The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are two of the most well-known in the auto industry for some good reasons. Both are classy, quite fuel-efficient, and a little more entertaining to drive than their competitors from the U.S. and Asia. However, when they face off and nose to nose, one becomes a clear winner, according to our numeric rankings.
For their performance, the new 2011 Audi’s turbocharged four-cylinder tends to make its own V-6 almost outdated. The front-drive, 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four helps make more torque than the 270-hp V-6, and obtains better gas mileage too, of 20/27 mpg. It’s a gutsy performer with 0-60 mph times of just over 7.0 seconds, a bit slower and coarser than the six, but drastically less expensive in some trims. But while we get pleasure from the Q5’s drivetrain performance, its handling isn’t rather as amazing, especially when Audi’s Drive Select package of electronic adaptive controls for the transmission, throttle, steering and suspension is ordered. The Q5’s steering doesn’t feel natural, and ride quality in Sport mode can be pretty harsh–though compared to some other crossovers, the Q5 still comes across as more car-like.
BMW provides two drivetrains, both six-cylinders, and because of a new eight-speed automatic, they over shadow the Q5’s straight-line performance and are better or on par with its fuel economy. Of the two, we have a preference for the exceptional acceleration of the 300-hp turbo six; at a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds, it’s the closest approximation of sedan performance in a crossover, and the base six is being changed in the 2013 model year anyway with a more fuel-efficient turbocharged four.
The X3 offers some adjustability to its suspension and steering feel but it’s better categorized than that in the Q5. Ride quality is outstanding, and BMW’s innovative all-wheel-drive system has a power bias to the rear that dials in more sporty response. A spacious car interior with a very high-quality feel offers up a great environment for passengers, and a safe one, with an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Base models involve leather and satellite radio, for about $35,000; versions over $50,000 push the limits of the pocketbook with characteristics like Bluetooth, which we think should be basic.
It’s remarkably rated, but the Q5 fulfills its match with the newest X3. BMW’s ute is now made in America, and it’s much better in nearly every way than the prior ute, and its German competitor. For one, the styling’s much more significant–much more like BMW’s cars, less blocky and better proportioned–and the cabin’s been handled to a business-class improvement with a clarified layout for controls and a better grade of materials.
Of course, you’ll want to drive them head to head and compare for yourselves. The BMW X3 wins us over by honing its crossover basics to a sharper, car-like edge. More details about auto parts, feel free to carpart4u.Chevy Accessories