New BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

BMW’s new X3 SUV will have to be outstanding to beat the class-leading Audi Q5 and Land Rover’s Discovery Sport. Let’s see if it is...

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19 Jan 2017 08:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Infotainment systems

Audi Q5

New BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

The standard 7.0in screen is operated by a rotary controller by the gear selector. It’s dead easy, with slick, intuitive menus and dynamic route guidance, which takes traffic into account. The optional £1395 Technology Pack adds an 8.3in screen (pictured) and a touchpad for entering addresses with your finger. You also get wireless smartphone charging and high-speed internet access. The standard subwoofer-equipped hi-fi sounds decent, too.


BMW X3

New BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

BMW’s latest iDrive software in top-spec Professional guise is standard with M Sport trim. Operated via a rotary controller (which incorporates handwriting recognition as well) or the high-definition, wide-aspect touchscreen, it’s a breeze to get to grips with. You can even add gesture control (£190), to operate it using midair hand movements, and a concierge service (£240), while online services are standard. The punchy-sounding stereo should please most listeners.

New BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport’s standard infotainment is easily the worst here. Its 8.0in screen offers the least clarity, it’s slow to respond to inputs and, being touch-operated only with small icons, it’s the most distracting to use. The upgraded system (pictured) is more responsive and has a 10.0in screen, but it’s still not as good as the others and costs £2245. That does include an 825W, 16-speaker sound system, although the standard 380W system is pretty good already.