BMW X4 xDrive35i vs. Audi SQ5 vs. Mercedes GLA45 AMG vs. Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X4 | April 13th, 2015 by 13
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MotorTrend aims to find out what is the best sporty, small SUV in the US. The magazine pits the new BMW X4 xDrive 35i against …

MotorTrend aims to find out what is the best sporty, small SUV in the US. The magazine pits the new BMW X4 xDrive 35i against the Audi SQ5, Mercedes GLA45 AMG and Porsche Macan Turbo.

The X4 has the lowest power and torque output, the slowest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times, and the second-longest braking distance of the bunch. It is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six making 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission. BMW X4 will reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 98.8 mph. From 60 mph, the X4 will stop in 113 feet.

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The 2015 Audi SQ5 uses a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 making 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. Like the BMW’s, it’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SQ5 hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and powered through the quarter mile in 13.1 seconds at 104.2 mph. The braking distance from 60 mph was measured at 123 feet.

Related: BMW X4 Test Drive

Porsche’s Macan comes with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 good for 400 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque paired with a PDK seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. The Porsche’s 4.2-second 0-60 mph time is the quickest of the bunch. Its quarter-mile performance of 12.9 seconds at 106.2 mph. Braking distance is 102 feet.

The only four-cylinder vehicle of this test, the Mercedes GLA45 AMG, is powered by an over-boosted 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four making 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. From 0 to 60 mph, the GLA45 AMG needs 4.3 seconds and finishes the quarter mile in a comparison-best 12.8 seconds at 107.9 mph. The GLA45 comes to a halt in just 103 feet in the 60-0 test.

But which one is a better buy? Here is what MotorTrend has to say:

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1st Place: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
Certainly not the most “mature” crossover here, the GLA45 AMG’s playful demeanor and serious performance cred earn it the gold.

2nd Place: Porsche Macan Turbo
The tremendously capable (and tremendously expensive) Macan Turbo misses out on first place by a nose—and about 20 grand.

3rd Place: Audi SQ5
That Porsche is nice, but if value were a larger part of the equation, the SQ5 might have shaken things up a bit more than it did.

4th Place: BMW X4 xDrive35i
The BMW X4 is neither a convincing coupe nor a true performance SUV.

13 responses to “BMW X4 xDrive35i vs. Audi SQ5 vs. Mercedes GLA45 AMG vs. Porsche Macan Turbo”

  1. CDspeed says:

    The GLK should have been Mercedes-Benz’s contender, the GLA is aimed at the 1-series. The GLA is also more of a large hot hatch so it could tend to be more sporty then the compact SUVs they put it up against.

    • Darko says:

      I agree, Merc had great advantage on all SUV’s. At first I was expecting GLK, just as everybody else I guess.

  2. MrWayne10 says:

    isn’t this a bit unfair ? They all seem to be the higher level versions of each MFG cars, while the BMW doesn’t have its X4M version out (yet). Just curious as to what you guys think.

  3. viper says:

    I think the x4 doesnt belong here , gla is more like crossover and the x4 is outpowerd by everyone , they need M version in situations like these , how come there is no x3,x4,x1M , and why?

  4. Valya says:

    Is it just me, or did Bmw just lowered the quality and “greatness” of its own x4 ?

  5. Lay says:

    all of the 3 are X6 competition not the X4.. The X6 would win fair and square..even without the M badge

  6. Griffin says:

    The Macan, in my opinion, should’ve earned first place…

  7. Ali says:

    Here’s a detailed review of Audi Vs Merc Vs BMW. BMW is a sure shot

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