When we compare the 2018 Audi Q5's and the 2018 BMW X3's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Audi Q5 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars and base engine power. The 2018 BMW X3 has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value and overall quality score. The 2018 Audi Q5 and 2018 BMW X3 have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Audi Q5's and the 2018 BMW X3's specifications and ratings, the 2018 BMW X3 is a better car than the 2018 Audi Q5.
2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 BMW X3 Pricing
A used 2018 Audi Q5 ranges from $19,999 to $31,999 while a used 2018 BMW X3 is priced between $21,994 to $37,497.
2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 BMW X3 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Audi Q5 loses 50.8 percent of its value and the 2018 BMW X3 loses 50.5 percent of its value. This means the 2018 BMW X3 retains 0.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Audi Q5.
2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 BMW X3 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi Q5 is 8.1 out of 10 while the BMW X3's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Audi Q5 being ranked 6 out of 29 Best Luxury Small SUVs and the BMW X3 being ranked 2 out of 29. Out of 60 Best Luxury 5-seater SUVs, the Audi Q5 is ranked 14 and the BMW X3 is ranked 4. The Audi Q5 is also ranked 18 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs while the BMW X3 is ranked 5 out of 67.
2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 BMW X3 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Audi Q5 is 7.8 out of 10. For the BMW X3 the reliability rating is 8.3 out of 10. This gives the BMW X3 a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Audi Q5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Audi Q5’s base engine makes 252 horsepower, and the 2018 BMW X3 base engine makes 248 horsepower. Both the Q5 and the X3 are rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 500 and 499 miles respectively. Both models use premium unleaded.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2018 BMW X3 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.
While the BMW X3 is widely considered the driver’s choice, thanks in no small part to the top-spec X3 M, those who emphasize aesthetics are likely to prefer the Audi Q5, with its sleeker exterior design and more stylish interior. Both models offer 4- and 6-cylinder engines, yet the Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, whereas it’s an extra-cost option on the X3. Audi also offers a full plug-in hybrid version of the Q5, whereas a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup has replaced the optional plug-in design on the X3. Both manufacturers equip their SUVs with a healthy list of advanced driver assistance systems, but more of them come standard on the Q5. As for infotainment, the X3’s standard touchscreen is more than two inches larger than the Q5’s, while BMW’s iDrive system remains a challenge for some users. The X3 comes with three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, something Audi does not offer on the Q5.