The roads of Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island are calling, but which midsize luxury SUV will you choose to answer that call? In this Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5 car comparison, we'll show you what two popular vehicles in the segment can offer local drivers like you.

As you read, you'll be able to see these vehicles' most important features side-by-side. While you compare cars, if you want to learn more, feel free to reach out to us at Audi Hilton Head. We'll be happy to answer all your questions!

Q7 vs X5: Performance Specs

In the base 2018 Audi Q7 and X5, you'll find two rides tuned to deliver excellent handling and ride quality. The X5 offers responsive steering and a nimble, smooth ride-one that manages to control body roll well. The Q7 handles more like a sports car than an SUV-a result of its well-tuned Drive Select system.

Both SUVs offer intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) systems that can give you superior traction on wet roads. In the Q7, it's Audi quattro® AWD, while in the X5, you'll find a similar system called BMW xDrive. While the Audi system comes standard on all Q7 trims, you'll have to upgrade past the base X5 trim to experience the BMW system.

Interior Features

The Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are both midsize SUVs, but they offer different seating configurations. While a 3-row, 7-seat configuration is standard in the Q7, the X5 seats just five riders across two rows. It does offer an optional third row in select trims, but it's nice to have the extra seating standard in the Q7.

The Q7 also comes standard with deluxe leather seating in your choice of colors like Nougat Brown, Rock Gray, and Pistachio Beige. While the X5 also offers leather upholstery, you'll have to upgrade beyond the standard SensaTec imitation leather to get the full experience.

Connectivity Technology

When it comes to technology, you'll find a lot of standard features in the 2018 Q7 and X5. Need to entertain the kids on those long rides? Both vehicles offer available rear-seat entertainment systems, with dual screens and headphones, so backseat riders can watch their favorite movies uninterrupted.

The Audi car's MMI® infotainment system features a standard 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, so you can pair your phone with the screen and use key music, maps, and messaging apps without looking at your phone.

The X5 offers Apple CarPlay™, but not standard-you'll need to upgrade to get it. Also, Android Auto™ is not available on the X5, so users with Android devices will be out of luck when it comes to intuitive phone connectivity.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5: Choose Your Midsize Luxury SUV

With two very similar, German-engineered midsize luxury SUVs at your fingertips, which will you choose? Now that you've read our Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5 car comparison, you can see how a matchup between the two vehicles plays out.

They're both high-quality SUVs. However, if you want more standard features, luxury materials, and seat space, as well as standard AWD, the 2018 Audi Q7 may stand out from the competition. If you live near Bluffton, Hardeeville, or Hilton Head Island, schedule a test drive at Audi Hilton Head to find out!

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