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BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 2023

1. Performance

The most important factor in a sports car is obviously the performance. There are a couple of specific areas: the acceleration, the handling, and the fuel efficiency. In this specific area, on paper, the X3 wins. It goes from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. The Q5, on the other hand, takes 7.0 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. The driving performance is not anything significant, but the fuel consumption is. The X3 consumes around 17.9 mpg with a 16.6 gallon tank. The Q5, on the other hand, has a large improvement over the previous model and consumes around 23 mpg with a 19.8 gallon tank. Both cars utilize regular gasoline. I don't think it's fair to say that the X3 wins the fuel efficiency because it has a much smaller tank and burns fuel at a faster rate compared to the Q5. However, if you are looking for a performance-oriented Q5, the SQ5 is available, which can do 0-60 in around 5.0 seconds. If you compare the fuel efficiency, the SQ5 and X3 are approximately the same, thus being the same compromise between driving performance and fuel efficiency with the X3 and 2.0 TFSI Q5. In truth, without driving, it's hard to say how great the difference is between the two cars, but it is positive to see that the acceleration of both cars has seen improvement in comparison to previous models. The choice between the two cars will depend on what you consider to be good performance and how the fuel efficiency may affect your pocket.

1.1. Acceleration

The acceleration of a vehicle measures the number of seconds it takes for a vehicle to reach 60 miles per hour from a complete standstill. It's something that's quite important to the SUV owner, as merging and passing power are crucial for their vehicle satisfaction. The Audi Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission, which enables it from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. If you're in more of a rush, the X3 starts with a 3.0si six-cylinder version and will rocket to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. However, the acceleration king of this rivalry is the X3's 3.0i with the optional sports package. This particular X3 will jump to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, largely thanks to its aggressive transmission logic and manual shift mode. This kind of acceleration is nearly unmatched in this class, especially in a Utility that isn't considered a "sports" model. With the same engine and the optional weather handling AWD, the X3 will easily out accelerate the Audi 3.0. It is truly in a class of its own, an acceleration we can only describe as "fun".

1.2. Handling

The Q5 is said to have good handling when considering the weight of the vehicle. This is said to be due to a new five-link front suspension setup on the front wheels. The rear suspension has also been updated, and the damping control is adjustable on the fly through Audi drive select. The 2013 Q5 will also get its own S Line package, which can be compared to the M Sport package BMW will offer for the X3. S Line Q5's will get 20-inch wheels, a more aerodynamic body, and have 30% stiffer suspension offering better handling. Despite this, consumers have noticed that the standard 2013 Q5 TDI, which is already quite heavy, has a noticeable decrease in performance when the S Line package is added. Audi claims to have made improvements yet still fall short compared to the BMW X3.

According to the Automobile magazine, the newest BMW X3 will also boast better handling compared to the predecessor. This is due to a 15% increase in rigidity compared to the previous X3, extra off-road capabilities, and adjustable dampers. BMW will also offer an M Sport package to add on extra performance-based features such as stiffer springs, larger wheels, and variable ratio steering that will cater to those who want an illogical fast compact SUV. The M Sport package will also include a sports automatic transmission and paddle shifters, which are most likely to outperform the Audi for handling.

1.3. Fuel Efficiency

Audi Q5 There is very little information regarding the fuel efficiency of the car. The 2023 Q5 will have very similar efficiency to the Q5 2.0 TDI it has to offer. The engine has very similar specifications to the X3 20d with the 2.0 four-cylinder diesel. The 2017 X3 and the Q5 diesel are using the same amount of fuel per km with 5.5 liters. Yet Audi is quoted for using 5.9 liters of diesel for 100 km. Going by the figures, the X3 is slightly more efficient for diesel engines. Yet it too has a predicted annual fuel cost of $1832 with the current model, a dirty word to any car owner trying to save money.

