2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 Premium

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9.7

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$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Quite expensive
$43,375
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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More airbags
6
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Has a subwoofer
2012 BMW X5 Premium

9.4

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BMW X5 Premium

starting from

$55,675
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 Premium

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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Q5 Premium Plus's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X5 Premium; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
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  • The best price we've seen is $12,300 cheaper (more than 20% less), $43,375 vs $55,675
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
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  • The X5 Premium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
  • The X5 Premium's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The X5 Premium has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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  • The X5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Q5 Premium Plus is pretty good, too
  • The Q5 Premium Plus has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the X5 Premium is not bad, either
  • The X5 Premium has lightning fast acceleration, and the Q5 Premium Plus isn't bad, either
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Q5 Premium Plus's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X5 Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Q5 Premium Plus has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the X5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the Q5 Premium Plus

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X5 Premium; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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MSRP $43,375 vs $55,675 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Q5 Premium Plus has OK city mileage, while the X5 Premium is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of airbags, but the X5 Premium is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Performance

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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The X5 Premium is fairly powerful, but the Q5 Premium Plus is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the X5 Premium in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The X5 Premium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The X5 Premium's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp The Q5 Premium Plus is a sporty car, while the X5 Premium is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 42.0 ft The Q5 Premium Plus is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 Premium is quite bad

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 7 The X5 Premium has lots of passenger seats and the Q5 Premium Plus is OK, too
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1290 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 Premium does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 Premium has lightning fast acceleration, and the Q5 Premium Plus isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 130 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 93 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph The X5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Q5 Premium Plus is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs 0.81 g The Q5 Premium Plus has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the X5 Premium is not bad, either
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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