Used test: Audi Q7 vs BMW X5 - verdict

By buying used you can have either of these luxury SUVs for a fraction of the price you'd pay new. But which should you choose?...

Audi Q7 vs BMW X5

Our Verdict

The BMW X5 is a great used buy. Not only is it good to drive and packed with tech, but it also fulfils a broad remit, thanks to its impressive comfort and lavish interior. Nevertheless, it still doesn’t quite have what it takes to beat the mighty Audi Q7.

That’s right: even bought at a couple of years old, the Q7 is one of the most complete luxury SUVs out there; it offers acres of interior space, seven proper seats, remarkable refinement and a limo-rivalling ride, especially if you can find one equipped with the optional air suspension. In fact, whisper it, but two-year-old Q7s are actually better than brand new ones in some ways; when the car was facelifted in 2019, Audi fitted a less decisive gearbox and a more distracting infotainment system.

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1st – Audi Q7 50 TDI quattro S line

Audi Q7 front - studio shot

For Even plusher ride; seven proper seats; cheaper to buy and run; quieter engine

Against Infotainment outgunned by X5’s; not enough safety aids are standard

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

Read our full used Audi Q7 review >>


2nd – BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport

BMW X5 front - studio shot

For Best-in-class infotainment; attractive interior; split tailgate is convenient 

Against Smaller boot; less rear passenger space; pricey to service

What car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

Read our full used BMW X5 review >>


Specifications: Audi Q7 50 TDI quattro S line

  • Engine size - 3.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 282bhp
  • Torque - 443lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 6.3sec
  • Top speed - 152mph
  • Fuel economy - 33.2mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 180g/km

Specifications: BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport 

  • Engine size - 3.0-litre diesel
  • Power - 262bhp
  • Torque - 457lb ft
  • 0-60mph - 6.4sec
  • Top speed - 143mph
  • Fuel economy - 37.2mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions - 162g/km

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