BMW X5 vs Audi Q5


Are you in the market for a luxury SUV? Want a vehicle that’s sure to give your Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, NH, travels a much-needed upgrade? If so, then it’s time to get behind the wheel of one of the sought-after German-engineered SUVs from BMW or Audi.

When powerful performance and advanced technology are what you seek, the 2021 BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 are just what you’re looking for. So, which one is right for you? The experts at BMW of Stratham have studied these two vehicles and have compiled this BMW X5 vs. Audi Q5 comparison of our findings.

Ready to discover your new dream car? Keep reading to learn more!

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: Hair-Raising Performance Capabilities

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5Picture this: You’re seated behind the wheel of your luxury SUV at a stoplight. You hear the purr of the engine rumbling like a caged beast. You feel the vibrations traveling throughout your body like an endless chill traveling up your spine.

Only one of these models is capable of producing this heart-pumping, hair-raising power: the BMW X5.

That’s because this model is outfitted with one of four different engines, each offering a bit more than the last. The Audi Q5, on the other hand, only comes with one engine configuration.



Audi Q5

Standard Engine

3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo

2.0L turbo


335 HP

261 HP


331 lb-ft

273 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

5.3 seconds

5.7 seconds

Comparing the standard engines of these rivals proves the X5 is the better, more powerful option. Want further proof? Its optional 4.4L BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine easily pumps out up to 600 horsepower. That’s more than twice as much power as the Audi Q5.

Even in terms of efficiency, the BMW X5 outperforms the Q5. This model comes with an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway MPG.* While on the surface the Q5 appears to have a better efficiency with its EPA-estimated 23 city/28 MPG, its 18.5-gallon tank only lets you travel up to 518 miles before needing to refuel.

The BMW X5, on the other hand, can travel up to 569 miles thanks to its massive 21.9-gallon tank.

Audi Q5 vs BMW X5: Non-Stop Entertainment

Whether you have a long commute ahead or are just making a quick trip around town, having access to non-stop entertainment is one of the fastest ways to boost your commute. Thankfully, both the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 come equipped with plenty of technology features—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and SiriusXM® satellite radio—as standard.

While there are many similarities, the BWM X5 once again outshines the Audi Q5 thanks to its extra tech features, like a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen display and the Connected Package Professional suite, which includes components like:

  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • On-Street Parking Information
  • Hazard Preview
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • And much more

The Audi Q5 offers similar features through Audi connect®. The biggest difference is that Audi connect® is an optional feature only offered on higher trim levels. The Connected Package Professional suite with the X5 comes standard.

X5 vs Q5: Comprehensive Safety Features

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5Knowing you have a copilot constantly keeping an extra eye out for your safety helps you enjoy your commute to the fullest. Standard safety suites offered on both models provide alerts when a hazard is detected and ensure you always have a safety copilot with you—even when you’re traveling alone.

Standard BMW X5 Safety

Standard Audi Q5 Safety

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Automatic high beams
  • Rear-view Camera
  • Active Protection System
  • Audi pre sense® city
  • Audi side assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking system plus
  • High beam assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Audi pre sense® basic and rear

As you can see, both the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 offer comprehensive safety features that help protect you and your passengers. These features not only work to help prevent collisions, but they also work to reduce the severity of injury in the event one is unavoidable.

Thanks to this, both the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 are considered highly safe vehicles.

BMW X5 vs Audi Q5: The Verdict

When you’re looking to give your Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, New Hampshire, travels a premium upgrade, both the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 are great choices. While they’re both equally safe, the Audi Q5 can’t compete with the infotainment features and powerful performance offered by the BMW X5, making the X5 the overall better option.

Ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW X5? Contact us or head over to BMW of Stratham to experience this luxury SUV for yourself today!


* Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.