2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI with Quattro

In recent years, the US luxury automotive buyers have shifted their preferences from sedans to SUVs, with SUVs on pace to outsell sedans. BMW has taken note of this market trend and has recently introduced its newly redesigned 2018 X3 SUV. The all-new BMW X3 features 8 inches of ground clearance for navigating conditions from sand to snow, with plenty of margin for steep sections.

Let's take a comparative look at the 2018 BMX X3 versus the 2018 Audi Q5 to see which vehicle will best meet your everyday needs.

 KEY SPECIFICATIONS    BMW X3 xDrive30iAudi Q5 2.0 TFSI with Quattro
 2.0L TwinPower Turbo, 4 cyl 2.0L, 4 cyl
 Transmission 8-speed sport automatic 7-speed automatic
 Power     248 hp @ 5,200 - 6,500 rpm 252 hp @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
 MPG 22 city / 29 hwy / 25 combined 23 city / 27 hwy / 25 combined
 Cost $42,650 $41,500

Key Takeaways: The Audi Q5 costs slightly less than the BMW X3 and has slightly more power however it returns poorer highway fuel economy - which can become and important factor to remember during your commutes to and from work.

 DIMENSIONS - Exterior (in.) BMW X3 xDrive30iAudi Q5 2.0 TFSI with Quattro
 Length 185.9 183.6
 Width 74.4 74.5
 Height 66.0 65.3
 Wheelbase 112.8 111.0
DIMENSIONS - Interior (in.)  
 Head Room 41.1/39.1 40.2/37.7
 Leg Room 40.3/36.4 41.0/37.8
 Shoulder57.6/56.0 57.7/56.5
 Cargo (cu. ft.) 28.7/62.7 26.8/60.4

Key Takeaways: The Q5 has slightly more leg room but a smaller wheelbase and overall length. The small amount of extra space in the cabin is traded for less dynamics due to the front axle weight and overall smaller cargo capacity.

 COST OF OWNERSHIP BMW X3 xDrive30i Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI with Quattro
 Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Drivetrain Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Stolen Vehicle Recovery Included with Nav. - 4 years Included with Nav.
 Roadside Assistance 4 years/unlimited miles 4 years/50,000 miles
 Complimentary Maintenance 3 years/36,000 miles 1 year/10,000 miles
Key Takeaways: BMW offers longer complimentary maintenance programs for 3 years or 36,000 miles vs. Audi's 1 year or 10,000 miles. With its front-wheel drive architecture, the Q3 doesn't handle as well as the BMW with all the extra weight on the nose. As always, with BMW's better driving dynamics you can proactively avoid issues as opposed to relying on reactive safety measures such as airbags.

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