Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 BMW X3 Near New Bern, NC

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 BMW X3

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 X3 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 X3 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 X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the X3.

Both the Q5 and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

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 BMW X3:

Q5

X3

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

34%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

95 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the BMW X3:

Q5

X3

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

198 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Q5 is 1.8% less likely to roll over than the X3.

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 X3 has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Q5’s reliability will be 15% better than the X3.

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’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 60 more horsepower (240 vs. 180) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 280) than the X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19.8 vs. 17.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid

X3

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 handles at .85 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28i xDrive pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the X3’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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 X3 (.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 1.1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area than the X3 with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 27.6 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 X3’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 X3 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the X3.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X3 isn’t in the top three.

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X3 by almost three to one during 2015.

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