When you’re looking to cruise around Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, GA, in a luxury German SUV, chances are you’re torn between the 2021 BMW X3 and 2021 Audi Q5. Both models offer incredible performance capabilities, standard safety features, and advanced infotainment technology. Which is the right vehicle for you, though?

To help you out, we here at BMW of Albany created this 2021 BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 comparison. Let’s get started!

2021 BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: At a Glance




Standard Engine

2.0L TwinPower Turbo


Safety System

Active Guard

Audi pre sense®

Number of Speakers



BMW X3 Driving

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: Performance Capabilities

When you drive a luxury automobile, you expect the luxury to extend beyond good looks. Luckily, you’ll be cruising around Georgia with premium power with either the BMW X3 or Audi Q5.

Both SUVs come standard with a 2.0L engine that produces 248 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in about six seconds. If you wish to add a little more oomph to your commutes, you can upgrade both vehicles to a larger engine with a more athletic performance.

With the Audi Q5, you can upgrade to a 2.0L 55 TFSI® engine. With this, you now get a hair-raising 362 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only five seconds.

However, while this is impressive, there is no competition when comparing the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 optional engines.

That’s because the X3 can be upgraded to a 3.0L TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine. With this, you’ll have an athletically tuned 382 horsepower that makes it possible to go from 0 to 60 MPH in a mere 4.4 seconds.

BMW X3 on Road

2021 BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 Standard Safety

Since safety is the most important thing when cruising around town, the X3 and Q5 come standard with comprehensive safety features. With BMW Active Guard and Audi pre sense®, you’ll have frontal collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Both vehicles also come with a system that can pretension seat belts, close the windows, and more.

The difference in the standard safety features of the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 is that with the X3, you’ll find additional post-collision safety features. For example, in the event of a collision, impact sensors will automatically disconnect the fuel pump and other features from the battery and unlock the doors.

BMW X3 Interior Technology

Advanced Entertainment Features: BMW X3 vs Audi Q5

No matter where your luxury SUV takes you, you’ll stay connected to the digital features you love, thanks to the advanced entertainment options found with both the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

For example, Apple CarPlay®, HD Radio™, and Bluetooth® capabilities can be found in either vehicle. However, the BMW X3 takes the lead again with its larger standard features.

With the Q5, you’ll have a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen display and 10 speakers with the Audi sound system. With the X3, on the other hand, you’ll get an 8.8-inch multimedia display with 12 standard speakers, thanks to the HiFi Sound System.

Additionally, with the BMW X3, you’ll have a standard navigation system. With the Audi Q5, this is only an optional feature.

For those who want an easier time viewing both music and navigation with more surround sound, you’ll get this with the X3.

2021 BMW X3 vs Audi Q5: Which Will You Choose?

When it comes down to choosing between the 2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Audi Q5, it’s clear the X3 is the better choice. While comparable performance, safety, and entertainment features are found on both models, the BMW offers additional features that either aren’t found in the Q5 or are only available with a vehicle upgrade.

To learn more about all the ways the X3 can take your commutes to the next level around Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, Georgia, give our team at BMW of Albany a visit today!

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