2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Allroad has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Allroad’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Allroad and the X5 xDrive40e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 xDrive40e has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X5 xDrive40e’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 1 place higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Allroad is faster than the BMW X5 xDrive40e:

 

Allroad

X5 xDrive40e

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

16.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

128 MPH

127 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X5 xDrive40e (3). This means the Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X5 xDrive40e every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X5 xDrive40e:

 

Allroad

X5 xDrive40e

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Allroad stops much shorter than the X5 xDrive40e:

 

Allroad

X5 xDrive40e

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X5 xDrive40e’s standard 50 series tires.

The Allroad has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X5 xDrive40e; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the X5 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the X5 xDrive40e’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

The Audi Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 pounds less than the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

The Allroad is 6.2 inches shorter than the X5 xDrive40e, making the Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Allroad is 10.6 inches shorter in height than the X5 xDrive40e, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Allroad has .3 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the X5 xDrive40e.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Allroad’s available trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 14% lower rating, BMW is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X5 xDrive40e doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Allroad will cost $1430 to $2090 less than the X5 xDrive40e over a five-year period.

The Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Allroad will retain 50.32% to 50.79% of its original price after five years, while the X5 xDrive40e only retains 47.67%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Allroad will be $8295 to $14605 less than for the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

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