Comparatif – Audi Q5 Sportback VS BMW X4 : sportifs, mais diesel

Comparatif - Audi Q5 Sportback VS BMW X4 : sportifs, mais diesel

At the beginning of 2017, 5 and a half years ago, Audi presented the second generation of one of its best sellers, the Q5. Logically, this model has already been redesigned. It was at the beginning of autumn 2020. There is even talk of its replacement by 2024. However, just a few months ago this SUV completed its offer with a Sportback variant. In the brand with the four rings, this terminology designates the dynamic versions. The Q5 Sportback is therefore a “coupé” derivative, rival of the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLC Coupé. A derivative that comes very late in the Q5 II’s career because it was not planned during initial development. However, in 2017, Mercedes has already been offering its GLC Coupé for a year. The BMW X4, on the other hand, first appeared in 2014 and was an immediate commercial success. Therefore, Audi’s reluctance to gain a foothold in this market is astounding.

Audi Q5 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line Quattro S-Tronic: €65,100
BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport: €64,700
BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport: €64,700

Especially because, aesthetically speaking, the work done seems very light. Down to the midfoot, the Q5 and Q5 Sportback are identical. Beyond that, the latter features a more sunken canopy and a much steeper tailgate. But the lights are also similar on these two models. Naturally, the furniture on board is also identical.

The Q5 Sportback takes over from the Q5's lights.  Incredible savings?
The Q5 Sportback takes over from the Q5’s lights. Incredible savings?
The lights of the X4 link it to the world of the brand's coupes.
The lights of the X4 link it to the world of the brand’s coupes.

To better distinguish its family SUV and its “coupe” alternative, BMW offered them two different names. However, the recipe is the same as in Audi with a duo that shares everything, or almost, up to the mid-foot. In fact, to support the sporty vocation of the X4, the designers proposed a specific front bumper. The current X4 is the second of the name and was marketed in 2018. A few weeks before the launch of the Audi Q5 Sportback, it received a restyling that was supposed to restore its attractiveness in the eyes of a clientele very sensitive to the fashion effect.

S-Line designates, in Audi, the finishes with a sporty presentation.
S-Line designates, in Audi, the finishes with a sporty presentation.
The X4 M Sport proudly sports the M. for Motorsport.
The X4 M Sport proudly sports the M. for Motorsport.

One like the other exhibits a licked but not very discreet exterior design and, above all, not stingy in style heaviness. But isn’t it the vocation of these cars to stand out in traffic? Each one, in any case, will judge according to their own tastes. On board, as is the tradition in the German premium, the presentations are taken care of with refined inserts, high-definition screens that act as combined instrumentation and support for all the multimedia functions and mountings that are as precise as possible. Objectively, you still have to admit that the Q5’s dashboard has borne less of the weight of the years than the X4’s and that its design looks a bit dated.

Practical aspects: They do not forget the family

A priori, the notion of practicality is not essential when opting for this type of vehicle. Indeed, the Q5 and X3 seem, a priori, better equipped to face vacation trips with families and luggage or even market weekends. However, we must recognize that our two rivals of the day do not allow themselves to be counted in this regard.

Traveling to the rear seats of the Q5 Sportback is not a problem, even for adults.
Traveling to the rear seats of the Q5 Sportback is not a problem, even for adults.
The space in the rear of the X4 is quite generous, but access to it is difficult due to the too sharp cut of the openings.
The space in the rear of the X4 is quite generous, but access to it is difficult due to the too sharp cut of the openings.

First of all, because the SUVs that serve as their base are quite adequate to transport 4 or even 5 adults. In the case of both the Q5 Sportback and the X4, the steeper roof drop, of course, loses a few centimeters in terms of headroom, but it’s still enough to accommodate 1.85m passengers on the bench. However, the cut-out of the top of the BMW’s rear doors requires more contortion to get on board. Once installed, there is no shortage of leg and elbow room in either. As for the occupants of the front seats, they benefit from a multitude of settings to find the most comfortable position possible. In any case, the driver will be surprised, however, to have to go through the options box (or opt for the top-of-the-range Avus trim of the Q5 Sportback) in order to take advantage of the electrical adjustments.

The Q5 Sportback's 510-litre boot is enough for a family but...
The Q5 Sportback’s 510-litre boot is enough for a family but…
… we regret that once the bench is lowered, the floor is not flat.
… we regret that once the bench is lowered, the floor is not flat.

Another significant aspect in terms of practicality is the presence of a tailgate which, in the Q5 as in the X4, opens wide and allows bulky objects to be lifted in the boot. In this case, however, it will be necessary to think about preserving his lower back because the trunk thresholds of our two protagonists are particularly high. In terms of cargo volume, the BMW gains some points by offering 525 l, compared to 510 l for the Audi. But the latter takes revenge once the seat has been lowered, with 1,485 liters against 1,430 liters. But the X4 strives, in this configuration, to offer a perfectly flat floor, which is not exactly the case with the Q5 Sportback.

