New BMW X5 vs Audi Q7
BMW’s goal is for the new X5 to be the most complete luxury SUV you can buy. But before it can claim that title, it must beat the Audi Q7...
Despite being a few years old, Audi’s MMI system remains one of the best on the market, although it has to play second fiddle to the X5’s set-up. The retractable 8.3in display is sharp, the menus are easy to navigate and Apple and Android smartphone mirroring are standard. It’s also easy to use on the move, thanks to a rotary controller located in front of the gear selector. A touch-sensitive pad makes inputting destinations into the sat-nav easier.
The new iDrive system is better than ever. It’s more customisable than before and allows you to choose between widgets that display information on the main screen – a bit like you’d find on a smartphone. You can then delve deeper using a sidebar menu system that’s easy to get to grips with. You get both a touchscreen and a rotary controller, too, so it’s a breeze to input destinations whether you’re stationary or on the move.