Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 BMW X5 Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 BMW X5

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 X5 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 X5 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 X5 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 provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the X5.

To help make backing safer, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s 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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Q5 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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 Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X5’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 25 points higher than the X5.

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 Consumer Reports the Audi Q5 is faster than the X5 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

 

Q5

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the X5 s/xDrive35i xDrive (23 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 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 X5:

 

Q5

X5

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the X5:

 

Q5

X5

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 Premium Plus handles at .81 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Q5 is 9.6 inches shorter than the X5, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.32 to .34) 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 1.9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Q5’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the X5 because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the X5, including $31 less for a water pump, $826 less for an alternator, $85 less for front brake pads, $246 less for fuel injection, $79 less for front struts, $373 less for a timing belt/chain and $114 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the BMW X5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X5 by 9% during the 2017 model year.

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