Edmunds tests BMW X3 vs Audi Q5

3 Series | July 12th, 2018 by 9
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Typically, we think of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 as each brands’ bread and butter vehicle, the cars that they sell the most of. However, in America at least, the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 both outsell the 3 Series and A4, respectively. So we might actually have to look at these little SUVs as each brands’ main vehicles. Sales aside, though, which one is actually better? Edmunds’ Carlos Lago decided to take a look at each car and find out.

He’s right in claiming that both cars seem as if they were developed from the same design brief. They’re both of very similar size, both sport either 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinders or 3.0 liter turbocharged six-cylinders, the same eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. Though, the Bimmer can be had with rear-drive in America, while the Q5 is only Quattro-powered. Both even have similar cargo space, with the BMW X3 edging it out just a bit.

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When it comes to interiors, they’re both similar in their levels of tech and quality but Lago feels that the Q5 beats out the X3 just a bit. I’d personally argue the contrary after having tested both but I can see why some might favor the Audi more. So no real beef with that choice.

However, he does go on to say that the BMW X3 is a bit more enjoyable to drive and he’s right. In fact, it’s a lot more enjoyable to drive. I’m not a huge fan of the way the Q5 drives, as it’s a bit too soft and lacks any fun. While the X3 is so much fun that it’s shocking. You forget you’re driving an SUV. Seriously.

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In the end, Lago states that if you want something a bit more relaxed and comfortable with more interesting technology, the Audi Q5 is probably the best bet. But if you want something more engaging and a bit more fun to drive, go with the BMW X3. No argument here, really.

[Source: Newsday]

9 responses to “Edmunds tests BMW X3 vs Audi Q5”

  1. Philip George says:

    Audi desperately want their brand name mentioned in same breathe as BMW and Mercedes, they always find a way to pay reviewers some money to review their cars against BMW and Mercedes alternatives.

  2. Jay says:

    “the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 both outsell the 3 Series and Q5”

  3. Hayden8 says:

    I don’t see where the X3 lacks in technology especially compared with the Q5.

  4. Andrewthecarguy says:

    I think the X3 has a far more cohesive interior design, while the exterior is less evolutionary. The Q5 pays a hefty homage to the outgoing model, one that I don’t think will help sales.
    I’d like to see a comparo between the ///MX340i and the SQ5.
    Either way, the X3 is my choice.

    • Pilz says:

      I’ve owned both current models, the SQ5 only wins some small areas like having Android Auto, air suspension and a sport differential, other the M40i is much more fun to drive

  5. Cary says:

    I recently drove a friend’s Q5. It had the lightest steering feel I think I’ve encountered on a modern vehicle. BMW gets a lot of heat for their lack of steering feel, but it’s apparently everywhere now. I wouldn’t drive the Q5 on my own dime.

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