2018 BMW X5 Vs. 2018 Audi A7: Which Luxury SUV Wins The Face-Off?

Jun 23, 2017 01:08 AM EDT | Paul Urban


SUVs are definitely the hottest and most in-demand vehicle type currently. Every conceivable automaker has its fair share of SUV entry in the market. BMW has its 2018 BMW X5 and Audi has its 2018 Audi Q7. These two German luxury brands are out to face-off its SUV entries, so determining the ultimate best between the two is much-awaited.

So which is the better SUV? This may be one of the most daunting tasks to determine as both Audi and BMW are notorious for coming up with the best of the best. This has been proven by its longevity in the business. The X5 and the Q7 are two luxury SUVs sure to deliver, no doubt.

The 2018 BMW X5 has been spied several times as it was being tested. Based on its spy shots, onlookers and eagle-eyed spies notice that it has a more dynamic look mainly because of its shark nose hood and grille treatment. The upcoming X5 is expected to grow in size as compared to the current one. This is good news as it translates to more interior space and a larger boot.

The BMW X5's powertrains are expected to be aligned with the redesigned 5-Series for having a choice of 4-, 6- or 8-cylinder engines. There is also an expected Hybrid version underway. The 2018 X5 rides of BMW's modular platform, which debuted in 2016 7-Series and the 2017 5-Series.

The CLAR or Cluster Architecture makes use of lightweight materials like magnesium and aluminum and the carbon fiber present in 7-Series. The 2018 BMW X5 is bigger and better for being lighter. For those who don't understand cars, this may sound weird. However, for those who are genuinely serious about their cars, this is news sent from the heavens above.

On the other hand, the 2018 Audi Q7 is one not to be left on the sidelines. It definitely delivers what luxury buyers desire to have. It has room for the entire family which boasts of the best and state-of-the-art technology that can ever be installed in a car.

The site The Car Connection even rated it 8 out of 10 possible points. This is so because of its attention to detail and impressive technology. It is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, which comes standard on the Q7 Premium and Premium Plus. There is also a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that is optional on those models but comes standard on the Prestige.

The 2018 BMW X5, on the other hand, is expected to be bigger and better. However, the 2018 Audi Q7 is best rated for its exceptional cabin. It is lauded for having more dramatic and gorgeous textures to name a few. Though the third row comes a little tight, it is forgivable.

Both the 2018 BMW X5 and the 2018 Audi Q7 are two exceptional SUVs. Choosing between the two may be one of the most challenging things to do. Not to be safe and all, but clearly, both deserve to take the top spot. Who said there's only one place at the top.

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