Compare: the BMW X3 vs. the Audi Q5

When you're shopping for a new vehicle, the SUV segment is one of the most tempting places to look. The market's love affair with the compact SUV class makes total sense; crossovers give you a sporty drive, luxury, and practical proportions. The BMW X3 is one of the most impressive models in its class, but let's see how it stacks up against the Audi Q5, another option for drivers who want some extra space and style.

Power and Performance

There's not much difference between the X3 and the Q5's standard engines, with each clocking in right around 250 horsepower, but some differences become apparent when you get out on the road. To start, the X3's standard eight-speed automatic transmission is smoother and more dynamic than the Q5's nine-speed. This intuitive ride can be enhanced even more with the available active suspension system and available xDrive all-wheel drive.

Both models also have available 3.0-liter turbocharged engines that translate to 355 horsepower, giving drivers who need some serious strength a great option. Dynamic damper control is a part of the optional Dynamic Handling Package, and it lets you expand your X3's driving experience.

Tech Features

Both models offer impressive selections of standard and available tech options, but we think that the X3 clearly comes out on top when it comes to optional features. Both models offer similar standard tech, but the X3 allows you to upgrade with things like a premium sound system, heated steering wheel, automatic parking, heads-up display, and more.

You also get the standard Rear Parking Assist to help make backing in and out of spots easier than ever. You'd need some costly upgrades to get anything like this on the Q5, so if you want the easiest parking available, go with the X3.

Tech is one of the most important dimensions of a luxury SUV, and the X3 really goes above and beyond in this section. At the Automaster BMW, we are happy to give you a complete tour of all the options and standard equipment.


Safety is the most important consideration to make when purchasing a new SUV, especially if you plan on transporting a family. The X3 offers some of the most protective features available, making it a great option of safety-minded drivers near Burlington.

There are plenty of available safety systems on the base level of the X3, while you have to upgrade trim levels to get access on the Q5. Check out some of the impressive driver-assist features on the X3:

  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • And more…

The X3 also sits higher off the ground and gives you extra visibility with its large windows. This means you can easily stay engaged and aware, reducing the possibility of an accident near Williston. If you want all the latest and greatest protective features in one of the most expertly designed SUVs on the market, then the X3 is the way to go.

Dimensions and Storage

If you lead a hectic life, then the extra storage in the X3 is very appealing. You get 28.6 cubic ft. of cargo storage behind the rear seat and 62.7 cubic ft. when you fold the rear seat down. Compare that to the 26.8 and 60.4 cubic ft. on the Q5.

Our Decision

Ultimately, we think that the X3 is clearly the better choice for a luxury compact SUV near Stowe, but if you need more convincing, just stop by our Shelburne BMW dealership to schedule a test drive today. Our sales professionals will break down all the options and help you find the X3 near Plattsburgh that works with your lifestyle.

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