2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 BMW X3

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 X3 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the X3.

Both the Allroad and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X3’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Allroad’s reliability 27 points higher than the X3.

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

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the X3 s/xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the X3 s/xDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Allroad

X3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

91.5 MPH

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 X3 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X3:

 

Allroad

X3

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

The Allroad stops shorter than the X3:

 

Allroad

X3

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the X3 (245/45R18 vs. 225/60R18).

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 X3 xDrive30i’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the X3 xDrive30i (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X3 xDrive30i’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Allroad’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the X3 M40i’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

The Audi Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the BMW X3.

The Allroad is 7.2 inches shorter in height than the X3, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s cargo lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the X3’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

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 X3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, 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 X3 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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 X3 only retains 46.62% to 48.02%.

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