2020 Audi A4 Allroad vs. 2020 BMW X2

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 Allroad 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 X2 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4 Allroad’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 A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad and X2 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The X2 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense Front in the A4 Allroad as “Superior.” The X2 scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The A4 Allroad 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 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 A4 Allroad. But it costs extra on the X2.

The A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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 rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X2’s engines use 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 A4 Allroad’s reliability 54 points higher than the X2.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

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The A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (248 vs. 228) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi A4 Allroad is faster than the BMW X2 (base engine):

A4 Allroad

X2

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

91.1 MPH

Transmission

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The A4 Allroad 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

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For better stopping power the A4 Allroad’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X2:

A4 Allroad

X2

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The A4 Allroad stops much shorter than the X2:

A4 Allroad

X2

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A4 Allroad has larger tires than the X2 (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

The A4 Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X2’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4 Allroad’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the X2 (110.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The A4 Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X2 xDrive28i (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The A4 Allroad has 1 inch more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

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The A4 Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The A4 Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A4 Allroad easier. The A4 Allroad’s trunk lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

Towing

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The A4 Allroad has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the A4 Allroad 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 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 Allroad 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 Allroad Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X2 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The A4 Allroad has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the X2. The A4 Allroad 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 A4 Allroad 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.

Economic Advantages

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The A4 Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A4 Allroad will retain 42.51% to 42.92% of its original price after five years, while the X2 only retains 39.75% to 42.15%.

Recommendations

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The Audi A4/S4 outsold the BMW X2 by over two to one during 2019.

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