The boot of the X4 offers 15 liters more than that of the Audi...
The boot of the X4 offers 15 liters more than that of the Audi…
…the floor is almost flat in the 2 seater configuration.
…the floor is almost flat in the 2 seater configuration.

In the front seats, there is no lack of storage space. There are large compartments in the doors, capable of accepting a bottle of mineral water, a large niche under the front armrest and a glove box with an honorable volume. To deposit your smartphone, there is a specially adapted location at the foot of the center console that allows, as standard on all Q5 Sportbacks but against €350 to €500 on the X4, charging by induction.

The interior presentation of the Q5 Sportback is serious, but the atmosphere is a little less gloomy with Rotor Gray, optional at €610.
The interior presentation of the Q5 Sportback is serious, but the atmosphere is a little less gloomy with Rotor Gray, optional at €610.
As standard, the interior of the X4 is completely black.  But beige, cognac or red upholstery is a free option.
As standard, the interior of the X4 is completely black. But beige, cognac or red upholstery is a free option.

Serious but sad, the interior presentation of both can be brightened by choosing from the list of optional inserts. Carbon, precious wood, aluminium… the choice is endless. The height of refinement, the X4’s dashboard can be upholstered in faux leather. The choice is just as wide in terms of upholstery. Originally it is made of fabric in the Audi and imitation leather in the BMW. But the optional possibilities are numerous: 9 for the X4, all in leather, and 17 (leather, leather/fabric and leather/microfiber) for the Q5 Sportback.

Budget: Sedan Appetites

Both of our rivals hid the best-selling engine under their hoods. In both cases it is a 2.0 Diesel whose powers are very close (190 hp for BMW and 204 hp for Audi). Logically, therefore, they are available with various trim levels. However, we will not discuss the notion of “first prize” here. Indeed, the check to sign to acquire one of the two is around €60,000. BMW cares about staying below this psychological threshold (€58,900 for the xLine version) but Audi doesn’t bother, with its €60,700 for the Design finish, with such consideration.

For this match, we had variants with a sporty look. If they are shown, with their shields wide open, their large wheels and their evocative logos, even less discreet than their sisters in the range, they also require a loose economic expansion. Count, excluding options, €65,100 for the Q5 Sportback S-Line and €64,700 for the X4 M Sport. Note that if BMW sticks, at least with the 20d engine, to two definitions, Audi has also integrated an Avus definition into the price, even less affordable: €69,600.

The X4's steeper stern makes it look sportier than the Q5 Sportback.
The X4’s steeper stern makes it look sportier than the Q5 Sportback.

If budget moderation has never been one of the qualities of these two German houses, instead they compete in technology to lower consumption. Thus, the Audi block, like the BMW engine, has a variable geometry turbo, a 48V light hybridization device as well as a gearbox capable of operating in freewheel mode. These efforts are paying off as, at a reasonable pace, the appetite of our two SUVs has stabilized at around 7l/100km. For giants approaching 2 tons empty, that’s a small feat.

Team: unfortunate omissions

At Audi as at BMW, the high base prices of these two SUVs do not go hand in hand with impeccable standard equipment, although the list of standard equipment may seem especially long. Thus, the Q5 Sportback systematically offers the hands-free key, the electric tailgate, 18″ alloy wheels, the three-zone automatic climate control as well as the induction smartphone charger. Although it is less expensive at €1,800, the entry- The level X4 completes this list with leatherette upholstery and GPS, and in both cases you have to increase the bill if you want electric seats, reversing camera or adaptive cruise control.

The instrument panel of the Q5 Sportback can display Google Maps mapping from the GPS.
The instrument panel of the Q5 Sportback can display Google Maps mapping from the GPS.

The new Q5 Sportback S-Line features the essential body kit, sport seats with leather/cloth trim, darkened rear windows, GPS, a more sophisticated virtual cockpit, reversing lights with camera and Matrix LED headlights. The set charges €65,100. BMW’s equivalent, the X4 M Sport, is still slightly cheaper but, at €64,700, the gap is closing. It is true that it still offers a few more features than the Audi (20-inch wheels and Park Assist), but it charges extra for darkened rear windows (€500) and laser headlights (€1,750). Therefore, these two versions are returned to the back.

The X4 prefers a slimmer but less detailed screen.
The X4 prefers a slimmer but less detailed display.

The Q5 Sportback is also the only one of this duo that offers an even better equipped finish. Baptized as Avus, it demands €4,500 more than the S-Line, that is, €69,600 in total, but gains 19″ wheels, leather upholstery, heated and electric front seats, a more advanced audio system and the head-up display On the other On the other hand you lose the S-Line body kit For all-inclusive enthusiasts it is an alternative that is nevertheless worth considering.

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