Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 BMW X4 Near Washington, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 BMW X4

Safety Comparison

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 X4 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 X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 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 X4 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.

Both the Q5 and the X4 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X4’s engines use 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

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (252 vs. 240) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 260) than the X4 xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the X4 xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Q5

X4

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

16.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the X4 xDrive28i (23 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X4:

 

Q5

X4

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the X4:

 

Q5

X4

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the X4’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X4 (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the X4 (.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 2.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (26.8 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (60.4 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 X4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Q5 has a standard rear wiper. The X4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 X4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X4 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 X4.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X4 by over 11 to one during the 2017 model year.

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