2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2018 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X2 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 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 X2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Q5 and X2 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 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 X2’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.

The Q5 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 X2 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 provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the X2.

The Q5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X2 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q5 and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X2’s engine uses 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 Q5’s reliability 22 points higher than the X2.

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 Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (248 vs. 228) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the X2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Audi Q5 is faster than the BMW X2:

 

Q5

X2

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Q5 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Q5 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 X2 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X2:

 

Q5

X2

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The Q5 stops shorter than the X2:

 

Q5

X2

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the X2 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X2’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the X2 (111 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the X2.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q5 has a 4400 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the X2. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

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 Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X2 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Q5 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the X2. The Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X2.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X2 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The X2 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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