BMW and Audi are two German luxury automotive giants best known for their exhilarating performance, comfort, and innovative technology. If you're in the market for a new car, you may be wondering which brand is better suited to your drives in Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, OH.

Our team at BMW Cleveland is here to help you discover the superior brand with this BMW vs. Audi comparison. Let's see which one comes out on top!





Top Midsize SUV

Audi Q8


KBB Midsize Luxury SUV Best Buy


6 Awards

2019 J.D. Power Awards

2 Awards

1 year/unlimited miles

CPO Warranty

1 year/unlimited miles

BMW vs Audi: Safety Features

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs crash tests to rate vehicles on how well they'll protect occupants in a collision. Vehicles are named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ when they receive the highest rating of Good in every crash test, feature advanced or superior front crash prevention, and receive a Good headlight rating.

Both BMW and Audi feature plenty of confidence-inspiring safety and driver-assistance technologies, but when it comes to overall crash prevention and protection, BMW comes out on top. Its lineup features the four following 2019-2020 TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles:

  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW 5 Series
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X5

Only three Audi models were given the designation of an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+. They are the 2019-2020 Audi A6, Audi Q3, and the 2019 e-Tron.

BMW vs Audi: Automotive Awards

J.D. Power presents awards for quality, dependability, and performance to a select number of vehicles that meet their criteria. These awards help guide consumers, so they can be more empowered when it comes time to embark on their car-buying journey.

In 2019, BMW received two quality awards and another pair of performance awards. Audi, on the other hand, only received one performance award and zero quality awards.

The J.D. Power Dependability award is given to 3-year-old vehicles that had the fewest problems reported within the last 12 months. BMW received another two dependability awards in 2019, while Audi was only given one.

BMW vs Audi: Battle of the Midsize Luxury SUVs

If you're looking for a capable midsize luxury SUV, the BMW X5 and the Audi Q8 are closely matched. Their 335-horsepower 3.0L engines perform well, but the X5 will add more excitement to your drive. It can take you from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.3 seconds. It takes 5.6 seconds for the Audi Q8 to reach the same speed.

Both SUVs offer luxury comfort amenities like leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, and automatic 4-zone climate control. Still, you'll have more room to stretch out in the X5. It boasts 40.7 inches of front headroom, while the Q8 tops out at just 37.1 inches.

If you're still not convinced, the 2020 BMW X5 was also named the "Midsize Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2020" by Kelley Blue Book. It beat out tough competition from other brands, including the Audi Q8.

BMW vs Audi: We Have a Winner!

If you're looking for a brand that offers a lineup full of safe vehicles with awarded dependability and quality, you'll want to go with BMW. If you're on the hunt for a versatile midsize luxury SUV, take the X5 to the streets of Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, Ohio.

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