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

Our team at BMW of Birmingham 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 best fit for your lifestyle!

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: Efficient & Adventurous

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

You will 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're looking for an SUV that has 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.

Luxurious Interiors

Both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have seating for five. They offer a wide array of luxurious comfort features, so you can enjoy every aspect of your drive. You'll get the following with either SUV:

  • Available leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Automatic 3-zone climate control
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available 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 your next vacation. There's 62.7 cubic feet to fill up. The Q5 is maxed out at just 54 cubic feet.

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

X3 vs Q5: Safety Technology

Both the new BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 come standard with a system that can prepare the vehicle for an imminent collision. When a collision is detected, these systems can automatically tighten the safety belts, close the windows, and activate post-crash braking.

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

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

If you're in a crowded parking lot, you'll have more confidence in either SUV. They can be equipped with a Park Assistant system that can steer you right into open spots. All you need to do is operate the accelerator and the brake.

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: We Have a Winner

The competition was close between these two luxury SUVs, but if you're looking for a vehicle that has better fuel economy and more space, you will want to choose the BMW X3. Take it to the streets of Birmingham, Irondale, and Hoover, Alabama, to see if it's right for you!

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