2019 Audi Q3 vs. 2019 BMW X4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q3 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 X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Q3 and X4 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q3 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X4’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Both the Q3 and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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 Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X4’s engines use 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Q3 higher (7 out of 10) than the BMW X4 (5 to 7). This means the Q3 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X4 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q3’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the X4:

Q3

X4

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/40R20 vs. 245/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Q3’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the X4’s (38.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

The Audi Q3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the BMW X4.

The Q3 is 10.9 inches shorter than the X4, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Q3 has .6 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q3’s rear seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q3 has a much larger cargo volume than the X4 with its rear seat up (23.7 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q3’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X4 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 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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