BMW X3 The 'TwinPower Turbo' 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine found in the X3 20d is quoted to use 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 km. For every 1000 km combined cycle, its predicted annual fuel cost is $1739. On paper, it's quite a fuel-efficient ride for an SUV, yet its substantial weight of 1870 kg can detract from this figure. One disadvantage of BMWs is that they have overly complicated engines with an unnecessary amount of components; this creates possible reliability issues and extra fuel consumption in the long run. The 2018 X3 won't be more fuel-efficient than the 2023 model, thus predicting the fuel efficiency of the redesign is quite easy due to much of the vehicle being similar. The four-cylinder 2018 X3 has figures that are quite similar to the 2023 X3. This is of concern as the current trend for car manufacturers is to decrease fuel consumption and move to cleaner energy alternatives. The redesigned X3 will be better in terms of efficiency only if BMW decides to release a hybrid or diesel-electric version. Stepping up from the 20d to the 30i, fuel efficiency decreases to 7.5 L/100 km, with a predicted annual fuel cost of $2330. A petrol engine in an SUV tends to be much quicker but less efficient than a diesel engine. High-end 6-cylinder petrol engines can use up to 12 L/100 km in city conditions.

- Performance, together with reliability, is a crucial consideration during our purchase decision. The reason being, a high-performance car, with the adrenaline rush that it can offer, complicates matters with fuel efficiency. A number of factors can affect the fuel consumption of the car. Tyres with lower rolling resistance and the use of synthetic oils can lead to improved fuel consumption; this is because the engine doesn't have to work as hard. Aerodynamics play an important role, as less drag will mean the engine has to produce less power to maintain a certain speed. Traffic conditions and driving habits can also significantly affect the fuel mixture burned in your engine. Although this is a comparison between both vehicles, fuel efficiency is a very contextual factor.

2. Design

The exterior looks are a matter of preference for each person. But what if someone cares more about what they feel inside the car? The interior of the car. Something that has a big contradiction is the interior styling for both cars. The person who likes BMW X3's exterior design is not always going to like the interior. Farley, 2021 stated that the X3 has a modern and comfortable interior, with higher trims offering a luxurious experience. And the most selling point of this car's interior is the M Sport seats. They are really comfortable, supportive, and look great. Not only that, the X3 dashboard looks classic. But this does not happen for everyone. The "atmosphere" of the X3 interior does not feel unified. (Unknown, 2021 BMW X3 Interior) This is why there are still people who dislike the X3 interior. After all, it comes down to personal preference.

First thing to see when comparing two cars is the design. The 2023 BMW X3 and 2023 Audi Q5 have different styles, but which one is better? (Unknown, 2021 BMW X3 vs 2021 Audi Q5 – Which is the best small luxury SUV?) Let's see which car has a better design, BMW X3 or Audi Q5. The BMW is a sporty car and has a kidney grille that makes this car look powerful. The sportiness can be seen through the M Sport package with the more aggressive exterior design. (Wauters, 2021 Car Review: 2021 BMW X3) On the other hand, the Audi is designed for luxury but still has classic looks. (Unknown, Audi Q5) The characteristic of Audi can be seen through the front Singleframe grille and "quattro" badging on the front fender. Because both were designed to be their company's characteristic, this will be a personal preference for consumers.

2.1. Exterior Styling

The rear fascia shares the same widened appearance, the new rear adaptive LED tail lights closely resemble those found on many modern cars, and they now appear stockier with a full red casing, they are a major improvement over the previous tail lights. High gloss shadow line trim now is consistent throughout the entire vehicle, and a set of aggressive Matte Aluminium roof rails can be optioned for an additional cost.

It has larger front air intakes, and the signature twin "Angel-Eye" headlights push the new X3 into a more modern territory. The standard LED headlights have been modified, as have the optional "Adaptive LEDs", which now look more similar to each other. The new front fascia will definitely enhance the vehicle's overall appearance, and is much improved over the past model.

The BMW X3 is a luxurious compact SUV and has been completely designed for the 2023 model year. The front and rear fascias are new, cleaner and more in line with other modern BMWs, so new that they might be difficult to distinguish for some people. The BMW X3 2023 has a new front and rear fascias and it has undergone an eye-catching facelift. The changes are subtle, but make the new X3 appear wider and more aggressive than its predecessor, and in the front it's most evident and more "SUV-like".

2.2. Interior Comfort

Step in to the BMW and it's easy to notice the shiny gloss over the wood trim and more padded surfaces. Even without the upgraded Nevada leather seating, the X3 gives an air of luxury above the Q5. The driver's position is comfortable and slightly more sporty feeling; something that would be expected from a brand that touts itself as the 'ultimate driving machine.' Engine choices include the base 2.5L inline-six and top of the line 3.0. Both engines are potent and economical, the latter offering nearly 300hp. A proven xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system serves to effectively transfer torque where needed and does not bog down fuel efficiency. Overall, the BMW feels more dynamic and refined yet sufficient in offering a premium off-road experience. Looking ahead, plans for an X3M could give true sports car enthusiasts a small and practical tyke to romp around in.

