When searching for a luxury SUV, you need something flexible that understands your needs. With a healthy mix of eye-catching design, premium performance, and countless technology features, two vehicles you'll want on your wish list are the 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 BMW X5.

While they're both stylish, dependable, and full of great features, one may be a better fit for your commutes around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, than the other.

We at Audi Peabody are here to help you make the decision thanks to our Audi Q5 vs. BMW X5 comparison. Discover the similarities and differences between these German-engineered SUVs to see which is right for you. Let's get started!

Q5 vs X5: Dimensions

It's no surprise that driving a luxury SUV offers extra room for passengers and cargo needs, which makes them a great vehicle for growing families and singles in need of extra space. While having ample interior room is important, having a compact exterior that makes parking and changing lanes easy is equally as important.

Which SUV offers you the space you need? Let's find out!


Audi Q5



184.3 inches/74.5 inches/65.3 inches

194.3 inches/78.9 inches/68.7 inches

Headroom (front/rear)

39.6 inches/39.3 inches

40.7 inches/39.4 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.9 inches/38.0 inches

39.8 inches/37.4 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

57.7 inches/56.5 inches

60.0 inches/58.1 inches

While the Audi Q5 and BMW X5 offer similar dimensions, you're more likely to have an easier time fitting into compact parking spots when you drive the Audi Q5 thanks to its smaller size without losing passenger space.

Q5 vs X5: Interior Design & Amenities

The 2021 Audi Q5 and 2021 BMW X5 each have impressive cabins that make use of high-quality materials. Thanks to this, you're sure to feel comfortable and relaxed on even the longest commutes.

Inside the BMW X5, you'll find standard SensaTec upholstery and wood trim. Those looking for premium upholstery can upgrade to Vernasca leather by selecting a higher trim level.

Some may find the Audi Q5 to be more upscale thanks to its standard leather upholstery and accent features.

Audi Q5 Interior Options

Upholstery Colors

Accent Trims

  • Atlas Beige with Granite Gray stitching
  • Black with Rock Gray stitching
  • Okapi Brown with Granite Gray stitching
  • Rock Gray with Granite Gray stitching
  • Brown Walnut wood
  • Birch Wood Natural Gray


Not only does the Q5 come standard with leather upholstery, but this model also includes a large infotainment display as the focal point of an expansive wraparound dash. Meanwhile, an available Ambient LED Lighting package can make the interior glow in Maritime Blue or Impulse Red.

While the BMW X5 comes standard with a multi-color, adjustable ambient lighting suite, the standard selection of leather-trimmed upholstery colors and high-quality accent trim forced us to grant a win to the Q5 in this category, too.

Audi Q5 vs BMW X5: Technologies

If you love technology, you'll greatly appreciate the features found inside the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5. For instance, they both come standard with connectivity features that make pairing your smartphone easier than ever thanks to standard amenities, like:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®

Want to discover your new favorite song? Both models also offer SiriusXM® with 360L, which provides access to more than 150 channels of news, sports, and commercial-free music to help keep you entertained on your daily commutes and travel adventures.

While several features are found on both models, the 2021 Audi Q5 offers some additional features that help elevate your travels. For starters, only in the Q5 will you have access to the optional Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound. This premium sound system includes 19 strategically placed speakers to provide you with the most immersive audio experience possible.

For a premium sensory experience, these speakers can be outfitted with LED accent lighting.

The sound system of the BMW X5 can be upgraded to the optional Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audi System, but with just 16 speakers and no accent LED lighting, you won't have quite as thrilling of a sound experience as you would in the Audi Q5.

Audi Q5 vs BMW X5: Advanced Safety Features

Non-stop entertainment features aren't all the 2021 BMW X5 and Audi Q5 offer. These models also offer a variety of standard and optional safety features to help keep you and your passengers as safe as possible.

Cameras and sensors are mounted around the exterior of your SUV to constantly monitor your surroundings. When a potential hazard is detected, you'll receive an alert, like with the forward-collision monitor found standard on both models. This way, you can make any necessary adjustments to avoid or mitigate a collision.

In the chance you can't react in time, some features may provide automatic intervention in an attempt to avoid a collision.

On top of the forward-collision monitor, these safety features are found on both the Q5 and X5:

  • Lane monitoring
  • Rear view camera
  • Parking system
  • Blind spot monitoring

In the event a collision is unavoidable, both the Q5 and X5 come equipped with additional safety features that work to reduce the severity of injury by automatically closing windows and pretensioning safety belts.

Thanks to these safety features, you can't go wrong choosing either the Audi Q5 or BMW X5 based on safety.

Q5 vs X5: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, the 2021 X5 and the 2021 Q5 deliver. Their engines provide lively acceleration, the transmissions shift quickly, and each vehicle offers a smooth, comfortable ride overall.





2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

3.0L BWM TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder





273 lb-ft

331 lb-ft

Acceleration (0 to 60 MPH)

5.7 seconds

5.3 seconds

If you're looking for an SUV with spirited engine specs, the BMW X5 may be the better option. However, if you're looking for a vehicle that'll go the extra mile, the Q5 may be the better option thanks to its more fuel-efficient options.

The BMW X5 gets an EPA-estimated 21 city and 26 highway MPG. The Audi Q5, on the other hand, gets an enhanced EPA-estimated 23 city and 28 highway MPG, making it possible to cover more distances than with the X5.1

Audi Q5 vs BMW X5: Which Luxury SUV Is Right for You?

This may have been a close comparison since both luxury SUVs are impressive. However, it's the 2021 Audi Q5 that comes out on top due to its better fuel efficiency and more standard features. If you want to experience this vehicle for yourself near Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly, Massachusetts, don't wait. Schedule a test drive at Audi Peabody today!

1 EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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