Compact luxury SUVs have grown in popularity in the Dayton area, as buyers opt for the increased utility and capability of crossovers over the traditional sedan. Two of the options in the segment that stand out to Vandalia buyers are the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Both of these luxury crossovers sit near the top of the segment, with attractive options, great performance, and true luxury quality. But which one is better for Troy luxury car buyers?

We're going to compare the BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 to see which of these popular luxury SUVs is the better fit for our Dayton customers. When buying a luxury vehicle, there are a lot of factors that Centerville, OH shoppers consider. From standard features, to cargo room, to the driving experience. And with Dayton's recent winters, many are choosing luxury crossovers for their better handling in inclement weather. We'll look at all this and more in our comparison of the X3 vs Q5 below.


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BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 - Driving & Utility

Needless to say, both of these German luxury SUVs offer driving experiences that mainstream competitors can't match. Both offer advanced AWD systems, which will keep Troy, OH owners feeling confident on the road. But for those who prefer the feel and dynamics of RWD, that is the standard configuration on the BMW X3. While Audi's sedans come standard with FWD, all Q5 models use AWD.

When it comes to engine power, the base engines on the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 offer similar power and performance, each employing a 2.0l turbo producing 248 horsepower. However, despite the same engine size and power, the BMW X3's gase mileage is better than the Audi's. The X3 gets 30 mpg highway, compared to 27 for the Audi.

Things also change when looking at upgraded engines. The X3 M40i uses a turbocharged 3.0l to produceĀ 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the standard Audi Q5 only comes with the single engine option. To get a more powerful Q5, Dayton buyers will have to opt for the Q5 Hybrid. While its power almost matches the BMW's, it is also over $7,500 more.

Vandalia, OH owners will enjoy driving both of these compact luxury SUVs, no matter the weather conditions. They also offer similar storage, with the BMW offering more practical storage options and slightly more cargo room. While the Audi offers an attractive driving experience, the BMW X3 wins in important areas such as fuel efficiency, interior storage, and power when looking at the upgraded engine.

Audi vs BMW - Features & Pricing

When purchasing a luxury vehicle in Dayton, OH, buyers want to know what kind of features come included. One thing that the Q5 has that the BMW X3 doesn't, is standard leather interior. It is, of course, an option on the BMW X3, but some buyers will appreciate that it's standard on all Q5 models. That said, the base Audi Q5 is several thousand dollars more expensive than the base X3, so this shouldn't be a big deciding factor. The standard interior on the BMW X3 is simulated leather.

Both the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 offer large central screens, as well as advanced driver aides, upgraded sound systems, and more. Compared to more mainstream crossovers, their refinement will be evident to all Centerville shoppers.

When it comes to safety, the BMW X3 ranked slightly ahead of the Audi Q5, but both received overall 5-Star ratings. The X3 also rated above-average in reliability, while the Audi Q5 received an Average rating from J.D. Power. It's hard to go wrong with either of these compact luxury SUVs, but our Dayton customers have been won over by the BMW's lower price, greater reliability, and more powerful engine options.

Test Drive the BMW X3 in Dayton, OH

The BMW X3 is one of the most popular vehicles in the luxury compact SUV segment, and for good reason. With desirable features, impressive powertrains, and an attractive starting price, the BMW X3 exemplifies what Troy, OH shoppers are looking for in a BMW.

The Audi Q5 is also a popular vehicle, due to its long list of standard features, great driving dynamics, and attractive interior. However, we think the BMW X3 is the better option for most Dayton buyers.

Ready to take a test drive of the BMW X3? You can visit BMW of Dayton, conveniently located in Dayton, OH. Only a 25 minute drive from Troy, we offer a great selection of BMW models, as well as a luxurious buying experience to match our vehicles. Above, you can browse our inventory, get in touch, and even get pre-approved for financing. Our friendly, professional staff is standing by at BMW of Dayton, part of Evans Motorworks.

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