Starting with the Audi, there is little to find fault with. The Q5's cockpit is superbly finished, uniformly high in quality and has an impressive fit and finish. Despite the standard leather seating, the Audi seems a bit spartan at first because of its large amount of hard plastic for a $50,000 vehicle. However, upon a longer drive, the seating and control layout are comfortable enough that the mood is effectively cloaked. There are two engines to choose from, a standard 3.2L V6 and upcoming diesel. Both are smooth running and powerful, certainly adequate to move the Q5. The one downside is that even with such an engine lineup, there is no choice of sporty or eco model and fuel efficiency could be better.

The interior ambience of a car is meant to provide maximum comfort, regardless of the trim package or price. While taste and style can be specific to an individual, the general ergonomic approach should be universal. Both luxury crossovers succeed in this area, giving off a prestigious feeling. However, upon closer inspection, BMW's X3 pulls a bit ahead.

2.3. Technology Features

Electric vehicles are the future for the auto industry. Although the X3 boasts a plug-in hybrid, the Q5 offers much better technology with the Q5 TFSIe. It allows for preset charging schedules and climate control to take advantage of off-peak electric rates. Efficiency Assist drives most optimally in EV mode as it utilizes coasting engine on priority based on route data. When it comes to the Audi Q5, being the latest model, everything technology is standard, whereas some of them are optional extras in the X3.

Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus with a 12.3-inch display is one of the best in the industry. The high-resolution display is super sharp and allows multiple display modes by changing the view from classic to dynamic, allowing graphics as well as animation. The 10.1-inch upper display in the center stack, as well as the 8.6-inch lower display, are standard in the Q5. MMI Touch Response brings both displays to life, where the driver can control the upper display by touch as well as voice, and the lower display is used for text input and quick access to climate control, vehicle settings, and other convenience features, making it convenient and helping to keep eyes on the road. Audi also has the myAudi app, which can be used to control vehicle functions from a smartphone.

Head-up display with augmented reality is the highlight of technology features for BMW X3. The display is much larger and provides more focus on information, for example, navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of remote software upgrade, which means the car keeps getting updated with the latest technology without taking it to the dealer for a software update.

2.4. Cargo Space

BMW X3's cargo space is impressive when it comes to mid-size SUVs. It has a large cargo space of 28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. This is larger than most of the BMW X3's rivals. The Q5 offers 27 cubic feet when the rear seats are up and 63.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. This is very similar to the BMW X3. Both SUVs have extra room underneath the cargo floor. However, the X3 offers an adjustable cargo floor that can be lowered to provide even more cargo room, which the Q5 does not have. This can be very beneficial when it comes to storing taller objects in the cargo area. Both SUVs come with a power liftgate and a 40/20/40 split. The Q5 has a slight advantage with the convenience of lowering the rear seats from the cargo area, as opposed to the BMW X3 only having the option to lower the rear seats from the sides of the car. Both SUVs' cargo areas are finished with a nice trim and a cover to keep objects out of sight. Overall, both of these vehicles are very practical when it comes to cargo space and are slightly above the class average.

