2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q8 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 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q8 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Q8 and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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 Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 330) than the X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the X5 (275/50R20 vs. 265/50R19). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X5 (285/45R21 vs. 275/40R21).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the X5.

Chassis

The design of the Audi Q8 amounts to more than styling. The Q8 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q8 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Q8 has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity

The Q8’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Towing

The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X5’s (7700 vs. 6603 pounds).

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

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the Q8 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The X5 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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