Compare 2015 BMW X3 vs 2014 Audi Q5

2015 BMW X3
2014 Audi Q5
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RWD 4-Door sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door sDrive28i 21 28 $35,920 $38,500
AWD 4-Door xDrive28i 21 28 $37,760 $40,500
AWD 4-Door xDrive28d 27 34 $39,140 $42,000
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 19 26 $42,360 $45,500
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quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium 20 28 $34,690 $37,300
quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus 20 28 $34,690 $37,300
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus 18 26 $41,292 $44,400
quattro 4-Door 3.0T Prestige 18 26 $41,292 $44,400
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus 24 31 $43,247 $46,500
quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Prestige 24 31 $43,247 $46,500
quattro 4-Door 2.0T Prestige Hybrid 24 30 $47,710 $51,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,920
$34,690
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,500
$37,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$642 / month
$622 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Among compact crossovers, the 2015 BMW X3 doesn't try to be rugged; instead it's one of the sportiest and most fuel-efficient in its class, and this year's new sDrive and diesel models add to that while the lineup gets even more tech and active-safety options. The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 39
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56 56.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 37.4
Front Leg Room (in)
39.9 41
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 101.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 74.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 63.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
183.8 182.6
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 65.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 63.5
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 110.5
Liftover Height (in)
- 27.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.3 57.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
27.6 29.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.6 29.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 12.6
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)
13 11.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 19.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39 38.1
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/50WR18 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50WR18 P235/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4030 4079
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 150
Engine
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 220 @ 4450
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1450 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.85
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 2.11
Trans Type
8 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.14
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.84
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
Summary
Body Style
Sports Activity Vehicle quattro Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
BMW X3 Audi Q5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 7.8 (Est)
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 440
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 440
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 4400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 4400
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 4400
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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