2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5
2021 BMW X3


2021 Audi Q5
$43,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$43,300 MSRP
28.7 cubic feet

Standard Cargo Space

25.1 cubic feet
62.7 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

53.1 cubic feet

Navigation with Voice Activation

Requires Upgrade


25/29 city/hwy mpg

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

23/28 city/hwy mpg

When shopping for a luxury SUV, many Chicago drivers compare Audi vs. BMW. One popular matchup is the Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3. Sure, both SUVs certainly have their merits. Each has plenty of features to elevate your daily drives in Park Ridge and beyond. However, when you compare BMW SUV models with Audi SUVs, you will see that BMW comes out on top in several key areas. Compare the Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3 below to see why the X3 is more deserving of your hard-earned dollar. 

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Performance

Performance is key for luxury SUV shoppers. When you compare BMW SUV models in the X3 lineup to the Audi Q5, you will notice that you have more powertrain options to choose from. The X3 also delivers more power than its competitor. 

BMW X3 Powertrains

  • Standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine – 248 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque | 25 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (rear-wheel drive), 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (Optional xDrive AWD)
  • Available3.0L 6-cylinder M Performance engine – 382 hp / 365 lb-ft of torque | 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway with xDrive AWD
  • Available 2.0L 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain – 288 combined hp / 350 combined lb-ft of torque | MPGe TBA

Audi Q5 Powertrains

  • Standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine – 248 hp / 273 lb-ft of torque | 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (quattro® all-wheel drive)
  • Available 2.0L 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain – 362 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque | 50 combined MPGe 

Although official fuel economy figures have not been announced for the plug-in hybrid X3, estimates from MY-2020 suggest that it will maintain its advantage. If power is your main priority, no Q5 is a match for the X3 M40i.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Cabin Features 

Both SUVs are priced competitively, with the X3 coming in at a slightly more affordable starting price. Each SUV is outfitted with features like keyless ignition, Bluetooth® connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and dual-zone automatic climate control. BMW SUV models tend to take things to the next level, and that is true of the latest X3. The features listed below are also standard offerings:

  • 12 speaker audio system
  • Navigation system with voice activation
  • 10-way power front sport seats with driver memory settings

If you opt for the Q5, you will have to upgrade to enjoy these same features. If you do not choose to upgrade, you’ll have to settle for less remarkable amenities:

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Button-controlled Navigation
  • 8-way power front bucket seats

If you need plenty of space for belongings, you do not have to worry about leaving anything behind on your next road trip when you opt for the BMW X3. Whether you are running errands in Park Ridge or you need room to haul furniture home to Oak Park, the X3 has more space to do just that. 

  • X3 Cargo Space: 28.7-62.7 cubic feet
  • Q5 Cargo Space: 25.1-53.1 cubic feet

Get Behind the Wheel of a BMW X3 at Perillo BMW Today

After comparing the Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3, it is clear that the BMW X3 is the better buy for most River Forest shoppers. Stop by Perillo BMW today to get behind the wheel of a new X3, or compare BMW models in person. Contact us today for more information. 

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