2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 BMW X6 M

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi SQ5 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 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The SQ5 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 X6 M 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 help make backing safer, the SQ5’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 M doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the SQ5 and the X6 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X6 M has not been tested, yet.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the X6 M (19 city/24 hwy vs. 14 city/19 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi SQ5 higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X6 M (3). This means the SQ5 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X6 M every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The SQ5 stops shorter than the X6 M:

 

SQ5

X6 M

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

152 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the X6 M’s (38.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X6 M (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 pounds less than the BMW X6 M.

The SQ5 is 9.9 inches shorter than the X6 M, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi SQ5 amounts to more than styling. The SQ5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the X6 M (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the SQ5 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 Prestige is quieter than the X6 M:

 

SQ5

X6 M

At idle

37 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the X6 M.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SQ5’s rear seats recline. The X6 M’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 M doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the SQ5 has a standard rear wiper. The X6 M doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SQ5 Prestige has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X6 M doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the SQ5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the SQ5 will cost $7530 to $8250 less than the X6 M over a five-year period.

The SQ5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the SQ5 will retain 52.86% to 52.91% of its original price after five years, while the X6 M only retains 39.16%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi SQ5 will be $52210 to $55551 less than for the BMW X6 M.

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