3. Safety

You can always expect BMW to set the benchmark for active safety systems, and in the X3 the newest model is expected to introduce a new generation of BMW's active safety features. This includes front collision prevention which now operates at intersections, lane change/stay assist, evasion aid, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, and traffic jam assistant. All of these features should operate at higher capacities than the prior X3 which was amongst the best in this category. The new system also includes the cross traffic warning at the rear which is beneficial when exiting blind laneways. Meanwhile Audi has also set a high standard, but adopts a different approach by making more features standard on lower models as opposed to having packages on higher models. For example, Audi's version of the X3 xDrive 30i (2.0T) is the Q5 2.0TFSI (132kW) and comes standard with basic but effective features such as AEB with pedestrian detection, 360 degree camera and park assist, in addition to this generation Q5 also introducing new features such as exit warning and hazard avoidance. Both brands offer extremely comprehensive active safety packages, it's really just a matter of whether you want to pay for a higher X3 model, or buy a lower Q5 model to get the features you want! When it comes to crash test safety, both cars are relatively new with the X3 introduced in 2017 and the new generation Q5 introduced in 2018. As a result the X3 is yet to be tested by ANCAP, but comes with a 5 star EuroNCAP rating. Meanwhile the Q5 holds a 5 star EuroNCAP rating but it was awarded back in 2016. A lot has changed in vehicle safety over the last 2 years, so both ratings are fairly inconclusive. With that said, both cars have a strong body structure and safety cell, and are equipped with a full range of passive safety systems and airbags. In terms of accident prevention, a higher rating X3 comes with a few extra features such as adaptive LED headlights and augmented LED DRLs which automatically adjust in daylight and darkness, but both cars already come with plenty of specification to avoid things going wrong. When it comes to autonomous driving the Q5 comes in relatively high with level 3 autonomous driving capability expected to be introduced on the Q5 within the next year. This would give the Q5 the ability for conditional automation which means it can manage functions with the driver not paying full attention, and the system will prompt the driver to take over if necessary in some scenarios. This would be an industry first and make Q5 a leader in driverless technology, but it's already expected that BMW will match and raise the stakes with the newest X3 expected to have level 3.5 automation with conditional automation and high automation capability where the system controls the car in all but a few environments or conditions. Both brands are staying ahead of competitors and this is a very exciting space to watch over the next few years.

3.1. Active Safety Features

Both models get intelligent all-wheel drive systems as standard. The BMW's system is front-biased and is capable of sending all torque to the rear wheels, while the 45 TFSI's quattro system can send 40% of torque to the front and 60% to the rear wheels, and up to 85% to the front or rear axle as required. Both models get hill descent control which can help control the vehicle on steep downhills, but so far Audi's system can only support the driver on gradients of up to 6% while the BMW's system can operate at speeds between 15-20 mph on steep downhill and broken ground. An optional differential lock on the Q5 is available, the same system is also available to the X3. The Q5 gets the most sophisticated version of Audi's system which is capable of changing the distribution of power between the rear wheels as required, this is compared to the X3's variable performance control which manages the distribution of power between the front and rear axles. This control the X3 is front-biased and operates as a reactive sports torque vectoring system, sending power rearwards when required and adjusting the torque level to the rear wheels between corners to help stability control. Audi's system on the other hand is an actual torque vectoring system and immediately sends power to the outer rear wheel when required for maximum effect. Asking how all of this affects owners, both cars have the same 5-star ANCAP rating, however a higher spec Q5 cost upwards of $3,000 more than an X3 to repair after a crash and a higher spec X3 regrettably has a higher chance of theft than any Q5.

3.2. Crash Test Ratings

Both vehicles earned similar scores overall, but the categories where the superior CX-5 came out ahead made the difference. In the complete frontal barrier test, the Mazda received a 5-star rating for driver and front seat passenger, while the CR-V only managed 4-stars for the front seat passengers. In the head-on collision of both vehicles, the Mazda yet again scored higher with 5-stars for driver and passenger versus the front seats and 4-stars for driver and passenger in the CR-V. While the side crash test produced the same results for both vehicles, coming out of Consumer Reports with a 5-star rating, the NCAP tests showed a better outcome for the CX-5 with 5-stars versus the CR-V, which only received 5-stars for rear seat passengers and 4-stars for the driver and passengers up front. The CX-5 also showed better results in the rollover test, receiving 4-stars versus the 3-star rating achieved by the CR-V, along with identical results for both vehicles in the head restraints and seats category. Measures to ensure safety are in place for both cars with the inclusion of front and rear stabilizer bars, disc brakes, ABS brakes, traction control and electronic stability control, but due to the higher scores in frontal collisions, Mazda came out on top here as well.

3.3. Driver Assistance Systems

The Audi Q5 is also bestowed with a variety of driver assistance systems. Available for the Q5 is a rear parking aid, backup camera with a 7" display, park distance control, and Audi side assist. These features are similar to those of the X3; however, the Q5 features a backup camera that is displayed on an LCD screen located in the rearview mirror. Although these systems serve their purposes, the functionality and technology are not as advanced as the ones offered in the X3. The Q5 is also equipped with its very own intelligent system known as Audi Pre Sense. Audi Pre Sense is activated when a potential hazardous situation is identified and prepares the vehicle and its occupants in advance. This system is designed to assist the driver by providing a more relaxed and safer driving experience.

