Hah, so finally the German car giant has introduced it’s much anticipated mid size crossover, BMW X3 in the Indian auto market. The compact off roader possesses a serious threat to its arch rival Audi Q5. The Bavarian beauty offers phenomenal performance, aggressive looks, top quality comfort level and muscular build up. On the other hand Audi Q5 is gaining tremendous fame for its Quattro engine, alluring appearance, luxurious comfort and excellent ride quality.
With the new X series vehicle on hand, BMW might topple Audi Q5 in this part of the world. To know which one of the two is better, we bring to our viewers a short comparison of the new BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Comparison is based on the looks, interiors, engine, specifications & performance and price.
BMW X3 features compact body having sportiness and aggression. Stunning sharp looks enchant the onlookers. The long snout with kidney shaped grill and fog lamps placed just below headlamps further add to the overall looks of the car. Sporty roof rails, 5-stroke alloy wheels and drooling rear end sprinkle vibrant energy over its body.
On the contrary, Audi Q5 also boasts of compact body having charming looks rather than the aggressive looks of the BMW X3. Typical Audi grill with elegant headlamps and sun roof as add-on justifies the increasing popularity of Audi Q5. Alloy wheels with aggressive strokes, rear spoiler and sharply designed rear end increase the overall stance of the mesmerizing machine.
Both the cars are stunner in their own, BMW X3 suits more for power enthusiasts while Audi Q5 is for the style lovers.
Massive interior space and high quality material forms the basis of BMW X3. Top-quality textiles and leather upholstery is available with wide range of colours, enriching the ambience with plushness. An 8.8-inch Control Display, bluetooth office, bluetooth audio streaming, USB interface, BMW Efficient Dynamics, auto start stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and Electromechanical power steering are some of the outstanding features of the all new BMW X3.
Awesome Audi Q5 endows extra comfortable leather seats along with leather wrapped steering wheel feel like touching the cotton with bare hands. The crossover has enough capacity to hold five passengers with sufficient head and leg room. A 3-zone automatic climate control, pollen filter, humidity & sun sensors maintain the inside temperature of SUV. While electric rear window defogger, anti-theft alarm system, 12V power outlets, front ashtray, etc are some of the feature of Audi Q5.
On the interior front, BMW X3 gets a nod ahead of its German counterpart.
Engine, Specification & Performance:-
The Bavarian storm comes well equipped with 1995cc 16 valve four-cylinder diesel engine producing a maximum power of 130 kW and peak torque of 350 Nm while the other one six cylinder diesel motor offers 258 bhp of top power. Both the engines are mated with an eight speed Automatic Steptronic Transmission. Reaching from 0 to 100 kmph in mere 8.5 seconds, BMW X3 has a top speed of 210 kmph. The off roader claims to give a mileage of 12.8 kmpl as certified by ARAI.
While the four interlocked ringed car, Audi Q5 is powered by 1,968 cc, 4-cylinder, in-line diesel engine with TDI injection and VDG exhaust gas turbocharger that produces 170 PS of maximum power and 350 Nm of maximum torque. It is mated with 7-speed S-tronic transmission. Q5 accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 9.50 seconds with a top speed of 200 kmph. Audi Q5 is also good with fuel efficiency and returns with impressive mileage of 10.9 kmpl on city roads while 15.2 kmpl on highways.
We opt for the BMW X3 which suits for passionate drivers with great handling and cornering and high performance while Audi Q5 is best for fuel economy concern persons.
The prices of these cars are simply the decider with a healthy difference. The Audi Q5 2.0 is priced at Rs 38.94 lakhs while BMW X3 xDrive 20d is priced at Rs 41.20 lakhs. All the prices are ex-showroom New Delhi. In the price segment, Audi Q5 gets all the praising by being cheaper by more than two lakhs.
After assessing the complete comparison, we conclude that Audi Q5 is good for those buyers wanting more mileage, better styling at low cost while BMW X3 is for the power loving, comfort concerned, and exceptional ride enthusiast buyer.