2020 Audi Q5 vs. 2020 BMW X4

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Safety

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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 X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Q5 and X4 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 X4’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.

Both the Q5 and the X4 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X4 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X4’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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

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The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the X4 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q5 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X4 (18.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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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 X4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X4:

Q5

X4

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/45R20 vs. 245/40R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the X4’s (38.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X4 (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Q5 is 3.9 inches shorter than the X4, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q5 has 2.7 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X4 with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X4 with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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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 Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Q5 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The X4 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi Q5 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the X4.

Recommendations

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

The Audi Q5 outsold the BMW X4 by over 9 to one during the 2019 model year.

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