Compare the Compact and Capable BMW X3 to the Audi Q5 Here in Traverse City

When it comes to your next luxury compact SUV in the Traverse City area, the choices can almost seem endless. If you're looking for something that combines versatility, performance, and an unmatched quality, the BMW x3 is worth your look. The team here at BMW of Traverse City will show you how the BMW X3 stacks up against the Audi Q5. One of the biggest reasons you should choose the BMW X3 is the simple fact that the X3 has a lower starting price, making the X3 a more value-packed option for your next luxury compact SUV in Leelanau County.


When it comes to engine power, you'll have a few options when it comes to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

  • The standard engine on the BMW X3 is a 2.0-liter turbo charged four-cylinder
  • Similarly, the Audi Q5 offers slightly more horsepower with the 252-horsepower turbo-four.
  • The BMW X3 offers a monstrous 355-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the Audi Q5 only offers one engine option.

When it comes to versatile performance, the easy choice is the BMW X3 in Charlevoix MI. You'll love the refined and stable handling of the BMW X3 that the Audi Q5 just can't compare to. The Q5 does offer an energetic performance, but when it comes to the most well-rounded option for your life in Petoskey, the clear choice is the BMW X3. The BMW X3 also offers an efficient sDrive rear-wheel drive system, but if you want the added capability you can opt for the all-wheel drive system known as xDrive to your BMW X3. The Audi Q5 comes standard with their Quattro all-wheel drive system, but doesn't offer a front or rear-wheel drive option for those looking for performance and fuel efficiency.

Technology & Safety Comparison

Infotainment systems are more and more commonplace on new vehicles, but they aren't all cut from the same cloth. When you look at the MMI infotainment system on the Audi Q5, you'll see why the iDrive infotainment system on the BMW X3 is much more user-friendly. The touchscreen iDrive infotainment system offers simple menus, with a bright and crisp screen that is pleasing to look at. Additional standard features with your BMW X3 include Bluetooth, a USB port, 12-speaker stereo system, and a bright 6.5-inch touchscreen display. The Audi Q5 comes with a 7-inch display screen, but lacks touchscreen capability and requires you to use a frustrating system of knobs.

If you're looking for advanced driver assistance and safety technology, the BMW X3 offers the right amount of standard and available features. Standard features on your BMW X3 include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and traffic sign recognition. The Audi Q5 includes many of the same safety features, but doesn't offer driver drowsiness monitoring.

Interior Comforts & Cargo Space

It's hard to compare to the premium interior of the BMW X3 in Suttons Bay. The Audi Q5 does offer niceties like leather upholstery and heated seats, but the exquisite interior of the BMW X3 offers an unmatched quality and design. With your new BMW X3 you can add premium features like heated and ventilated front seats, an even longer panoramic glass moonroof, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, and much more. This allows you to customize your cargo and passenger carrying to exactly what you need. Whether you're loading up the whole family to take a weekend trip or just running your daily errands through Harbor Springs.

Schedule a Test Drive

Come take the BMW X3 for a test drive right here in Traverse City to see for yourself why so many drivers choose this compact luxury SUV for their needs over the Audi Q5.