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2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 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

Upgrade required


25/29 city/hwy mpg

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

23/28 city/hwy mpg


If you’re dreaming of getting behind the wheel of a new luxury SUV, you’re likely considering two German automakers: BMW and Audi. After all, both brands are highly respected among performance enthusiasts, but which is best for you? We at Motorwerks BMW believe the 2021 BMW X3 is the clear winner. Find out why in this comprehensive 2021 Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3 comparison.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Interior Features

The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 cost about the same. Both models come well-equipped with features such as Bluetooth® connectivity, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steering wheel-mounted controls. However, like other BMW SUV models, the BMW X3 surpasses expectations with a longer list of incredible standard features for your St Paul drives. Here’s where the X3 comes out ahead:

  • Navigation system with voice activation, compared to button-controlled navigation in the Q5
  • 12 speaker audio system, compared to a 10-speaker audio system in the Q5
  • 10-way power front sport seats with driver memory settings, compared to 8-way power front seats in the Q5

Not only does the X3 offer more premium standard interior features, but it also has more cargo space! Check out the dimensions below:

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

If you’re not quite sure that the X3 offers enough space for your needs, compare BMW models like the X3 and the X5 to get a better sense of what our lineup has to offer.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3: Engine Performance

Which luxury SUV delivers a more robust engine performance on Minneapolis roads and beyond? The BMW is called “The Ultimate Driving Machine®” for a reason! Review the engine specs below for these models and decide for yourself

2021 BMW X3 Powertrains

  • Standard 2.0L 4-cylinder Engine: 248 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque, and 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 with 365 lb-ft of torque, and 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway with xDrive AWD
  • Available 2.0L 4-cylinder Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain: 288 combined hp with 350 combined lb-ft of torque | MPGe To Be Determined

Audi Q5 Powertrains

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

If the 382 hp offered by the BMW X3 M40i isn’t enough to satisfy your needs, you can always upgrade with the BMW X3 M. Nothing on the other side of this Audi vs. BMW matchup can compete. 

Get Behind the Wheel of a 2021 BMW X3 at Motorwerks BMW

Now that we’ve compared the Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3, contact us when you’re ready to take your test drive! Ask us about our BMW lease and finance offers or find out how to shop and buy online today.

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