Whether you're seeking out thrills or just looking for a more comfortable way to get to work, the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7 have what you need. The question is: Which luxury SUV is the best fit for your rides through Birmingham, Irondale, and Hoover, AL?

Our team at BMW of Birmingham is here to help you decide which SUV you should drive home. We've created this BMW X5 vs. Audi Q7 comparison. Let's see who comes out on top!

BMW X5 vs Audi Q7: Energetic Performance

BMW vs. Audi is a long-standing rivalry on the racetrack. When it comes to these two SUVs, the BMW X5 is sure to cross the finish line first. It comes standard with a 3.0L TwinPower turbo engine, which cranks out 335 horsepower. Compare that to the standard 2.0L TFSI® engine of the Audi Q7. It tops out at 248 horsepower.

The X5 can get you off the starting line a bit quicker, too. It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.3 seconds. It takes the Q7 6.9 seconds to reach the same speed.

Whether you're hitting the road in a heavy storm or taking your journey off-road, both SUVs offer capable all-wheel-drive systems. These full-time systems constantly provide the most power to the wheels with the most grip, so you can enjoy sure-footed control.

Step Inside the X5 & Q7

The BMW X5 and Audi Q7 both seat up to seven passengers in the supple comfort of available leather-trimmed seats. You can turn the front seats into your own private getaway. Both luxury SUVs can be outfitted with heated and ventilated front seats with a massaging function. They each feature several massage programs with varying levels of intensity.

These SUVs come with very similar infotainment systems, so you'll be able to stay connected on your way to work or during the next road trip. They both offer the following features:

  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

You can take control of the infotainment features in either vehicle with the sound of your voice, the touchpad controller, or the touchscreen, but you'll find the display in the BMW X5 is more user-friendly, thanks to its larger 12.3-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen in the Q7 is only 10.1 inches.

Who Has the Safety Advantage?

If you're looking for a safe ride to give you more peace of mind when your loved ones are in tow, a luxury vehicle is a great choice. If you choose the BMW X5 or the Audi Q7 you'll have a wide array of driver-assistive features at your disposal.

Both vehicles come with a system that prepares the vehicle for impact when it detects an imminent collision. These systems will automatically tighten the seat belts, close the windows, and activate post-crash braking, when an incoming impact is detected.

When you find yourself in a crowded parking lot, both vehicles come with a surround view that will help you maneuver into tight spots. If you need an SUV that can park itself, you will need the BMW X5. Once you pull up to an open spot, the available Parking Assistant Plus will steer right in.

BMW X5 vs Audi Q7: The Results Are in

The match-up was close, but in the end, the BMW X5 pulled out the win. It boasts more impressive driver-assistance, a user-friendly infotainment system, and track-tuned performance. Take it to the streets of Birmingham, Irondale, and Hoover, Alabama, to see if it's right for you.

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