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Old 11-11-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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New wifey car: Audi Q5 vs. BMW X1?

Looking for a small, quasi-lux, quasi-performance SUV as a daily driver for the wife. I think it's narrowed down to these two...

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X1?

What I like about both the X1 and Q5 is that although relatively small, they both have enough room under the liftgate for our dogs without dropping the rear seats. Both (in the versions I'm considering) have 2.0L turbocharged engines and 8 speed ZF transmissions, offering very decent performance at altitude. Both can be had at reasonable (IMHO) prices if you are easy on the options. This will be a daily driver for my wife.

Here are the two options I'm considering:

2014 Audi Q5 Premium 2.0T
2.0 Turbocharged, direct injection engine (220HP, 258TQ)
8-speed ZF transmission
Quattro all-wheel-drive system
Leather, heated seats, HID lights, Pano roof, no nav
Black on black
About $41K sticker, $38K purchase.

2014 BMW X1 BMW X1 xDRIVE28i
2.0 TFSI Turbocharged, direct injection engine (240HP, 260TQ)
8-speed ZF transmission
xDrive all-wheel-drive system
Sport line package, Leather, Cold weather package (heated seats), Lighting package (HID), Premium package, no nav.
About $41K sticker, $38K purchase.

The BMW is definitely quicker. In fact it is a little rocket... About six seconds 0-60 in stock trim at Colorado altitude. And easy to bump the power even more. But the Audi is still pretty peppy. The Turbo 2L's and 8-speed ZF transmissions work really well in Colorado altitude.

The Audi is definitely roomier, particularly in the back seat. A bit longer, wider, and higher. Surprisingly, the X1 has extremely good rear cargo hatch space for a very small crossover/SUV, which is important for the dogs.

The Q5 is maybe a bit better looking, IMHO looks best in black. The X1 is a bit quirky looking, but I think it looks good in white. Even better if I move up to the M package.

Both are nearly identically prices with similar options... so let your opinions fly.



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Old 11-11-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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is she not allowed to make her own automotive decisions? What does SHE want from her car?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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is she not allowed to make her own automotive decisions?
She likes them both equally, hence our final decision. Lots of other stuff we looked at that she didn't like....
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:41 PM   #4
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Isn't the X1 rather cramped on the inside? I've never ridden in one, but all the ones I've seen parked on the street look suspiciously small in terms of internal space.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:53 PM   #5
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the X1 is fuuuuuuugly...
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #6
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Drive 'em both (duh).....but Quattro trumps the Beemer's system IMO.
It's still the real deal that got the AWD party started.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:52 AM   #7
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the X1 is fuuuuuuugly...

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Oh, yeah, that too. The combination of width and (low) height makes the X1 look squashed, somehow.
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If the Audi doesn't have run flat tires, go with it over the Bimmer.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:02 AM   #10
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Drive 'em both (duh).....but Quattro trumps the Beemer's system IMO.
It's still the real deal that got the AWD party started.
BMW's X-drive system is definitely rear biased and you need to be ready to catch it in the snow where-as the Audi is full of boring, but safe, understeer.
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BMW is not making the 1 series next year, not sure if they are also nixing the X-1.
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My wife would be lucky to get a used Kia.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:01 AM   #13
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My in-laws just looked at both those cars (and also the Acura RDX). They liked the X1 the best and more or less decided to oder one after sleeping on it a bit. On their way home stopped at a Nissan dealer. They drove home in a "Platinum" Murano. I secretly rolled my eyes, and I think my M-I-L is having buyers remorse because she kept talking about how much she liked the BMW and Acura.
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Good topic. I just got my 2014 Audi Q5 2.0 a month ago, and I fuggin love this car! Amazing ride, power, and handling. Lots of tech goodies. Get the Navi package because she'll want the rear view camera and front/rear parking sensors. The 3-D google earth map navi system is pretty slick. Audi is dealing in the US now, I was able to get mine pretty damn close to invoice.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:21 AM   #15
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BMW is not making the 1 series next year, not sure if they are also nixing the X-1.
They are, just for some reason they've decided to change the name to the 2 series.
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