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2023 Audi Q5 vs 2023 BMW X3: differences, specs, etc.

2023 Audi Q5 vs 2023 BMW X3: differences, specs, etc.

Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 at BMW West Island.

You already have your heart set on a German quality luxury compact SUV, but are unsure which to choose between the 2023 Audi Q5 vs 2023 BMW X3? Find out more about the BMW Canada vehicle and its rival in this powerful duel brought to you by your dealership in the West Island, Montreal, close to Laval.

2023 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3: Technical Specifications

Different available trims

Both compact luxury SUVs come in three trim options:

BMW X3 Audi Q5
xDrive30i Komfort
xDrive30e Progressiv
M40i Technik

Powertrain and Power

When it comes to power, here are how the 2023 Audi Q5 vs 2023 BMW X3 powertrains compare:

  BMW X3 Audi Q5
Standard offered engine 2.0 L 4- cyl. turbo 2.0 L, 4- cyl. Turbocharged/mild-hybrid
Power/Torque 248 HP/258 lb-ft. 201 HP/236 lb-ft. (40) 261 HP/273 lb-ft. (45)
Hybrid Powertrain 2.0 L 4- cyl. turbo + electric 2.0 L 4- cyl. turbo + electric
Power/Torque 288 HP/310 lb-ft. 362 HP/369 lb-ft.
Optional Powertrain 3.0 L 6- cyl. turbo 3.0 L turbo V6
Power/Torque 382 HP/369 lb-ft. 349 HP/369 lb-ft.

Aside from the hybrid powertrain, the BMW are globally more powerful; moreover, an M Competition version with 503 horsepower is also available! If you are interested in BMW hybrids, find out more about how hybrid vehicles work.

Front 3/4 view of the BMW X3 M driving on a road.


Towing Capacity and Cargo Space

The BMW SUV is both more muscular and more spacious than its rival. Towing capacity for the 2023 BMW X3 reaches 4,400 lbs, and cargo space ranges between 813 and 1,775 liters.

When it comes to the towing capacity for the 2023 Audi Q5, it also reaches 4,400 pounds with the 45 TFSI powertrain or the SQ5, but it comes down to 2,750 pounds with the standard offered engine and 2,000 pounds with the hybrid SUV. As for cargo space, it ranges between 725 and 1,515 liters.


With both models, dimensions vary slightly from one trim level to another, however, the BMW remains larger in general. Here are the dimensions for the basic Q5 and X3 trims.

  Audi Q5 BMW X3
Length 4,682 mm 4,708 mm
Width 1,898 mm 1,891 mm
Height 1,662 mm 1,676 mm
Wheelbase 2,819 mm 2,864 mm
Side view of BMW X3 M parked on a beach by the sea.

Audi and BMW Technologies on Board

Added Technologies

While the Audi vehicle offers a 10.1- inch central screen, the BMW provides you with two options: a 10.25- inch screen, or the professional cockpit with two 12.3- inch screens.

Moreover, the integrated navigation system is standard offered with the X3, but optional with the Q5. As for the rest, they both offer standard features such as:

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Alexa voice assistant
  • And much more.

Safety Features and Driver Assist Technologies

Both SUVs offer loads of standard offered Driver Assist Technologies, including:

  • Front and Rear Collision Prevention
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Park Assist

Other than the technologies, we quickly notice that BMW receives much better reviews when it comes to safety. For example, the Car Guide gives the X3 a score of 9/10 and the Q5 7/10.

Front interior of the BMW X3 M including all its technologies.

2023 Q5 vs X3: Esthetic Differences

Do you fall head over heels for the sporty and athletic lines offered by the X3 or have a preference for the Q5 and a more classic design? In any case, the BMW can be customized in so many more ways than the Audi, including with 11 body colors and 9 rim styles ranging from 19- to 21- inches! The Audi comes with 18- inch wheels and offers the choice between 8 body colors.

Inside, both offer comfortable leather upholstered seats in several different color options. While the Audi boasts aluminum trims, the BMW takes this a step further, with optional genuine wood or carbon fiber trims.

Given that the X3 is a bit longer, it also offers more legroom at the back.

Rear bench seat with leather upholstery from the BMW X3 M.

2023 Q5 vs X3: Prices

Since the BMW X3 offers more than the Audi, prices are slightly higher: from $ 58,352 to $ 73,652. With Audi, the price range goes from $ 48,400 to $ 61,400 or $ 76,100 for the hybrid SUV; as for the BMW hybrid, it is more affordable.

Do not hesitate to place a BMW financing request so that you can build the vehicle of your dreams!


The BMW X3 is generally more performant and –mostly- provides you with more standard offered features and capacities. The Audi Q5 might be smaller and more affordable, but it is also less safe.

Are you leaning towards the sporty BMW? Buy your own in the West Island of Montreal, close to Laval: your BMW dealership is waiting for you with advantageous special offers!

2023 Audi Q5 vs BMW X3: At a glance

Here are how the 2023 Audi Q5 vs 2023 BMW X3 compare, at a glance:

  BMW X3 Audi Q5
Trims and Prices xDrive30i: $ 58,352
xDrive30e: $ 68,142
M40i: $ 73,652
Komfort: $ 48,400 – $ 51,100 (45 TFSI)
Progressiv: $ 57,000
Technik: $ 61,400 - $ 76,100 (hybrid)
Powertrains and Power 2.0 L 4- cyl. turbo
248 HP/258 lb-ft.
4- cyl. + electric
288 HP/310 lb-ft.
3.0 L 6- cyl. turbo
382 HP/369 lb-ft.
2.0 L 4- cyl. turbo
201 HP/236 lb-ft.
261 HP/271 lb-ft. (45)
4- cyl. + electric
362 HP/369 lb-ft.
3.0 L turbo V6
349 HP/369 lb-ft.
Towing Capacity 4,400 lbs 2,750 lbs (40 TFSI)
4,400 lbs
2,000 lbs (hybrid)
Cargo Space 813 to 1,775 L
770 to 1,682 L (hybrid)
725 to 1,515 L
699 to 1,469 L (Sportback)
Rear 3/4 view of the BMW X3 M driving on a road.

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