Compare 2009 BMW X3 vs 2009 Audi Q5

2009 BMW X3
2009 Audi Q5
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AWD 4-Door xDrive30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door xDrive30i 16 23 $36,525 $39,700
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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
$36,525
$34,596
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,700
$37,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$662 / month
$620 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 BMW X3 is a more rugged alternative to a sport wagon—but it’s not nearly as much fun to drive. 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
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.1 101.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 19.8
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 235/55R19
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA HN2
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 235/55R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA HN2
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 4400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 440
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 440
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 4400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4012 4178
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6600 270 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All wheel drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X3 Audi Q5
Body Style
4 Door 4dr SUV
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Pivot NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5

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