2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2019 BMW X6

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 X6 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 X6 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Q8 and X6 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q8 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 X6’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 Q8 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X6 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 Q8. But it costs extra on the X6.

To help make backing safer, the Q8’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 X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Q8 and the X6 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 33 more horsepower (335 vs. 302) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’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 X6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X6:

 

Q8

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the X6 (275/50R20 vs. 255/50R19). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X6 (285/45R21 vs. 275/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the X6. The Q8’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the X6 xDrive50i.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the X6 (117.9 inches vs. 115.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q8 is 1.5 inches wider in the front than on the X6.

Passenger Space

The Q8 has 1.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q8’s rear seats recline. The X6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q8 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (28.6 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Q8 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (67.5 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X6’s (7700 vs. 6000 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

The Q8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Q8 has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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