Luxury SUVs offer motorists near Savannah, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island the very highest standards of comfort. From upscale materials to powerful engines, you know you'll be getting the real cream of the automotive crop.

We've brought this 2018 Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3 face-off to fruition to give you a closer look at two popular options in the luxury compact SUV segment. After reading our car comparison, you'll have a clearer idea which crossover is ideal for you. If you want to learn more, just contact us at Audi Hilton Head!

Q5 vs X3: Cabin Comforts

This year, the Q5 and X3 were fully redesigned, and it shows in their cabins. The BMW X3 is available with high-grade Vernasca leather in a range of regal shades, from Black to Cognac and Canberra Beige. Also, the Audi Q5 offers fine-grain leather seating in colors ranging from Atlas Beige to Black and Nougat Brown.

While leather comes standard in the Audi SUV, it's only available as an option in the BMW crossover, which features SensaTec leatherette in lower-level trims. You'll get more luxury materials in the Audi Q5 at the base level-plus some unique available treats, including suede-like Alcantara® inserts for more grip and breathability.

Impressive Performance Specs

The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 look similar under the hood in many ways. In their base trims, they both run on 2.0L 4-cylinder engines and deliver plenty of muscle for your daily drive-roughly 250 horsepower, in fact.

If you need a more thrilling ride, both crossovers also offer available 3.0L V6 engines that generates over 354 horsepower-that's more than enough power for any driving situation you find yourself in.

Both models use standard all-wheel drive (AWD), too; however, only the Audi quattro® AWD system is perfectly balanced between the front and rear axle, with a 50/50 split in normal driving conditions. The BMW xDrive system favors power delivery to the rear wheels, with a 40/60 split, potentially reducing grip on those wet coastal roads.  

Advanced Technology Features

The 2018 Q5 and X3 use the Audi MMI® and BMW iDrive infotainment systems, respectively, and each is highly capable and easy to use. In top trims, they use innovative features, such as handwriting recognition and gesture controls to give you even more ways to input information.

However, for smartphone integration, you'll have more options in the Audi Q5. Standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ let you pair your smartphone with the multimedia system and send texts, make calls, manage music, and more. The BMW X3 only offers Apple CarPlay™, meaning Android users will be out of luck.

With the large infotainment screens in both rides, you can make sense of available navigation maps and directions without issue. Also, the optional 12.3-inch digital instrument panels put even more customizable information where it's convenient to you.

Audi Q5 vs BMW X3: Which Will You Choose?

We hope you learned a lot from our Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3 car comparison. At Audi Hilton Head, our team wants shoppers across Savannah, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island to find a luxury crossover that'll turn heads on all their coastal drives.

Each luxury compact SUV has qualities that stand out, and these two cars are extraordinarily alike in many ways. However, if you want a premium interior, versatile infotainment, and balanced all-wheel drive, the Audi Q5 may stand out for all the right reasons. Schedule a test drive and see what you think!c

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