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BMW X5 vs. Audi Q5 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find BMW X5 or Audi Q5 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the BMW X5 and the Audi Q5 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track BMW X5 and Audi Q5 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the BMW X5 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 X5 and the Audi Q5 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Audi Q5 44 Q5s, 4.8 months of data per Q5, average 4800 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Audi Q5 34 Q5s, 10.4 months of data per Q5, average 11200 miles24
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 BMW X5   22 X5s, 7.4 months of data per X5, average 10900 miles

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2012 Audi Q5 41 Q5s, 9.5 months of data per Q5, average 20400 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 BMW X5 28 X5s, 10.0 months of data per X5, average 24000 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Audi Q5 47 Q5s, 8.3 months of data per Q5, average 38500 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 BMW X5 43 X5s, 8.7 months of data per X5, average 38200 miles

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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Audi Q5 34 Q5s, 10.9 months of data per Q5, average 47300 miles

Common problem with carbon build-up in gas V6 engine.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 BMW X5   12 X5s, 8.3 months of data per X5, average 55100 miles

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2009 Audi Q5   14 Q5s, 8.4 months of data per Q5, average 57300 miles

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2009 BMW X5   11 X5s, 8.5 months of data per X5, average 63900 miles

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2008 BMW X5   18 X5s, 8.0 months of data per X5, average 68000 miles

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2007 BMW X5   13 X5s, 8.9 months of data per X5, average 68000 miles

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2006 BMW X5   15 X5s, 8.3 months of data per X5, average 81600 miles

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2005 BMW X5   11 X5s, 8.4 months of data per X5, average 89500 miles

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2002 BMW X5   10 X5s, 9.4 months of data per X5, average 142300 miles

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2001 BMW X5   10 X5s, 9.8 months of data per X5, average 115200 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the BMW X5

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the BMW X5

BMW X5 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
german engineer
2002 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It appears from others to be a safe and reliable car. If the engine holds up as well as my other I should have it a long time. It has 60,000 mile but looks and drives like new.
BMW X5 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Got in mechanical trouble all the time~~~
2001 4dr SUV 282-horsepower 4.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The worst car I have ever owned. The transmission failed 4 days after the warranty was over - and the vehicle had less than 45,000 miles on it then.
 

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.