Audi Q5 2014 VS BMW X3 2014 – What Should You Choose?

The compact luxury crossovers are definitely attractive and we cannot deny the fact that the Audi Q5 2014 and the BMW X3 2014 have great designs that are sure to spark interest this year. The sticker prices may be high but both manufacturers manage to bring in great deals for potential customers.

Out of the different SUVs in this class, BMW X3 2014 and Audi Q5 2014 are popular right now and there are many reasons why this happens. They are really stylish, have great fuel efficiency and are so easy to drive when compared with US or Asia competition. However, when you compare them, one of them does stand out as being a little better.

A Few Words About The Audi Q5 2014

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The Audi Q5 manages to hit the luxury market perfectly. It does not look a lot like an SUV and the style is definitely simple on the inside when comparing with others in the same price range.

When referring to performance, Audi Q5 2014 comes with a base 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that is really popular. It features front drive, 2.0 liter turbo, more torque than V6, 211 hp and better mileage, with a rating of 20-27 mpg. You can reach 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds. If you opt for the 3.0T model, you obtain 272 hp and a lot of torque. The only problem with this engine is that gas mileage is not as great.

Audi Q5 is not so great when referring to handling since you have electronic adaptive control for transmission, steering, suspension and throttle. Steering simply does not feel natural, including in Sport mode. To put it simple, the SUV will feel more like a car.

When referring to safety, we have very good IIHS ratings. The base models come with satellite radio, leather and the models that are over 50,000 dollars are tremendous with Bluetooth and various other things.

A Few Words About The BMW X3 2014

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We can safely say that the Audi Q5 2014 has met its match in the brand new BMW X3 2014. It is better in basically all ways. The styling is expressive, better proportioned and less blocky. You will like the cabin’s business class upgrade with the greater materials.

There are 2 drivetrains offered by the BMW X3. The base engine offers 240 hp with the 28i model, which is stronger than Q5’s. You also have the 6 cylinder 35i, which offer 8 speeds automatic. Q5’s performance is eclipsed when looking at the number and fuel economy is really close. The BMW X3 xDrive 35i has 300 hp and helps you reach 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

Both X3 and the V6 Q5 version includes stop/start to save fuel, even if the systems are too abrupt. BMW comes with a great ride quality and the advanced all wheel drive systems come with a rear power bias that moves towards sporty response.

The BMW X3 2014 is close in size to the original X5, with a lot of rear seat leg and cargo space. Various standard features are attractive like automatic climate control, iPod and Bluetooth controls. While the iDrive controller is not so great, it is not better than the Q5’s system.


On the whole, the BMW X3 2014 is better than the Audi Q5 2014. However, you may feel differently if you are an Audi fan. Take the time that you need to compare both cars in terms of everything that is offered but BMW is surely better.