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While the mid-size SUV segment remains competitive right now, it’s not looking so great for challengers to the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. Both of these SUVs are closely aligned in terms of their size, powertrains, and even their price. However, as is often the case with subcompact rivals, there’s more to a car than meets the eye. In this segment battle, which car is right for you? Let’s take a look at what each model has to offer.
Design & Style
When it comes to exterior design, the Audi Q5 has a slight edge over the BMW X3. It has a more sophisticated look, with sleek lines and a sporty attitude. The 2022 BMW X3 is a bit more rugged-looking, which may appeal to some buyers but may not be as appealing to others.
Both vehicles are available in a variety of colors, so you can find one that suits your taste. The Audi Q5 offers more options, including several different shades of gray and black. The BMW X3 offers fewer color choices but does have a few unique options, such as blue and orange.
The Audi Q5 is a bit smaller than the BMW X3, making it a better option for city driving. The BMW X3 has more legroom and cargo space, making it better suited for longer trips. The Audi Q5 has a more futuristic interior design, while the BMW X3 has a more classic look.
Overall, both the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 are excellent choices for luxury crossover SUVs. It really comes down to personal preference as to which one is right for you.
Technology & Safety
Both vehicles come with a variety of high-tech features, but the Audi Q5’s offerings tend to be a bit more advanced. For example, the Audi Q5 has an optional heads-up display that projects information such as speed and navigation directions onto the windshield in front of the driver. The BMW X3 does not offer this feature. However, the BMW X3 does have an optional gesture control system that allows drivers to control certain functions of the car using simple hand gestures. Overall, these two vehicles are evenly matched.
The BMW X3 comes standard with a variety of safety features, such as front and side airbags, curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and more. Audi Q5 drivers will have to pay extra for many of these features. In addition, the BMW X3 has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while the Audi Q5 has only been awarded four stars.
When it comes to crash tests, the BMW X3 also outperforms the Audi Q5.
The Audi Q5 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The BMW X3 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. So, the Audi Q5 has a bit more power than the BMW X3.
However, the BMW X3 has better fuel economy. The Audi Q5 gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the BMW X3 gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Bottom Line
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