Compare the 2018 BMW X3 to the 2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 BMW X3 vs. the 2018 Audi Q5

BMW and Audi are two big names in the luxury performance department but, if you ask us here at The Automaster BMW, there's little doubt that BMW blows the competition out of the water at every turn. Of course, we know that drivers from all over the greater Burlington, VT area, from Shelburne to South Burlington and everywhere around, all demand more details than just out opinion, so we've put together a comparison page to show you just how BMW shines.

In the details below, you'll see the 2018 BMW X3 compared to the 2018 Audi Q5, sure to put things in perspective and give you the objective details you need to make a choice with knowledge and confidence. Whether you hail from Williston VT, Hanover NH, or Plattsburgh NY, we have no doubt that you'll be adding the 2018 X3 to your list of must-have models in the near future.


The better style between these two vehicles is, of course, completely subjective; beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. However, that said, we tend to see the 2018 Audi Q5's styling as a bit outdated and understated in a bad way, offering minimal lines and creases that made for a relatively boring viewing experience. The 2018 BMW X3, on the other hand, has received a complete redesign this year and it shows. From the eye-catching kidney bean grille design and hexagonal headlights up front, to the sweeping lines and sloping roofline that give it the appearance of motion, to the standard spoiler around back, the X3 wins by a long shot.


Audi Q5

Power and Efficiency

While the base engine in the X3 may be less powerful than the base engine in the Q5, the difference is relatively minimal - compare the X3's base 248 horsepower to the Q5's base 252 horsepower - and the Q5's overall driving feel is less dynamic than the tight sportiness of the X3, which puts a damper on the Q5's relatively minor amount of additional power. However, with better fuel economy on the highway - compare the X3's EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway to the Q5's EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway - you can enjoy the power and performance of the X3 for longer stretches of time without needing to stop at the fuel pumps.

An intelligent all-wheel drive system is a major advantage for drivers braving the often unpredictable New England winters, as well as other challenging conditions throughout the year. Both the X3 and the Q5 come standard with their brand's intelligent all-wheel drive system, but you may find you prefer BMW xDrive to Audi Quattro. Bringing a RWD feel to everyday driving, BMW xDrive allows for a dynamic driving experience even as it brings you peace of mind in harsher conditions.

Cargo Space

Whether you're just picking up groceries, going shopping, or loading up luggage for a long cross-country trip, the power and thrills of the X3 are only bolstered by its cargo space. While the Q5 only offers 26.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 60.4 cubic feet with the rear row folded down, the X3 trumps it with 28.7 cubic feet and 62.7 cubic feet respectively. You'll be able to fit in that much more before you enjoy the ride.


Audi Q5

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There's no denying the excellence of the 2018 BMW X3, but we don't expect you to take our word for it! If you have any questions for us before you leave your home, feel free to call us at (802) 985-8411 and we'll provide you with all the answers you seek. For everything else, come out to visit us here at our Shelburne, Vermont dealership today and we'll show you the X3 up close and in person!

One walk around the lineup, one talk with our experts, and one test drive around town, and you'll be a diehard BMW fan for years and years to come. We hope to see you soon and introduce you to the luxury performance vehicle that takes your breath away and reignites your passion for driving.

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