The BMW X3 is offered with a driver assistance package that includes a head-up display, a rearview camera with Top View, Privacy Glass, Park Distance Control, xenon adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams. The head-up display projects essential travel information and warnings onto the windshield directly in the driver’s line of vision. The Top View system consists of side view cameras on the exterior mirrors and at the front of the vehicle that are able to provide a 360-degree view of the area surrounding the vehicle. This bird's eye view is then displayed on the Central Monitor, which makes parking in tight spots much easier. The Park Distance Control uses an array of ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers that measure the distance to obstacles and other vehicles when parking. With the measurement being shown on the car's central display, this will help prevent front and rear bumper damage. Automatic high beams monitor oncoming vehicles and ambient light and can switch high beams on and off automatically.

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3.4. Advanced Safety Options

Both the X3 and Q5 have the same parking assistance systems, and the Q5 provides an Intersection Assistant, which detects a potential collision when the vehicle is approaching an intersection or crossing a road. If required, it will apply the brakes. The Q5 also has the all-new Emergency Assist system, which can be used in a situation where the driver is inactive, no longer steering, and does not react to system prompts to initiate a warning. In this situation, the vehicle will implement a series of gradual but escalating measures. First, it will activate the hazard warning lights, and if there is no reaction to this, it will give the vehicle a gentle steering input. If the driver still does not react, the vehicle will slow down in a controlled manner and initiate an induced braking application until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.

When it comes to advanced safety options, both crossovers come with the same level of basic options available such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Warning systems. Although the Audi Q5 doesn't have the Rear Cross Traffic Warning, it has the Rear Cross Traffic Assist system which is slightly different. These systems are pretty standard in most crossovers today, but where the BMW X3 leverages ahead is with the optional Driving Assistant Professional Package that uses an interior camera that supports new and innovative functions. One of them is the steering and lane control assistant, which will provide significantly extended support to the driver in all of the X3's operating modes. It not only alerts the driver when they are leaving a lane but also provides counter steering input to keep the vehicle in a detected lane. Another function of this system is the Lane Change Assistant, which helps the driver prepare for and perform a lane change on highways and motorways.

3.4. Advanced Safety Options

4. Price and Value

Taking a quick look at the base BMW X3 2013, it comes in at a price of £30,600 and $50,060. That price is right along the lines of many other midsize luxury vehicles such as the Audi A5 Q5, the Mercedes GLK, and Volvo XC60. With the price tag on the X3 higher than its predecessor, the new X3 has more features and optional packages that will make the vehicle much more enjoyable, if you are willing to pay for them. The 2013 Audi Q5 starts off at £31,450 or $35,900, which is a fairly modest increase from last year. The Q5 comes up with three different packages for potential buyers: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Q5 Premium is roughly £2000 or $3000 more than the base price and with the X3, there is a significant difference when comparing standard features of the X3 to the standard features of the Q5. In terms of base price and features, the Q5 takes the cake. With a minimal price increase from the base BMW X3, the standard features on the Premium Q5 replicate much of those on the X3 xDrive28i. In terms of optional packages, both vehicles offer many ways to doll up your new SUV for a fairly significant amount of money. The X3 has 6 different packages ranging from sportier performance and look, to luxury and technology options. Of said six packages, three are for performance and look, and the remaining three are in terms of technology and luxury. Prices start off at £1,500 and can go upwards of £8,000, but if you are looking to get the most out of your new X3, you could be paying up to £15,000. Coming up with essentially the same price range and amount of optional packages, the Q5 has a total of four optional packages which include style packages to enhanced performance and fuel economy. An important note to mention about the BMW optional packages is that if more luxury is being acquired, it could be cheaper to fall back on an optional package over a standard feature in terms of price to value. This is not the case with the Q5 as a customer can get the value per price that is negotiated from the BMW.

4.1. Base Price

Taking a look at the cost of the top of the line models, it is clear that the X3 also holds an advantage. The Q5 3.2 S-line is available at a hefty price of $43,375. This is compared to $38,850 for the more advanced X3 xDrive30i model. About a $4,000 price difference gives the customer a more advanced and powerful SUV for the X3. The only downfall to this is that in 2010 the new X3 model will be released starting the process over due to increased price for a newer model.

