If you're looking for an adventurous and compact luxury SUV, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are sure to be at the top of your list. The question is: Which SUV is right for your journeys through Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, OH?

Our team at BMW Cleveland has created this BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 comparison so you can see what each SUV has to offer. Let's find out which one is the better fit for your lifestyle!


BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: Which Is More Efficient?

Both the 2021 BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 offer multiple powertrains, so you'll get to decide which combination of power and efficiency best suits you. If you're looking for the more efficient SUV, go with the X3. Its base configuration boasts an EPA-estimated 25 city/29 highway MPG.1 The Q5 only manages an EPA-estimated 23 city/28 highway MPG.

You'll have more traction on slick roads and all-terrain trails thanks to the all-wheel drive systems available with either SUV. They send the most power to the wheels with the best grip so you can enjoy sure-footed control.

If you want an SUV with the heart of a sports car, you'll want to go with the BMW X3 M40i. It's outfitted with a track-tuned M Sport suspension that helps improve handling while keeping all four wheels firmly planted. It also gives you the enhanced stopping power of M Sport Brakes with flashy blue calipers.


Step Inside the 2021 X3 and Q5

There's room for five passengers in both SUVs. The X3 and the Q5 offer a wide array of luxurious comfort features so you can enjoy every aspect of your drive. The following features are available with either model:

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Automatic 3-zone Climate Control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

The BMW X3 has more cargo space behind the rear seats. That will come in handy when packing up for a business trip or heading out to a remote campsite. There's 62.7 cubic feet to fill up. The Q5 is maxed out at just 54 cubic feet.

You'll be able to stay connected with the intuitive infotainment systems in either SUV. They're anchored by a touchscreen that's over 10 inches, but you'll find the multi-input iDrive 6.0 system of the BMW X3 more user-friendly. It can be operated with the iDrive touchpad Controller, the touchscreen, or even the sound of your voice.


Smart Safety Technology

Both the 2021 BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 come standard with a system that can prepare the vehicle for an imminent collision. When an unavoidable collision is detected, the BMW Active Protection System and the Audi pre sense® basic can automatically tighten the safety belts, close the windows, and activate post-crash braking.

Active Driving Assistant is standard on the X3. It comes with a variety of confidence-inspiring safety features. They include:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning

The 2021 Audi Q5 can be outfitted with several similar safety features. Plus, both SUVs offer a parking assistance system that can steer you right into open parking spots. All you'll need to do is operate the accelerator and the brake.


Time to Decide: BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 in Cleveland, OH

These SUVs are so closely matched in the safety department, it really comes down to what you're looking for. If your drives through Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, Ohio, call for the more efficient SUV that has more space, choose the 2021 BMW X3.

Contact us to schedule a test drive at BMW Cleveland to experience it for yourself!


1 Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.

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