Pecheles Automotive Compares 2011 Audi Q5 VS 2011 BMW X5 Near Washington, NC

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2011 Audi Q5

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2011 Audi Q5

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2011 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 3.2 Prestige’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X5 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the Q5 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the X5:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index





5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

42 g’s

48 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard Electronic Stability Program, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Q5 as a “Top Pick” for 2010, a rating only granted to 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 was not a “Top Pick.”

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops shorter than the X5:



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 handles at .83 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X5 xDrive35d (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Q5 is 8.9 inches shorter than the X5, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.34 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has .1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Q5 easier. The Q5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the X5’s liftover is 30 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q5. The X5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Q5’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The X5 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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