Published On Apr 20, 2021
This is a Motormouth couple car comparison of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.Both the X3 30i and Q5 come with a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Audi offers a 7 speed automatic transmission with 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The BMW has an 8 speed automatic transmission with 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. BMW offers more engines in the X3, the 3L inline-6 with 382 horsepower, the 30e plug-in hybrid with 288 horsepower. Audi offers the Q5 e plug-in hybrid with 362 horsepower and the 3L turbocharged V6 with 349 horsepower. The X3 is agile with responsive sharp steering. The suspension does not disappoint providing firmness to keep it exciting but not compromising comfort. The Q5 has a comfortable and smooth ride with plenty of power. The steering is lighter than the X3 but still precise and it offers a quiet cabin with an excellent turning radius. The X3 is modernly styled, it’s pleasant and classy looking, the kidney grille has been left untouched for now by the bigger is better BMW designers. It comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, LED foglights and 19” wheels. 20” and 21” are both available. If you want a sportier look, you can add the M Sport package for $3500, that will get you the black trim throughout and the black roof rails. The Audi Q5 has a fresh new look with a clean and sporty design. The large grille has been refined with a thinner outside frame and the LED headlamps get a new daytime running light design and are positioned a bit higher. Both SUVs come with plenty of standard features. The Q5 has a 10.1” touchscreen, the BMW a 10.2” with BMW’s iDrive. They both have Apple Carplay and Android Auto, heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a power liftgate. The BMW comes with leather seats and the Audi leather seating surfaces with stitching. The X3 also comes standard with a heated steering wheel and driver seat memory; you have to buy the convenience package for $1,550 to get the driver seat memory, a heated steering wheel and foot activated power tailgate on the Q5. Keep in mind, the X3 has a higher base price than the Q5, so you get some extra features on the BMW.
X3 Review https://youtu.be/tyngY6FNtLs
Q5 Review https://youtu.be/SCjR3TsPltM
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