Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

Both the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2018 BMW X3 are excellent vehicles. But when it's time to decide between the two, putting them in a head-to-head comparison is a good idea. And when you do, you'll see that there are some major differences.

That's exactly what we found when we compared these two well-known vehicles available at dealerships near Devon, Malvern, and Conshohocken. Read on below to see this full vehicle comparison from the team at Audi Devon.

Interior Measurements and Seating

When comparing these two vehicles, what immediately jumps out is the seating arrangements and measurements. Up front, the Audi Q5 bests the BMW X3 in three major categories: headroom, legroom, and shoulder room. And those in the back seat aren't forgotten either, as in those same categories, the Q5 bests the X3 in all measurements. Simply put, there's just more space to stretch out and enjoy the ride when inside an Audi Q5.

Another major difference between these two cars: the seats themselves. The Audi Q5 is equipped with beautiful, plush leather seats that make every ride a bit more comforting and enjoyable. Leather seats do not come standard in the X3, which instead comes with leatherette seating, which, while comfortable, isn't the same as the true experience of leather.

Infotainment and Tech Features

If you're going to be on the road for a while, you might as well enjoy your time inside the car you're in. Audi has upgraded the infotainment options in the 2018 Q5 with standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology. This makes it easy to link up a compatible smartphone to the touchscreen and read text messages, play music, or find a destination using available navigation apps. While the X3 offers plenty of infotainment features, Android users are out of luck, as Android Auto™ isn't available.

The 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is another feature found in the Q5, providing information to the driver about the vehicle, something not found in the X3. For the music lovers, both vehicles offer outstanding available sound systems. The 2018 X3 is equipped with the available 16-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio system, but the Q5 goes above and beyond with the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen® surround sound system.

Performance and Driving

Of course, seating, tech, and infotainment features don't mean much unless a car performs. Both vehicles certainly do that. The 2018 X3 comes standard with a 248-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, powerful enough for highway merging and passing. In the Q5, you'll find a slightly more powerful 4-cylinder engine, which produces 252-horsepower.

And with the convenient drive modes, pilot the vehicle the way you want, whether you're looking for dynamic performance, sporty handling, or want to save a bit of fuel.

2018 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3: The Final Decision

Through this review, you've had an opportunity to learn about what both luxury SUVs have to offer. Thanks to the interior measurements and seating options, tech features, and driving capability, it's easy to see why the Q5 is such a special vehicle.

Test drive the Q5 at Audi Devon today. We've seen many Devon, Malvern, and Conshohocken drivers leave our lot happy in a new car, and you may be next!

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