2018 Audi Q5 vs 2018 BMW X3

Are you in need of a new luxury SUV, but are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options? Let the Santa Monica Audi team assist you by presenting two of the most coveted models on the market: the 2018 Audi Q5 and BMW X3. While both models have unequivocal advantages, only one SUV is right for your exact needs. Read through our in-depth analysis of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 for more information.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll be taking a look at the 2018 Audi Q5 Premium Plus, starting at $45,500 MSRP, and the 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i, starting at $42,650 MSRP.

If you'd like to see our selection of Q5 models, check out the new vehicle inventory for trim availability. Don't hesitate to reach out by calling (888) 904-7353 for more information about the Q5 inventory at our Audi dealership in Santa Monica, CA.

Performance & Engine Specs

When it comes to drivability, you want to ensure every drive is unsurpassable. You can have this experience in both the 2018 Audi Q5 and BMW X3. However, the Q5 has a number of enhanced features that will surely make a difference.

2018 Audi Q5


2018 BMW X3

2.0L TFSI® 4-cylinder; 252 HP; 273 lb.-ft. torque


2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder; 248 HP 258 lb.-ft. torque

Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission


Eight-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission

quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology


xDrive all-wheel-drive system

4,400 lbs.

Towing Max.

4,400 lbs.

Interior & Exterior

From charming interior touches to fierce exterior design, there are so many features for you to enjoy on the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Yet again, the Q5 comes in ahead with the incredible interior and exterior features it has to offer.

2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

  • Leather seating
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 3-zone automatic climate control
  • LED ambient lighting package
  • 18-in. 5-double-spoke-dynamic design wheels
  • Singleframe® grille
  • Automatic headlamps with dynamic range adjustment
  • Power tailgate
2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Unavailable with panoramic sunroof
  • 3-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient lighting
  • 18-in. Y spoke light alloy wheels
  • LED low-beam and halogen high-beam headlights
  • Power tailgate

Safety & Technology

Whether you're in need of added security or advanced tech, the 2018 Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have you covered. Explore the many safety and technology features these SUVs have to offer. They differ in a number of ways, so only one will meet your requirements.


Safety & Technology Features

2018 Audi Q5

  • Audi advanced key
  • Audi pre sense® basic
  • Audi pre sense® city
  • Parking system plus with rear view camera (front and rear acoustic sensors
  • 7.0-in. MMI® center infotainment display
  • SiriusXM® with 90-day trial subscription
  • Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®

2018 BMW X3

  • Standard keyless entry system
  • Active Protection System
  • Adaptive brakelights
  • Central locking system on front doors
  • iDrive® 6.0 infotainment system
  • Pre-wiring for SiriusXM®
  • Bluetooth®

Audi Q5 Interior vs BMW X3 Interior

Schedule a Test Drive at Santa Monica Audi

If you're certain the new Q5 SUV is the best vehicle for your needs, schedule a test drive at our Audi dealership in Santa Monica, CA. We also encourage our customers to take advantage of the many Q5 lease offers we have available. For more information, we welcome you to reach out to Santa Monica Audi by sending a message or calling (888) 904-7353.

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