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Compare the2023 BMW X3 MVS 2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback

2023 BMW X3 M
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback

Safety

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The BMW X3 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The SQ5 Sportback doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The X3 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The SQ5 Sportback doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X3 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The SQ5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X3 M and the SQ5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X3 M is safer than the Audi SQ5 Sportback:

X3 M

SQ5 Sportback

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

102

284

Neck Injury Risk

21%

22%

Neck Stress

202 lbs.

215 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

176

187

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 M is safer than the Audi SQ5 Sportback:

X3 M

SQ5 Sportback

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.6 inches

Hip Force

275 lbs.

279 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

133

185

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

794 lbs.

817 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the SQ5 Sportback.

There are over 15 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X3 M’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in initial quality. With 74 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is rated below average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Audi is rated below average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 2 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Engine

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The X3 M’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder produces 124 more horsepower (473 vs. 349) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (457 vs. 369) than the SQ5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6. The X3 M Competition’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder produces 154 more horsepower (503 vs. 349) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 369) than the SQ5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the SQ5 Sportback:

X3 M

SQ5 Sportback

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the X3 M has larger rear tires than the SQ5 Sportback (265/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3 M’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the SQ5 Sportback (112.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The X3 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the SQ5 Sportback’s (54.3% to 45.7%). This gives the X3 M more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

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The X3 M has .5 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear headroom than the SQ5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

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The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the SQ5 Sportback with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 24.7 cubic feet). The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the SQ5 Sportback with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 51.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 1% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The X3 M offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The SQ5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X3 M has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The SQ5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X3 M also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The SQ5 Sportback Prestige’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Recommendations

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The BMW X3 outsold the Audi SQ5 Sportback by 9% during the 2021 model year.

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