Compact Capability in CA? The 2019 BMW X3 and the 2018 Audi Q5 are Both Top Options

Pleasanton drivers need a crossover that's versatile, active, and fun--and, sized for the busy California lifestyle. The compact luxury SUV delivers on fashion and function alike, with premium features, savvy new tech, and driver-centric interiors. Two of the most popular options now in the East Bay area are the 2018 Audi Q5 and the redesigned 2019 BMW X3.

Audi and BMW are both big names in the luxury performance-car world, and when it comes to crossovers, you won't find much better than these. But, the BMW X3 gives you more available features and package options, more powertrain options, and more advanced technology. See why BMW's compact luxury SUV is the better choice for you.


2019 BMW X3 vs 2018 Audi Q5

  • Standard power for the 2019 Audi Q5 comes from a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-liter engine
  • Standard power for the 2019 BMW X3 comes from a similarly sized 2.0-liter turbo, and delivers slightly less horsepower than Audi's engine
  • Where the Q5 offers just one engine across the lineup, the 2019 BMW X3 boasts a thrilling 355-horsepower six-cylinder turbo option
  • The 2019 BMW X3 offers a more-efficient, sporty sDrive rear-wheel-drive system standard--but you can upgrade to BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system on both trims

  • quattro all-wheel drive comes standard on every Audi Q5 model--you don't get the option of front-wheel or rear-wheel drive to optimize for performance and fuel economy
  • You'll find heated seats and leather upholstery on the 2018 Audi Q5--but those same features are offered on the 2019 BMW X3, with a more athletic look and feel
  • Audi's MMI infotainment system isn't as intuitive or as easy to use as BMW's standard iDrive infotainment touchscreen system
  • Both SUVs are covered by their brand's 4-year/50,000-mile standard warranty, so you can be confident with your lease or purchase
  • The 2018 Audi Q5 starts at $41,500
  • The 2019 BMW X3 starts at $41,000