When it comes to the luxury crossover market - and particularly to the realm of mid-size SUVs that effortlessly combine the family-friendly comforts you expect and the performance you crave - the 2017 BMW X3 and 2017 Audi Q5 easily take the top spots. But which is right for you?



Both vehicles share 2.0L turbocharged engines in their base models (X3 xDrive28i and Q5 Premium AWD), as well as 8-speed automatic transmissions, quick acceleration from 0 to 60 mph, and top speeds of an exhilarating 130 mph. However, while both models handle well, BMW's advanced xDrive AWD system guarantees a sporty, natural response in comparison to the Q5's stiffer, harsher, and generally more "car-like" feel. In addition, the X3 outpaces the Q5 with 240 horsepower at 5000 RPM, as well as in fuel economy, all with the goal of connecting you to the road like never before without sacrificing efficiency.


Both the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are outfitted with top safety features to ensure you, your passengers, and your cargo get to your destination in style and safety. With standard features like 4-wheel ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-roll stabilizer bars, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, both models offer comparable experiences. However, the X3 is built with choice and customization in mind. With optional features like blind spot detection and a 360° panorama Surround View camera, you'll be ready for whatever the road ahead brings.


Both models have been redesigned for 2017, and they strike an equally interesting balance between SUV proportions and styling more in line with the sedans of their brands. Still, while they fit a similar mold, the X3 commands a more chiseled, sporty look with the BMW kidney grille in comparison to the Q5's sculptural yet simple look, accompanied by Audi's signature "Singleframe" grille. Both sport brilliant headlights and taillights, as well as power tailgates for ease of access. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, but if you want to demand a double-take, the leaner, sharper X3 may be the better choice.


The nearly-equally roomy interiors of the X3 and Q5 are crafted with luxury materials to provide the comfortable driving experience you (and up to four additional passengers) deserve. With standard conveniences like intelligent infotainment systems (iDrive for BMW, MMI for Audi), Bluetooth technology, automatic climate control, universal garage door openers, and more, both vehicles offer the latest tech and comfort features to enhance your ride. However, the X3 offers a variety of options that the Q5 does not, including parking assistance, a rear view camera, and Wi-Fi Hotspot and wireless charging station. Perhaps the biggest difference becomes clear with regard to cargo space. The Q5 is certainly well-equipped to handle some serious packing, but it's the X3 that can convert from 27.6 to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seat is down. Whether you're on a weekend getaway or you're moving your teenager into their college dorm, the X3 has the room you need.

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