As an adventurer who also loves creature comforts, a luxury SUV provides the ideal balance between high-level performance and plush interior amenities. When it comes to selecting your next model, how do you know which one will elevate your daily drives as much as your weekend getaways?

Our team at BMW of Rochester Hills put together this comparison of the BMW X5 vs. the Audi Q7 to help Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI, drivers decide which model best suits their unique lifestyles.

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Interior: 2021 BMW X5 vs 2021 Audi Q7

When it comes to amenities, you'll find standard panoramic roofs in both the 2021 Audi Q7 and the 2021 BMW X5. These allow you to soak up the sunshine and enjoy fresh air on the open road.

The BMW X5 Panoramic Moonroof, however, also comes with a wind deflector to keep your cabin quieter as you travel. Unfortunately, you won't find this feature in the Audi Q7.

Touchscreen Technology

Inside both models, you'll find an available 12.3-inch central information screen, displaying key vehicle information through an enlarged display. When it comes to infotainment, the largest touchscreen display in the Audi Q7 maxes out at 10.1 inches.

In comparison, the BMW X5 offers a larger 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display for convenient access to your favorite apps, navigation, and more.

Convenient Cargo

The BMW X5 also comes standard with a power split tailgate. The upper section opens like a normal trunk. However, the lower section opens level with the cargo floor, enabling you to easily slide in oversized objects, such as equipment, luggage, or furniture.

If this sounds appealing, keep in mind you won't find a split tailgate option in the Audi Q7.

Performance: Audi Q7 vs BMW X5

One of the other essential elements to consider when selecting your next adventure mobile is power and capability. Both the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5 offer reliable all-wheel drive systems to tackle challenging road and weather conditions.

As you can see in the following table, however, the BMW X5 offers a more robust engine, which delivers vigorous accelerations:

2021 BMW X5

2021 Audi Q7

Most Powerful Engine Option

4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8

3.0L turbocharged V6

Maximum Horsepower



Hybrid Option



Drive Modes & Efficiency

In addition to its potent V8 engine, the BMW X5 also offers a fuel-efficient hybrid configuration. The BMW X5 xDrive45e model combines a 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo engine with an integrated electric motor to deliver 389 total horsepower. You'll also find a Driving Dynamics Control system with the following modes in the hybrid model:


Drivers interested in experiencing hybrid performance will only find this hybrid trim along with its combination of drive modes in the BMW X5-not the Audi Q7.

Start Exploring: 2021 BMW X5 or 2021 Audi Q7?

Are you interested in a powerful performance, a hybrid model, and advanced technology features? Well, then you'll enjoy everything the 2021 BMW X5 has to offer.