strongly agree with James May

  13. x5 is un doubtedly one of the best muscular machines on the face of the planet. but q7 too is awesome.

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