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BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 X3s, 4.5 months of data per X3, average 2900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2015 Audi Q5 21
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Q5s, 9.3 months of data per Q5, average 7600 miles
2015 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 X3s, 8.7 months of data per X3, average 6200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Audi Q5 TDI 13
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Q5 TDIs, 9.9 months of data per Q5 TDI, average 21800 miles
2014 Audi Q5 gas 19
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Q5 gass, 10.5 months of data per Q5 gas, average 16900 miles
2014 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 X3s, 10.0 months of data per X3, average 18500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2013 Audi Q5 47
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Q5s, 10.6 months of data per Q5, average 24900 miles
2013 BMW X3 27
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 X3s, 9.3 months of data per X3, average 31800 miles

 

2012 Audi Q5 48
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Q5s, 9.7 months of data per Q5, average 40600 miles
2012 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 X3s, 8.1 months of data per X3, average 39400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Audi Q5 45
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Q5s, 9.4 months of data per Q5, average 54700 miles
2011 BMW X3 65
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 X3s, 8.9 months of data per X3, average 45500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2010 Audi Q5 48
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Q5s, 9.6 months of data per Q5, average 55800 miles

Common problem with carbon build-up in gas V6 engine.

 

2009 Audi Q5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Q5s, 11.3 months of data per Q5, average 83200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 X3s, 9.9 months of data per X3, average 68900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 BMW X3 117
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 X3s, 9.1 months of data per X3, average 90900 miles

 

2006 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 X3s, 9.2 months of data per X3, average 99700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 BMW X3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 X3s, 6.4 months of data per X3, average 119400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find BMW X3 or Audi Q5 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW X3 and Audi Q5 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have been recently.

What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW X3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW X3

BMW X3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Not a single issue in over three years of ownership. SA at BMW store stated X3s have much fewer problems than most other BMW vehicles.
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ive only encountered the most minor problems a bad airbag sensor in a seat and a bad Sirius radio tuner. Otherwise, its been problem-free driving for almost 30K miles.
2006 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
not lots of gizmos and trinkets to break - interior simple and well made - even at high mileage it looks new! switches, buttons all high quality
BMW X3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Ride qualities have necessitated two visits to the dealership along with one two-night stay in the first month of ownership. The tailgate latch has begun to stick where it will neither open or close completely.
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
After a long trip, a downshift in the driveway from 2nd to 1st was missed accompanied by slippage and loud noises. In test drive around the neighborhood it continued. Next morning was ok. Dealer unable to find any computer log of event.
2004 4dr SUV 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed manual AWD
Frequent expensive repairs from past experiance
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Audi Q5

Audi Q5 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The 2009 Q5 is my wife's car. I drive it occasionally, we have 42,200 miles on the car. It has proven to be the best car we have owned having only one a/c issue last summer causing the a/c to stop working. We had the car repaired at the local Audi dealer. We bought the car new, ordering it from a dealer, took delivery of the car and have loved the car ever since. My wife will not trade the car. It drives great, steering and body is so firm and it's like driving a race car. Plenty of power, drives wonderfully on the interstates, I just can't find anything wrong. Don't understand how the 2009 reliability is so low. The car has never failed to start take us where we want, brings us home.