A performance-inspired luxury SUV like the 2022 Audi Q7 or 2022 BMW X5 should feature premium style, a comfortable ride, and a drivetrain that can deal with any conditions. So, which one has more of what you're looking for?

Maguire Audi of Ithaca helps drivers around the Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY, areas, decide with this Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5 comparison.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Interior

The 2022 Audi Q7 is the kind of luxury Audi SUV that has room for the whole family. There are three rows of seats with space for up to seven people. It's designed with comfort in mind. Whether you're sitting behind the wheel or in the back, you can relax with tons of room to spread out. Check out how the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 stack up against each other. 

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Legroom Measurements


Front Row

Second Row

Third Row

2022 Audi Q7

41.7 inches

38.8 inches

29.2 inches

2022 BMW X5

39.8 inches

37.4 inches


When it comes to cargo space, the Audi Q7 also outshines. While you'll find plenty of space for your cargo with all the seats upright, the power-folding third row makes it easy to get more room. By just pushing a button, you'll have up to 35.7 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row.

The BMW X5 offers a third row of seats, but it isn't standard. This SUV is only designed for five people and features less space for them to stretch out. It also has less cargo room, with 33.9 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Capability

Both the 2022 Audi Q7 and BMW X5 pack a lot of power under the hood. Each one offers an exciting mix of speed and capability. They each stand tall with a high ground clearance, and can tow lots of heavy cargo.

The Audi Q7 sets itself apart with quattro® all-wheel drive. This iconic system enhances your drive whether you're driving through snow or taking tight turns on a summer day. It monitors your drive and uses active torque distribution to send extra power to the rear axle when you need it most.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Design

With an aerodynamic design and a stylish interior, the 2022 Audi Q7 will deliver a confident drive. It makes a memorable first impression by sporting a rounded frame that both looks great and reduces drag.

Up front, you'll find the classic Audi grille and logo. Inside, there are genuine leather seats. You can choose to have either a classically decorated interior with Gray Oak Wood inlays, or give it a bold, modern feel with aluminum or carbon fiber accents.

While the 2022 BMW X5 is also a luxury SUV with a premium cabin, it doesn't have genuine leather seats like the Audi Q7. Instead, the BMW X5 justhas SensaTec upholstery.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Performance

There's no doubt that when you get a luxury SUV, you'll be amazed by the performance. So, when it comes to these two SUVs, which one takes the cake? See for yourself with these specs:

Audi Q7




All-Wheel Drive

Not standard

7,700 pounds

Towing Capacity (when properly equipped)

7,200 pounds

22.5 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity

21.9 gallons

369 lb-ft

Maximum Torque

331 lb-ft

With standard all-wheel drive, a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds when properly equipped, and a 22.5-gallon fuel tank, it's obvious the Audi Q7 takes the cake.

When it comes to making sharp turns, you'll also have an easier time with the 2022 Audi Q7. That's because this SUV has a turning diameter of 41 feet, compared to the BMW X5's 41.3 feet. The slightly smaller turning diameter of the Audi Q7 will make your Audi SUV easier to maneuver.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Safety

Safety is easily one of the most important things when it comes to an SUV. That's why you'll be confident knowing that both the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5 come with an array of safety features. Both the 2022 Audi Q7 and the BMW X5 come equipped with cameras and sensors that constantly monitor your surroundings, such as the Audi Q7's Virtual 360° view.

These are some of the common safety features these two SUVS employ:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Cruise control

They even both have systems that perform automatic actions when a collision is unavoidable. These systems are the Audi pre sense basic, and the BMW Active Protection System. Both of these systems close all windows and pretension all seat belts, but the Audi Q7's system takes it even further and enables the hazard lights as well.

There are several safety features found with both models, but there's no doubt that the Audi Q7 offers some additional features. One such feature is the available night vision assistant. With the night vision assistant package, you'll be able to see farther in low-light situations. It uses an infrared camera and thermal imaging technology, and it can even detect people and larger animals. When it detects someone within 300 feet, you'll receive both a visual and audible warning. The BMW X5 doesn't offer a feature like the night vision assistant.

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 Technology

When you hop into one of these SUVs, you can be sure that you're surrounded by high-tech features that were made to enhance your ride. Both the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5 come standard with these entertainment features:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® with 360L

These standard features will give you the capability to easily listen to all of your favorite songs by just navigating the touchscreen display. Though both of these SUVs have similar multimedia features, the Audi Q7 outperforms the BMW X5, thanks to such features as:

  • MMI® Navigation plus with Audi MMI® touch response system
  • Available Audi connect®
  • Available Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System

Audi connect® adds more technology features such as basic Wi-Fi and traffic information. Though the BMW has similar features, it doesn't have the Google Earth™ capabilities that the Q7 has.

Plus, the Audi MMI® touch response system has exclusive handwriting-recognition technology. Skip over the hassle of typing in your destination and simply write what you're looking for. Your Audi Q7 will interpret your handwriting and provide directions. While the BMW X5 offers navigation features, it doesn't offer handwriting-recognition technology.

Test Drive the Audi Q7

Visit Maguire Audi of Ithaca to test drive the stylish and comfortable Audi Q7. This sleek, luxury Audi SUV delivers a capable drive on any terrain, and features plenty of room for families throughout the areas of Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY. To learn more about this 2022 Audi Q7 vs. BMW X5 comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.


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