The BMW X5 and Audi Q7 have long been head to head when it comes to which offers the most of what local drivers need. With so much power available in both of these vehicles, it can be exciting to decide which option is going to deliver the driving dynamics you crave.

To find out how these brands come through with performance, efficiency, comfort, technology, and more, Century BMW decided to compare the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7 for Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL, drivers!

BMW X5 vs Audi Q7: Performance Engine Options

The BMW X5 and Audi Q7 are all about performance. You can tell that just from looking at their standard and available engines. Get a glimpse of what they offer in the table below:



Audi Q7

Standard Engine

3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo V6

2.0L turbocharged I-4

Standard Horsepower

335 horsepower

248 horsepower

Available Engine

4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8

3.0L turbocharged V6

Available Horsepower

523 horsepower

335 horsepower

Both luxury SUVs feature a 3.0L V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower. The main difference here is that the BMW makes it standard while the Audi requires an upgrade before you can get this kind of power. In fact, the Audi Q7 comes standard with a 2.0L I-4 engine that doesn't quite keep up with its 248 horsepower.

To get a taste of serious power, though, you'll want the BMW X5 by your side with its available 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. With up to 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, this engine roars to life, delivering some exceptional performance. Best of all, you can go from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4.1 seconds.

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BMW X5 vs Audi Q7: Fuel-Saving Design

Drivers like you want to be smart with the way their car uses fuel. So, to cut down on how often you'll need to stop to fill up, both the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 are designed with standard 8-speed automatic transmissions. You'll really make the most of your powertrain with so many gears at your disposal. With evenly distributed power, your luxury SUV will only use as much fuel as you need to on the appropriate gear.

When it comes to your actual fuel efficiency, you may be able to go a bit farther between stops if you're driving the BMW. This is because, when equipped with the 3.0L V6 engine and available all-wheel drive (AWD), the BMW X5 can get an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 21 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

With the same engine, the Audi Q7 gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of just 19 MPG city and 23 MPG highway.

While the Audi comes standard with AWD, the BMW actually comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) which can be a real benefit to anyone who wants to improve their fuel economy even more. With the standard 3.0L V6 engine and FWD, the BMW X5 boosts its EPA-estimated fuel economy to 21 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

If you want to improve your fuel economy even more, consider the BMW X5 hybrid!

Comfortable and Versatile Interior Features

Comfort is of vital importance when you hit the road for a long drive or daily commute. So, it's good to know that both the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 come with features that make you feel right at home, including:

  • Available heated seats
  • Available ventilated seats
  • Panoramic sunroof

They also each have available leather-appointed seats and an available leather-wrapped steering wheel that gives you that executive suite feel while you drive.

Before you strap in, get yourself settled into the driver's seat and adjust it to your liking. The Audi Q7 offers 8-way power front seats that allow you to easily find just the right angle for your back, while also providing a comfortable distance between your legs and the pedals.

For even more customization, we recommend the BMW X5. That's because this SUV offers available 20-Way power Multi-Contour front seats. This includes standard 16-way power seat functions and 4-way lumbar support, plus power adjustment functions for shoulder support and thigh support and 2-way manual lateral adjustments for the headrest.

Speaking of seating, both SUVs can accommodate up to seven passengers. The Audi Q7 comes standard with 3-row seating. The BMW X5 gives you a bit more versatility here by letting you choose between a 2-row configuration that seats five passengers, and a 3-row configuration that seats seven passengers.

BMW vs Audi Technology Features

Every modern driver wants a high-tech SUV, and that's exactly what you get with the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Both offer available and standard driver-assistive systems that act as an extra set of eyes when you're out on the road, like:

  • Rearview camera
  • Smart cruise control
  • Lane departure warnings

They also both have infotainment systems designed to keep you entertained and connected all along the way. The BMW X5 and Audi Q7 each feature Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity that allows you to safely access some of your favorite entertainment and connectivity features on the go.

You can use smartphone features like phone calls, internet radio streaming, audiobooks, podcasts, and more through your luxury SUV's touchscreen display in the center stack. The BMW X5 has a 12.3-inch display while the 10.1-inch screen in the Audi Q7 is slightly smaller.

They also both come standard with Bluetooth® wireless connectivity. Use this feature to wirelessly stream music from your phone through your SUV's speakers to take hands-free phone calls while you drive.

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Should I Buy a BMW X5 or Audi Q7?

Whether you should buy a BMW X5 or Audi Q7 is completely up to your needs, lifestyle, and preferences. However, many drivers like you around Florence, Cullman, and Huntsville, AL, like the BMW for its powerful engine specs, high-tech features, and cabin comforts.

If you want to see this luxury SUV for yourself, the team at Century BMW can help you make it happen. Simply contact our dealership and we'll put you behind the wheel to take the BMW X5 out for a spin.

Contact us to schedule your test drive today!

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