Whether you're heading over to Savannah's Forsyth Park or to one of the many great restaurants around Pooler and Richmond Hill, GA, you'll surely want to arrive in style.

As luxury SUVs, both the 2021 BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 are known for their sleek style, but which goes the extra mile in terms of performance and technology? Check out this comparison from the Critz BMW team to find out!


Performance That Thrills: X5 vs Q5

More than just a single letter separates the X5 and Q5. When it comes to performance, hundreds of horsepower stand between them, as well.

For the 2021 BMW X5, heart-stopping engine power isn't just an aspiration-it's more like a birthright, and one that this Sports Activity Vehicle® (SAV) fully lives up to.

In its highest-powered outfit, the M50i trim level, the X5 charges forward with a TwinPower turbo V8 engine. At its peak, it produces 523 horsepower for a truly electrifying response.

The Audi Q5 takes a more conservative approach to performance. It forgoes any dedicated sport trim levels, providing the most power in its 55 TFSI® e configuration. Here, it maxes out at 362 horsepower, placing far behind its competitor.


All-Electric for Miles and Miles

Power isn't the only aspect of performance that matters. Efficiency is a must, too, especially when you're on the road a lot.

The 55 TFSI® e engine found in the Q5 is a plug-in hybrid option available for drivers who are interested in reducing fuel consumption and their overall carbon footprint. With this model, you can drive for 19 miles on the electric charge only.

The BMW X5 offers a plug-in hybrid trim level, as well, and you might find that it's more of a long-distance electric driver than the Audi option. In the xDrive45e, you can drive for a whopping 30 miles on all-electric power. Clearly, it's the greener and more efficient choice between the two.


Intelligent Infotainment Systems

At the heart of each of these SUVs is an infotainment system that reigns supreme in the cockpit. In the BMW X5, we have the iDrive 7.0 operating system, and in the Q5, the MMI® touch display.

The goal of each system is to keep you connected to the world around you while you drive. Need directions to that new restaurant you've been dying to try out? Curious where the nearest gas station is? These infotainment systems can tell you where to go, all while streaming your favorite media.

The BMW system places more focus on artificial intelligence, however, with its standard Intelligent Personal Assistant. Advanced voice/language recognition means you can pose such questions verbally, and the system will provide answers. Over time, it will learn the way you speak!


The BMW X5 Outpaces the Audi Q5 with Ease

The verdict is in: The BMW X5 takes the gold for outstanding luxury performance and smart technology, while the Audi Q5 rolls home with the less esteemed silver.

At Critz BMW, we believe that Savannah, Pooler, and Richmond Hill, Georgia, drivers deserve only the best of the best. That's why we invite you to our dealership to see the X5 in person.

Get in touch with our team to schedule your test drive today!

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