2020 Audi Q5 Compare vs 2020 BMW X3 Comparison in Columbus, OH

SUVs from Audi are unlike any others on the road. You'll find remarkable luxury and value in a model like the 2020 Audi Q5, making it a perfect choice for the family who won't settle for just any old ride. In recent years, the luxury SUV market has become saturated with choices, like the BMW X3. But when you compare the 2020 offering by BMW to the 2020 Audi Q5, it becomes clear that Audi is the better choice. On this model comparison page, you'll find greater detail on how these two SUVs compare. Once you've seen what Audi has to offer, we invite you to take the next step and experience the Q5 for yourself.

Audi Q5 interior

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 BMW X3: Interior Design & Features

As soon as you step inside the Audi Q5, you'll see that it's a much more luxurious vehicle. While the 2020 BMW X3 comes standard with leatherette seating, the Audi Q5 has genuine leather upholstery even at the entry level. This leather is paired with walnut inlays that offer a more upscale look than the oak inlays that come in the BMW X3. But there's more to your comfort than just style, which is why heated front seats and ambient interior LED lighting are also standard in the 2020 Audi Q5. These features are not standard, however, in the 2020 BMW X3.

In addition, the 2020 Audi Q5 offers superior connectivity. iPhone users will be able to connect via Apple CarPlay® in either SUV, but Android users are out of luck in the BMW X3. While Android Auto™ is standard in every 2020 Audi Q5, it's not available at all in the 2020 BMW X3.

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Audi Q5 driving down dirt road

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 BMW X3: Performance

Whichever of these two SUVs you choose, you'll get a powerful 248-horsepower engine. The engine in the Audi Q5 does generate more torque, but the extra curb weight means that acceleration will be similar between both SUVs. But when the rubber hits the road, the performance between these two SUVs is much more different than you might expect. This is for two main reasons.

First, every 2020 Audi Q5 comes standard with quattro® all-wheel drive. This AWD system by Audi provides exceptional traction and provides better grip when you conquer corners. And if you should find yourself traveling down dirt roads or snowy streets, this extra traction makes your drive even safer. The 2020 BMW X3 comes standard as a rear-wheel drive vehicle; all-wheel drive is available, but it will cost you extra.

The second major difference is the transmission. The 2020 BMW X3 includes an 8-speed automatic transmission that's impressive enough, providing smooth shifting. But the Audi Q5 comes with an even more impressive 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission. Audi was one of the pioneers of this type of transmission, which makes use of two separate clutches. The result is that you don't lose any power during gear shifts while you accelerate!

Audi Q5 driving over a bridge

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 BMW X3: Safety

Audi and BMW both take your safety very seriously, which is why both the 2020 Audi Q5 and the 2020 BMW X3 have earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to similar crashworthiness, both vehicles also come with a number of standard and available driver assistance features. But there's still a difference. The 2020 Audi Q5 offers a few available features that the BMW X3 doesn't offer at all. Traffic Sign Recognition can keep track of traffic signs you've passed so that you're aware of speed limits and special conditions.

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2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 BMW X3: Value

The 2020 Audi Q5 does start off with a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 BMW X3, but this doesn't tell the whole story. As you've seen, the Audi Q5 also offers a better array of standard and available features. Adding these features to the BMW X3 can increase its price significantly. In fact, choosing a base BMW X3 and simply adding all-wheel drive will increase the MSRP so that it's more expensive than the entry-level Audi Q5, which comes standard with AWD. Despite what it may look like at first, the Audi Q5 is the better choice.

2020 Audi Q52020 BMW X3
$43,400Starting MSRP*$41,950
273 lb.-ft.Torque258 lb.-ft.
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
28 Highway / 22 City (MPG)Gas Mileage (AWD)29 Highway / 24 City (MPG)
StandardLeather UpholsteryAvailable Upgrade
StandardAndroid Auto™Not Available
WalnutWood InlaysDark Oak
StandardAmbient LED Interior LightingNot Available
StandardHeated Front SeatsAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.