Compare 2008 BMW X3 vs 2009 Audi Q5

2008 BMW X3
2009 Audi Q5
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AWD 4-Door 3.0si
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 3.0si 18 26 $35,510 $38,600
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quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
quattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
quattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium Plus 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,510
$34,596
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,600
$37,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$643 / month
$620 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 BMW X3 gets much-needed improvements to its ride and its interior, but it's still more rugged--though not as refined--as the Acura RDX. The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.1 101.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 74.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 63.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
179.9 182.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.9 65.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 63.5
Wheelbase (in)
110.1 110.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
30.0 29.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71.0 57.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 19.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.9 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 38.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed sensitive pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 235/55R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA HN2
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 235/55R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA HN2
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 440
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 4400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 4400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 440
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4012 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6600 270 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
- TBD - Direct injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2750 243 @ 3000
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD -
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.2L/195
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
AWD All wheel drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.93 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.50 2.34
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 4.22
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.35 4.17
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.52
Trans Type
6 Tiptronic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X3 Audi Q5
Body Style
4 Door 4dr SUV
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Pivot NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Trapezoidal-link independent steel spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Central Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 5-link independent steel spring
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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