Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi SQ5 VS 2017 BMW X6 Near Greenville, NC

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2017 Audi SQ5

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2017 Audi SQ5

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2017 BMW X6

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi SQ5 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 X6 M doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi SQ5 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 X6 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the SQ5 and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 M (17 city/24 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The SQ5 stops shorter than the X6 M:



X6 M


60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (38.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 pounds less than the BMW X6 M.

The SQ5 is 10.8 inches shorter than the X6 M, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 is quieter than the X6 M:



X6 M

At idle

44 dB

48 dB


79 dB

88 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The SQ5 has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo area than the X6 M with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 26.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the SQ5 has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SQ5 Prestige offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X6 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the SQ5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the SQ5 will cost $9245 to $10225 less than the X6 M over a five-year period.

The SQ5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the SQ5 will retain 49.85% to 51.96% of its original price after five years, while the X6 M only retains 44.61%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi SQ5 will be $43863 to $50661 less than for the BMW X6 M.

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