Compare 2009 Audi Q5 vs 2008 BMW X3

2009 Audi Q5
2008 BMW X3
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quattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q5 quattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
Q5 quattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium Plus 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
Q5 quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige 18 23 $34,596 $37,200
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AWD 4-Door 3.0si
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X3 AWD 4-Door 3.0si 18 26 $35,510 $38,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,596
$35,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,200
$38,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$620 / month
$643 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.5 90.1
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 39.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 40.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.5 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 110.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
63.7 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 179.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.1 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
27.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.1 30.0
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)
57.3 71.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.8 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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 17.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 38.4
Steering Type
Speed sensitive pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
235/60R18 P235/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
HX2 NA
Front Tire Size
235/60R18 P235/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
HX2 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
440 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
440 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4400 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4400 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4178 4012
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 3000 225 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Displacement
3.2L/195 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
270 @ 6500 260 @ 6600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct injection - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.66
Trans Type
Tiptronic 6
Drivetrain
All wheel drive AWD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.50
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.22 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.35
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi Q5 BMW X3
Body Style
4dr SUV 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-link independent steel spring Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-Pivot
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-link independent steel spring Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Central Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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