Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 BMW X1 Near Greenville, NC

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 BMW X1

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 X1 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X1 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5’s optional 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 X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Q5 and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes and rearview cameras.

The Audi Q5 weighs 430 to 815 pounds more than the BMW X1. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X1 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 17 more horsepower (245 vs. 228) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 44 more horsepower (272 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 12 more horsepower (240 vs. 228) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the X1 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

The Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (19 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (19.8 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops much shorter than the X1:



70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the X1 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X1’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 5.4 inches longer than on the X1 (110.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The Q5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.9% to 47.1%) than the X1’s (56.4% to 43.6%). This gives the Q5 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (7.9 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has .6 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear legroom than the X1.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area than the X1 with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 17.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The X1’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 X1 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Q5 3.0T/TDI keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Audi Q5 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X1 by almost three to one during 2015.

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