The right mixture of sportiness and luxury should always be easy to come by. With the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, that just-right blend is within reach. Albuquerque, Sandia, and Rio Rancho drivers seeking a SUV with personality and style should engage in the BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 debate that Sandia BMW is covering in this space.

After doing so, you'll have a better idea of what each of these vehicles is capable of, and you'll be ready for a test drive.

X3 vs Q5 Performance

If you're in search of a luxury SUV, then that means you're likely in search of a car that's fun to drive. Both the X3 and Q5 deliver in this department for both the single city driver and growing suburban family.

The base edition of the BMW X3 is equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which makes 248 horsepower. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the different shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters give a driver greater control over how they want their drive to feel. The Audi Q5 does match the BMW X3 in the horsepower department, with a standard 248-horsepower turbocharged offering.

It won't match the X3 in the fuel economy department, though. The BMW X3 receives an EPA-estimated 23 MPG city/30 MPG highway. The Audi Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/27 MPG highway, which can leave drivers going to the pump to fill up more often.

Interior Space and Cargo

Both the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are modern, functional, and designed using high-quality materials, giving you a welcome respite from a busy world. Whether you're looking to load up the week's groceries or heading out on a weekend getaway with the family, the power tailgate and split rear seats deliver a wealth of opportunity.

That being said, if you're looking for premium cargo space, you'll find more of it in the BMW X3 than you will the Audi Q5. The X3 offers up to 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Q5 carries just 53.1 cubic feet.

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 Tech Features

Wherever you're heading next, it's nice to be able to have tech features you can count on. The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 feature Apple CarPlay®, which lets you link your iPhone® to the touchscreen for access to music, navigation apps, and so much more. Plus, thanks to wireless Bluetooth® technology, it's easy to pair a smartphone for hands-free phone calls.

There is something the BMW X3 has that the Audi Q5 does not: It's the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which comes with a 10.25-inch central display screen for more connectivity and control. The largest screen in the Audi Q5 measures in at just over eight inches.

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: The Last Word

With our BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 comparison, you've had the opportunity to see how each of these cars handles the roads of Albuquerque, Sandia, and Rio Rancho. However, the best way to get a feel for a car is still with a test drive. With its powerful yet fuel-efficient performance, interior space, and tech features, the X3 outclasses the Q5 in many ways.

Schedule your test drive with the Sandia BMW team today, and we'll be here with the keys waiting.

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