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2018 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 Real-world Performance And Mileage Comparison

Published On Jul 16, 2018 08:01 AM By Saransh for Audi Q5

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The BMW is quicker, but is it more efficient too?

Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

BMW launched the 2018 X3 SUV in India in April this year to take on the 2018 Audi Q5, which went on sale here in January 2018. Both the German SUVs are evenly matched on the performance front. They are powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine and that too with an identical output of 190PS/400Nm. However, while the X3 comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Q5 gets a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Let’s find out which of the two SUVs is quicker and which is more frugal.

Performance

Audi Q5

 

0-100kmph

20-80kmph (kickdown)

Quarter Mile

Audi Q5

8.37s

6.02s

16.12s@138.55kmph

BMW X3

8.25s

5.46s

16.06s@134.83kmph

In our tests, it is the BMW which is quicker to reach the 100kmph mark from a standstill. The story remains similar during in-gear acceleration and quarter-mile drag too. While in the 20-80kmph kickdown, the X3 beats the Q5 by 0.56 seconds, in the quarter-mile drag, the Q5 is slower than the X3 by a very small margin of 0.06 seconds. As the difference in the quarter-mile drag is marginal, this might as well be down to different testing conditions like tyre wear, road temperature, driver and weather conditions. So, we can consider both the SUVs to be neck and neck, as far as acceleration is concerned.

BMW X3

Fuel Efficiency

BMW X3

 

Mileage Claimed

Tested Mileage

 

City

Highway

Audi Q5

17.01kmpl

12.29kmpl

16.11kmpl

BMW X3

16.04kmpl

11.56kmpl

18.24kmpl

While the X3 is clearly the quicker one out of the two, the results are a mixed bag when it comes to fuel economy. In the city, the Q5 is more frugal, whereas out on the highway, it is the X3 which has a better mileage.

Audi Q5

Verdict: It’ll be fair to say that both the SUVs match each other on the performance front. But since it is the X3 which is (slightly) quicker and more frugal on the highway, if you are someone who likes to drive him/herself mostly on the highway, the X3 is the SUV for you. On the other hand, if you drive more in the city, the Q5 has a slight edge with a better mileage.

Also Read: Luxury Car Sales In India: BMW, JLR, Volvo, Merc Register Positive Growth In The First Half Of 2018

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