What makes a luxury SUV great? It's time to find out, together. Audi and BMW are two heavy hitters in the segment. We know you're excited to see what they've put together to impress drivers of Burlington, Essex Junction, and South Burlington.

Today, it's a Audi Q7 vs. BMW X3 matchup! Popular, stylish, and practical, these luxury crossovers have been a big hit among area shoppers. Which is ideal for you? Read ahead and find out-and contact us at Audi South Burlington for more information.

2019 Q7 vs X3: Charged Performance

The 2019 Q7 and X3 are off to a strong start with potent powerhouses. The turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engines that come standard in both supply 248 horsepower. You'll be up to highway speed in seconds-literally.

Need traction in the snow? These BMW and Audi SUVs are renowned for their capable AWD systems. The Q7 offers quattro® all-wheel drive, which sends power to the wheels that need it most. The BMW system works in much the same way.

Quattro® all-while drive is a standard fixture on the Audi. Unfortunately, the BMW equivalent is available only as an option in the X3. You'll need to upgrade from rear-wheel drive for that gripping experience.

Round Two: Interior Features & Space

While the Audi Q7 and BMW X3 are both luxury SUVs, they're of slightly different size. The Q7 is midsize, while the X3 is compact. The Audi SUV's size advantage means it offers more cabin space for your needs. 

That translates to more seating space, for one. The Audi Q7 seats seven people across three rows, while the BMW X3 is a 2-row vehicle with seats for five. Cargo space is roomier in the Audi, too-up to 69.9 cubic feet, compared to 62.7 cubic feet in the BMW.

Both vehicles use top-shelf materials on every surface. However, the quality of design is noticeably better in the Audi. You'll find beautiful wood accents and standard leather seats. Leather is only available in the BMW as an upgrade from the standard leatherette.

Technology-and On to the Finish Line

Premium audio… Wireless charging… Integrated navigation… The 2019 Q7 and X3 offer appealing suites of standard and available features. There's not much you can't do from behind the wheel. 

The infotainment systems in these vehicles are among the most capable in the business. The BMW system offers gesture controls, so you can simply wave your hand in front of the screen to adjust some functions. The MMI® system in the Audi lets you write your entry via handwriting recognition.

Smartphone connectivity is offered, though the Audi makes it far more readily available. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® are standard in the Q7. While the BMW X3 offers Apple CarPlay® as an option, it lacks the Android equivalent entirely.

Do I Want the Audi Q7 or BMW X3?

It's easy to see how these luxury SUVs have earned a reputation for quality! Burlington, South Burlington, and Essex Junction shoppers can appreciate both in what turned out to be a close competition.

The BMW X3 notches many successes in this premium segment. However, the Audi Q7 really stands out for its performance, technology, and interior quality. You can come see it for yourself here at Audi South Burlington. Schedule a test drive of the Q7 today! 

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