Big 4x4s don’t come much bigger – or better – than the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. If you’re looking for a premium SUV with space for seven, which is best?
Even the least powerful X5 engine packs some serious muscle. The xDrive 30d has 245bhp and 398lb ft of torque. Compare that with 201bhp and 332lb ft of torque for the starting model in the Q7 range. That translates to a 1.5-second difference in 0-62mph times.
If performance matters above all else, Audi buyers can choose the 4.2-litre TDI, with 335bhp. However, that’s put in the shade by the mighty xDrive M50d’s 381bhp. With a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds, the X5 is a full second quicker than the Q7.
Such performance is combined with remarkable economy. The xDrive M50d achieves 37.7mpg on the combined cycle. The Q7 4.2 rreturns 30.7mpg.
The M50d also emits less CO2 – just 199g/km, compared with 242g/km for the Audi.
Most 4×4 buyers choose diesel power, but if you want a petrol SUV your local Audi dealer won’t be able to help. At Elms BMW, we can offer the xDrive 50i or the X5M, with an astonishing 555bhp.
It’s not just about the raw figures, however impressive they might be. We think the X5 is simply a better car to drive than the Q7.
We’re not the only ones. Whatcar.com gives the X5 a four-star verdict, saying: “Few big 4x4s drive as well as the BMW X5. It’s more agile than such a big 4×4 has any right to be, with strong performance and good economy.”
The same website gives the Audi Q7 a three-star review, concluding: “The Audi Q7 is very impressive in some areas, but equally disappointing in others. If you can afford to buy and run one, then it’s an appealing choice, but there are better rivals.”
Autocar.co.uk also gives the Audi Q7 a three-star score, describing it as “an easy car to respect, […] a difficult car to like”. The BMW X5 beats the Audi with a four-star rating. Autocar.co.uk concludes that “no rival is quite able to combine the blend of abilities that best suit how these cars are used like the X5 does.”
You don’t need to take our word for it, or listen to the motoring press. You can find out about the X5 for yourself at your local Elms BMW dealership. Or take a look at our stock of BMW Approved Used X5 models here.