2020 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Audi Q5

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Safety

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The X1’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X1 and the Q5 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Audi Q5:

X1

Q5

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

187

187

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

31%

34%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X1 is safer than the Audi Q5:

X1

Q5

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

637 lbs.

817 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q5 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q5.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X1 has a 150-amp alternator. The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Q5 Auto (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/27 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi Q5 (3). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X1, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

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The X1 stops much shorter than the Q5:

X1

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Q5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q5 Prestige (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q5’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The X1 is 8.1 inches shorter than the Q5, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has .2 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The X1’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Q5 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $191 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Q5, including $15 less for front brake pads, $30 less for a starter and $6 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Q5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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