BMW X3 xDrive35d vs Audi SQ5 TDI by AutoMotorUndSport

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The new rival for BMW's X3 comes from Ingolstadt, more precisely, Audi. They recently released the SQ5 and things seem to heat up in the SUV department of German premium cars. Auto Motor und Sport decided to forget what others are saying and find out for themselves which car is better.
The SUVs they tested were almost identical performance-wise. Both had 3 liter diesels (the Audi pistons moving in a V-shape manner and the BMW sticking to its classic in-line displacement), both of them had 313 HP and automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive systems.

The first thing you notice when comparing the two is that the Audi has some trouble adjusting to harsh conditions without the adaptive suspension option. In the same context, the Bimmer gets away with less back pain. However, both cars benefit substantially from adaptive suspension features, but Audi seems to be changed more.

Comparing the prices, the SQ5 loses again. Overall the BMW is cheaper, even with the full set of options you need to make it, somewhat whole (systems like the adaptive damper system and sport seats that will completely change your car).

The performance levels are incredible for both cars, Audi reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds while the BMW did it in 5.8 seconds. It may seem like a big difference but remember, those numbers used to be achieved by supercars (like the Testarossa), a couple of years ago.

The Bimmer is more economical at this level of performance. The fuel consumption figures the guys from AMS got after the test drives were 9.8 l/100 (24 mpg) for the X3 and 10.2 l/100km (23 mpg) for the SQ5. It may not seem like much, but when you're paying around €60,000 ($76,931) for a car, you expect something in return.

Overall, the X3 wins it, but only by a slight margin. The decisive factors proved to be the comfort, fine manners of the drivetrain and lower consumption. Also, the X3 was the cheaper car of the comparison but again, by mere cents. The two cars are extremely close and each makes a strong case for itself.

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