Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Allroad VS 2018 BMW X5 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi Allroad

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2018 Audi Allroad

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2018 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad 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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad 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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Allroad’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Allroad and the X5 xDrive40e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X5 xDrive40e’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the BMW X5 xDrive40e:



X5 xDrive40e

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

16.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

128 MPH

127 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X5 xDrive40e:



X5 xDrive40e

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the X5 xDrive40e:



X5 xDrive40e


70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X5 xDrive40e’s standard 50 series tires.

The Allroad has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X5 xDrive40e; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the X5 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the X5 xDrive40e’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 pounds less than the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

The Allroad is 6.2 inches shorter than the X5 xDrive40e, making the Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Allroad is 10.6 inches shorter in height than the X5 xDrive40e, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Allroad has .4 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the X5 xDrive40e.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Allroad will cost $790 to $1225 less than the X5 xDrive40e over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Allroad will be $4544 to $10294 less than for the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

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