The 2018 Audi Q5 and 2018 BMW X3 Are Two Top Choices for Small SUVs in Chapel Hill

Compact luxury SUVs are a top choice of a variety of drivers in Chapel Hill-from seasoned parents and young families, to collectors and artists. The perfect balance of space and size, performance and practicality, makes this style idea for all sorts of lifestyles and needs. Two of the top options in our area are the new BMW X3, a longtime competitor, and the Audi Q5, which just recently got its first major update in the last decade.

And while both are premium options among luxury crossovers in North Carolina, only one will truly be able to check all the boxes on your list.


Audi Q5

Compare the 2018 Audi Q5 in Chapel Hill vs 2018 BMW X3 here:

Performance & Engine Options

  • Both models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Audi has slightly more standard horsepower (@ 252 HP)
  • BMW has more available horsepower, and more engine options-up to 355 HP from an optional 3.0-liter M Performance turbocharged six-cylinder engine
  • BMW X3 comes equipped with standard xDrive All-Wheel Drive; the Audi Q5, with standard quattro all-wheel drive

Audi vehicles are engineered to be surprisingly capable for their level of luxury, and the quattro system is well-known for its ability to handle well in bad weather. But the Audi Q5 maxes out at one power level, and is not optimized for sporty driving. The BMW X3 has been designed to support, engage, and thrill its driver over every mile. A range of turbocharged engine options lets you choose the X3 option that works best for you, while the xDrive AWD system effortlessly maintains its grip on the road in wet and dry conditions on pavement, gravel, sand, and snow.

Style & Tech

  • Both SUVs are well-equipped with options like leather seats, premium audio, touchscreen infotainment and connectivity, and heated seats-as you might expect from any luxury crossover
  • The BMW X3 offers more package options and accessory bundles than the Q5, giving you more choice in customization
  • BMW offers iDrive infotainment, which is incredibly user-friendly and easy to use; Audi offers MMI infotainment
  • BMW and Audi have identical warranties, and starting prices for the X3 and the Q5 are neck-and-neck-so, either way, you're covered

When it comes to luxury vehicles, it can be difficult to decide simply based on features-because what premium SUV worth its salt doesn't give you a touchscreen, and heated seats, and upgraded audio system options? But for Audi vs BMW, the details are what make the difference. BMW's interiors are more driver-centric, geared toward what you need and when, than Audi's. And, with the massive variety of BMW package options offered on the new 2018 X3, there are a lot more ways to outfit this compact SUV than there are on the Audi Q5.

Test-Drive an Audi Q5 in Chapel Hill, Then Come to See the New BMW X3

We're confident that it'll take no more than a 15-minute drive in the new 2018 BMW X3 to see why it's a better choice for you in Chapel Hill than the new 2018 Audi Q5. The BWM offers a better range of features, a larger variety of power and engine choices, smoother and more enjoyable performance, and a smarter all-wheel-drive system. Audi may have redesigned its new Q5 SUV, but it's still trailing behind the impressive and well-equipped new BMW X3.