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Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S line Plus vs. BMW X5 XDrive 50i M Sport

Audi Q7

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S line Plus

Key specs: £60,600. 340 bhp and 560 lb /ft.

So, you want a big fat 4 wheel drive car that has enough power to make the world spin backwards? Makes sense. After all, you want to look like a footballer. Or somebody successful. Or you hate estates.

Aside from Land Rovers and Range Rovers which offer real purpose, many would tell you to buy anything but a big flash Audi Q7. The problem with them is that they are just too big for no reason. They aren't a top choice for off-road, I can't think of a single car enthusiast that owns one, and they're very expensive. Even by Audi standards.

Still, if I had to choose a Q7, the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S line Plus would be my pick of the range. At £60,000 it's fairly affordable and certainly in footballer reach. That means you can tower over other cars and smirk at their weakness.

With a 4.2-litre TDI engine the Q7 will go from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 150 mph. That's incredibly fast for a car that weighs about the same as a house. It will do all of that whilst returning a claimed manufacturer figure of 31 mpg, too, leading to a 675 mile range.

So the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S line Plus is fast and big. Or big and fast, depending on what's most important to you. But what's it like to live with?

Well, it has an 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and 7 seats. That means you can hold 5 passengers and your dog. It's very much a family orientated car this, and it shows, with a boot capacity of 765 litres.

It's safe too. It comes with anti lock brakes, ESP, front seat belt pre-tensioners, airbags for passengers and driver, and of course a huge kerb weight of 2440kg. Should you hit anything else, it's safe to say you won't come off the worst.

It looks the part as well like a big, fat, oversized Audi A3. This particular trim level features 21-inch 7 spoke alloys on 296/35 rubber, and inside you'll find climate control, cruise control, numerous cup holders, a multi function steering wheel, BOSE sound system, the new Audi music interface and built in satellite navigation.

Also the Q7 will go off road but in this specification, with those alloys, I don't recommend heavy mud.

Is a brand new Audi Q7 at 60k better than a second hand Range Rover Sport at the same price? I'm not sure. Still, it could be worse, you could be an X5 driver.

BMW X5

BMW X5 XDrive 50i M Sport

Key specs: £60,105. 402 bhp and 443 lb /ft.

This BMW X5 XDrive 50i M Sport is an astonishing car. Forget the Audi Q7. This is the car for you.

Want proof? How does 402 bhp and 443 lb /ft grab you?

With a 0 - 60 time of 5.5 seconds the BMW X5 50i obliterates the Q7 4.2 TDI in a straight line. It's also built to a higher quality, and inside the cabin it's unmistakably German; well built, stylish and comfortable. Inside there are 5 seats but you can opt for the 7 seater, at a cost of £1,410. Leather upholstery comes as standard in this X5 and so do power seats, climate control and cruise control.

As well as being a lot more powerful than the Q7 it's also lighter at 2225 kg, making it more agile to throw around corners.

When you stop racing, though, the Q7 does start to look a little bit more of a tempting proposition. In this trim and with this engine, the X5 will return just 22.6 mpg if you are lucky. Around town expect 16.1.

With running costs like that I can see why the people of London hate large cars. They are simply terrible on fuel. But then again, you are a potential X5 driver, do you really care about saving fuel?

Then there's the way this thing looks on the outside. It's hideous. From the rear it just looks like a 5-series that's been stretched vertically. From the front it looks like it's ready to swallow up the tarmac it's racing across. It may be aggressive and styled in such a way that gets people out of your way, but by god will it scare some poor old lady in the process.

Yet this is why the BMW X5 XDrive 50i M Sport is the car for you. It's a big screw you to society. In a world where engines are getting smaller and big diesels are replacing big petrol engines, this thing rolls in and slaps society across the face.

Having a mid-life crisis? Say screw you and buy this car. The world will hate you for it. I'll love you for it.

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