2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5
2021 BMW X3


2021 Audi Q5
$43,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$43,300 MSRP
28.7 cubic feet

Standard Cargo Space

25.1 cubic feet
62.7 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

53.1 cubic feet

Navigation with Voice Activation

Requires Upgrade


25/29 city/hwy mpg

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

23/28 city/hwy mpg


Those who compare Audi vs. BMW always come out on top. After all, these two German automakers are both respected among performance enthusiasts–and the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 match-up puts their prowess on full display. Although it’s a close competition, drivers who value interior luxury, versatility, and performance will find more to love in the compact BMW. Find out exactly what we mean by reading on.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Interior Features

Both models cost about the same as standard, and both models come equipped with features like keyless ignition, Bluetooth® connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Of course, like other BMW SUV models, the X3 goes above and beyond what’s expected for the segment, delivering each of the following as standard:

  • 12 speaker audio system
  • Navigation system with voice activation
  • 10-way power front sport seats with driver memory settings

Each of these upgrades will cost you extra if you choose the Q5. If you don’t upgrade, you’ll have to settle for the following:

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Button-controlled Navigation
  • 8-way power front bucket seats

We should also point out that the X3 has the edge when it comes time to transport cargo:

  • X3 Cargo Space: 28.7-62.7 cubic feet
  • Q5 Cargo Space: 25.1-53.1 cubic feet

Check out the BMW X3 trim levels to explore the features that this model offers at other price points.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Powertrains & Specs

Before you can make a confident selection, you’ll need to know that your favorite model offers the power and efficiency that your Manchester and Lowell, MA drives demand. The Audi holds its own, but most will find that the X3 is more satisfying to pilot:

BMW X3 Powertrains

  • Standard 2.0L 4-cylinder Engine – 248 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque | 25 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (Rear-Wheel Drive), 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (Optional xDrive AWD)
  • Available3.0L 6-cylinder M Performance Engine – 382 hp / 365 lb-ft of torque | 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway with xDrive AWD
  • Available 2.0L 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain – 288 combined hp / 350 combined lb-ft of torque | MPGe To Be Announced (60 combined MPGe in 2020)

Audi Q5 Powertrains

  • Standard 2.0L 4-cylinder Engine – 248 hp / 273 lb-ft of torque | 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (quattro® all-wheel drive)
  • Available 2.0L 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain – 362 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque | 50 combined MPGe 

The 2021 BMW X3 and the 2021 Audi Q5 are fairly evenly matched as standard, but the X3 offers better fuel economy–even if you add xDrive all-wheel drive. 

Although the 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid fuel economy hasn’t yet been announced, estimates from MY-2020 suggest that it will maintain its advantage as you move down the line. And, if it’s power you’re after, no Q5 will be able to keep up with the X3 M40i.

Test Drive a 2021 BMW X3 in Nashua

Whether you’re ready to move forward or you’re still in the process of comparing BMW models, Tulley BMW of Nashua can help you take the next steps with confidence. Start exploring our BMW lease and finance offers today.

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