Now that the brand new Audi Q5 facelift is right here, it’s time to check out the way it stacks up in opposition to its opponents. While there are some superb trying automobiles on this phase, there are actually solely two automobiles that the Q5 wants to fret about and we’re going to match it to one in every of them proper now — the BMW X3.
This new technology of BMW X3 is without doubt one of the greatest SUVs Audi’s Bavarian neighbor has ever made. It appears to be like good, has a superb inside, supplies tons of house and, most significantly, is great to drive. We’ve pushed the present X3 and the pre-facelift Audi Q5 and, if we’re being sincere, the Bimmer is the sweeter driving crossover of the 2. However, on this phase of premium SUVs, appears to be like and tech which might be most vital. So let’s see how these two get on now that the Q5 has been given a refresh.
Up entrance, the Audi Q5 facelift is extra aggressive than the BMW X3. That is both good or dangerous, relying on what you need from an SUV. If you need one thing extra refined, the inoffensive BMW is probably going the extra engaging automotive. However, the brand new Q5’s sportier grille, sharper headlights and sportier “vents” (they’re faux, that’s what the quotes are for), do make it a bit extra attention-grabbing. Personally, I feel the X3’s face is extra my fashion however I perceive selecting the Audi Q5.
In profile, I feel the Audi Q5 takes it. Despite the Bimmer being the rear-drive-biased automotive of the 2, because the Audi Q5 is front-wheel drive-based, it’s the latter that appears extra rear-driven in its styling. The rear wheels are extra accentuated by its sharp shoulder line and its rear wheel arches flare out greater than on the Bimmer. It additionally simply appears to be like a bit decrease, with much less upright trying glass and a seemingly shorter roof-line. So it’s the extra athletic trying automotive, despite the fact that the X3 is the extra athletic automotive on the highway.
Out again, the Audi Q5 is the sharper trying automotive, and will get new customizable OLED taillights, that are ultra-slick, however it has faux exhausts, so it’s routinely worse.
Inside, it’s a bit extra attention-grabbing. They’re each good trying cabins, in several methods. The Audi Q5’s is extra minimalist, extra fashionable and extra tech-focused. While the BMW X3 appears extra driver-focused on the within and likewise a bit extra sturdy. Personally, I’d quite sit within the Q5 however I perceive any buyer that desires an X3 as a substitute.
In the top, I feel it’s the Audi Q5 that’s the higher trying automotive total. It’s only a bit sportier and has a greater trying inside. However, the BMW X3 continues to be a really good-looking automotive and one I can see a number of clients preferring. To drive, although, I’d take the X3. Hands down.