Back to back exterior comparison of a 2019 Audi Q7 and the 2019 BMW X5 

You deserve to drive the best luxury midsize SUV available, which is why you must take a minute and evaluate the differences between the Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5. Both of these vehicles have a strong fan base, but which one is really the preferred option? The 2019 Audi Q7 features a starting price of $53,550 while the BMW X5 is more than $7k higher at $60,700. That alone is not enough information to choose either the Audi Q7 or BMW X5, but it's a good start. At Audi Colorado Springs, we believe in making educated choices. That's why we've put together a complete Q7 vs. X5 comparison for you. We will evaluate the interior, exterior, performance, and safety of both luxury SUV models so that you can accurately compare Audi to BMW.

2019 Audi Q7

Exterior of a gray 2019 Audi Q7 driving around a curve on a test course


The 7-passenger Audi Q7 contains 14.8 cubic feet of room behind the third row. In total, users have access to 71.6 cubic feet of space when all the rear seats are folded down. Standard features include an MMI infotainment system, 8.3-inch display, Bluetooth, satellite radio, two USB ports, handwriting recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation. Audi comes standard with more seating capacity and virtually equal cargo space. 


The sleek and robust Q7 is available in 9 premium exterior colors. These include: Cobra Beige Metallic, Night Black, Navarra Blue Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Carrara White, Florett Silver Metallic, Galaxy Blue Metallic, Orca Black Metallic, and Samurai Gray Metallic. The X5 has a few more color options.


In our Audi Q7 comparison, it's critical to look at the performance aspects as well. The standard engine is a turbo four-cylinder that pumps out 248 horsepower. With an upgrade, drivers can get the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 instead with 329 horsepower. Both of these pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and produces 19/25 mpg. What's most exceptional is that the Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds when equipped with the available Towing package. This package includes a trailer hitch receiver and brake controller pre-wiring.


Interior of a 2019 Audi Q7 premium luxury SUV

The NHTSA gave this Audi SUV a 5/5-star overall crash test rating. It's also earned the top classification of Good in six test categories from the IIHS. Standard safety features on the Q7 include a rearview camera plus front and rear parking sensors. In addition, it features the Audi Pre Sense front, which comes complete with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

2019 BMW X5

Exterior view of a 2019 BMW X5 parked at the top floor of a parking garage city overlook


The 5-passenger X5 can be upgraded to 7-passenger seating with an optional third row. With no third row, there's 34 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 72 cubic feet when the seats are down in the third row option. Standard equipment includes a panoramic moonroof, iDrive infotainment system, 12.3-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker premium hi-fi audio system, Bluetooth, navigation, three USB ports plus Apple CarPlay.


There are 14 colors options for the X5. These include: Ametrin Metallic, Jet Black, Mineral White Metallic, Alpine White, Arctic Gray Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic, Phytonic Blue Metallic, Pyrite Brown Metallic, Ruby Black Metallic, Sunstone Metallic, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, and Terra Brown Metallic.


As you compare BMW X5 and Audi Q7 models, you will see that this model also has two engine options. Choose from a 335-horsepower inline-six or the 456-horsepower V8. You can also expect 20/26 mpg on the base model. Still, this SUV tows less than the Q7 with a max tow rating of just 7,200 pounds. The fuel economy and horsepower are comparable unless you opt for the V8 where you gain power and lose fuel efficiency.


Interior view of a 2019 BMW X5

Safety is another concern when deciding between a Q7 and an X5. The NHTSA awarded the BMW SUV with a 4/5-star rating, but the IIHS hasn't evaluated the model yet. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning plus rear cross traffic alert.

We've Chosen the Winner

Can you see who the apparent winner is between the 2019 Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5? In this battle of the luxury SUVs, it's clear to see that Audi comes out on top. Not only is the price lower, but it can tow more, provides more passenger room as a standard feature, great MPG numbers across all engines and has been fully evaluated for safety. There's no question in our mind which SUV deserves to be in your garage tonight, but first we encourage you to test drive the Audi Q7 for yourself. Stop by Audi Colorado Springs to step into a new Audi Q7 plus check out all of the newest lease deals on our 2019 Audi models we have going on right now.

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