Although similar in head-to-head base price, the BMW X3 has an edge over the Audi Q5. A major advantage to the X3 is the offering of the xDrive30i model. This is the only version of the X3 that is offered in the United States, while the Q5 is offered in the 2.0 TFSI model or the 3.2 FSI. Pricing at $32,650 for the xDrive30i version is only $1,025 more than the base model. This means for a small difference in price compared to the base Q5, a customer can get a more powerful and luxurious X3 model.

The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 base prices are similar, but the X3 has an advantage. The BMW X3 starts at an MSRP of $30,900 compared to the Q5 which starts at $31,425. Although $525 is not a significant price difference, the value of the X3 compared to the Q5 is justified by this difference. Given two vehicles of similar price, the X3 is clearly a better choice for its starting price. This difference is due to the fact that the Q5 SUV is being built at a new assembly plant.

4.2. Standard Features

One way in which to compare vehicles is to look at their standard features. The BMW X3 comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance, and a full maintenance program. The maintenance program is something the Audi Q5 does not offer. This is definitely something to take note of. Both vehicles come with a reliable safety system. The X3 comes with hill descent control, automatic brake drying, and a battery safety terminal. These features allow you to have maximum braking force in an emergency stop. The Q5 comes with an energy storage module to avoid battery drain and hydraulic brake assist. The X3 takes the win in this category with a more advanced safety system. The Q5 does come with the Audi Pre Sense, which is a system that prepares for impact by tightening your seat belts and closing the windows. This is an innovative feature that can help prevent injury during an accident. Both vehicles have great luxury features such as a power liftgate, auto start-stop function, and automatic climate control. The X3 has a slight edge with a standard 3-way garage door transmitter and front memory buttons. Audi's drivers will have to manually reset their seating position to the preferred setting, rather than the press of a button. This could get annoying over time. Both vehicles also come standard with a 10-speaker audio system, which can be upgraded for a better surround sound experience. The Q5 offers an optional 19-speaker system, while the X3 offers an optional 600W, 16-speaker system with a 2nd row USB audio interface. Music lovers go for the upgrade on either vehicle. With the standard features, it is a close race, but the BMW X3 gets the slight edge.

4.3. Optional Packages and Upgrades

If you buy an X3 3.0si, several option packages can significantly enhance the driving experience. At $2200, the Sports package is a relatively good deal. The superb sport seats, thick steering wheel, and aluminum interior trim add a considerable measure of driving pleasure. While the no-charge option with 18" wheels certainly makes the X3 look sportier, its harsh ride and measly tire sidewall give away all the on-road abandon found in BMW's lower-priced crossovers. If you can't resist the powerful allure of the propeller badge, the Dynamic Handling package is worth considering at $1600. By redistributing torque, the X3's xDrive system essentially enhances the vehicle's athleticism by limiting understeer and oversteer. Though the differences may be subtle, xDrive faithful and fans of rear-biased handling should appreciate the upgrade. A more dramatic improvement comes from the addition of the $900 Dynamic Damper Control, which greatly expands the vehicle's comfort and sportiness by providing electronic control over shock absorber damping. An additional $700 is required for the Convenience package, but you may only want to consider this if you appreciate keyless entry and the panoramic moonroof.

4.4. Resale Value

This is the auto industry's crystal ball - a way to determine the expected value of the vehicle 3-5 years into the future. The better a vehicle's retained value - the smaller the drop in resale value - the better the investment. The X3, which currently holds a 5-star retained value rating according to Edmunds and ALG (Automotive Lease Guide), is expected to continue its strong standing due to its recent redesign (2018) and refresh for the 2023 model year. Further still, the X3 is the leader in its segment in regards to retained value. Edmunds' five-year retained value for the X3 is currently rated at 55.7%, which is monumental in comparison to the Q5's most recent 2018 rating of 37%. In easier terms, recent history tells us that a three-year-old X3 is selling for not much less than half the price of a new one, and the assumption is that it's only going to get better. This all equates to a vehicle that will be much less expensive to own over the course of 3-5 years, and the resale value gap here is staggering. A detailed table for reference can be found at the conclusion of this article.

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