Choosing Between the BMW X3 vs. the Audi Q5 in Shelburne

With seating for five people in two rows, world-class materials throughout, and the latest in cutting-edge amenities, it's easy to see why drivers from Williston to Stowe prefer the BMW X3 above other luxury crossovers. At The Automaster BMW in Shelburne, we proudly carry a BMW SAV for every personality and style of customer who visits us, and we want to show you what sets the X3 apart.

While the BMW X3 has all the style, comfort, and technology to practically recommend itself, we understand if there are other luxury brand crossovers competing for your attention. To help you choose the one that best suits your needs, we've highlighted a similarly sized, competing brand and model for you here. Read on to see what makes the BMW X3 the better choice over the Audi Q5 for drivers in Burlington and beyond.

Power and Performance

While both renowned brand names offer their luxury crossover with a variety of engine options, including plug-in hybrid powertrain, the BMW has more. Both models start with base power from a turbocharged gas four-cylinder, and both offer available options of plug-in hybrid engines with an electric-only driving range. But only the BMW has the signature BMW M Line as an option.

Meticulously crafted to stand out and to deliver maximum responsiveness and handling, the BMW M Line is a high level of engineering you won't find anywhere else. For the BMW X3, you can get this level of craftsmanship in the X3 M40i, which delivers 382 horsepower from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is something you won't get with the Audi Q5. Plus, the unique M Line badging and signifying design elements elevate your BMW X3 in a distinct way as well.


Audi Q5

Interior Space and Comfort

Inside and out, front to back, and side to side, the BMW X3 offers more of what our customers want than the Audi Q5. For example, the X3 measures slightly taller and longer on the outside, with a wider wheelbase. For you on the inside, this translates to:

  • 28.7 cubic feet of cargo room in the BMW X3, and just 25.8 cubic feet in the Audi Q5
  • Two inches of greater front seat headroom in the BMW, compared to the Audi

Features and Amenities

When it comes to transporting you safely and in comfort between Hanover, NH and Plattsburgh, NY, the BMW X3 also has more of the features and tech amenities that you're looking for as standard equipment than the Audi Q5. Take a closer look at the menus of features that both models come with to learn more. You'll discover a more robust roster of sought-after amenities with the BMW model, such as:

  • Standard navigation (only available on the top-tier trim for the Audi Q5)
  • Apple CarPlay integration with wireless connectivity (the Audi only has wired connection standard)
  • A standard touchscreen measuring 10.25 inches for the BMW (larger than the standard screen for the Q5)
  • Standard in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot on the X5 (unavailable on the Audi Q5)

Plus, the BMW X5 has a long list of optional, add-on features that can be order on any trim level, such as ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automated parking assistance, and heated seats for the front and back row. These features are not available on every trim for the Audi and, in fact, most can only be obtained by spending more money on an upper-level trim.

Meet the BMW X3 Firsthand

The best way to understand what sets the BMW X3 apart from the competition is a test drive, and we're here to help. Stop by and see us to learn more and get started. We look forward to showing you everything that makes the BMW X3 more than just a luxury crossover and everything that sets it apart as a go-to SAV for your needs.


Audi Q5

Explore the New X3 in Person at Greater Burlington's the Automaster BMW


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  • Friday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Sunday Closed

There's no denying the excellence of the 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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