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Old 02-25-2014, 09:15 AM   #1
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Have a Q7, thinking about trading it for a new 2014 X5.
I know this is a Audi forum, but you can still talk me out of it.
But I kinda like the X5 driving and tech vs my 2013 S-Line Q.
But I like the Q's outside style over the X's
So I'm back and forth as you can tell
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #2
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You like BMW's nav over Audi's google maps? Or are you using the offline nav? The nav system was one of the primary reasons I purchased a Q7 over the other options out there, but I'm using the online system. I love getting in the car and saying the name of the place I want to go instead of trying to fiddle with my phone for the address to then put into the nav only to go back to my phone anyway because the car's nav sucks.

Second thing that drives me crazy about the BMW is the stupid joystick gear selection. I put a watercraft in and out at a boat ramp and the BMW, being smarter than the driver and all, will not permit you to back up with the driver's door open; it happily puts itself back in park.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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I compared the two over and over again before I settled on the Q7 so here were the things that made me lean to the Q7. but take it with a grain of salt as I was comparing 2011 models, maybe things have changed since then.

-X5 seats are quite firm, (too firm IMO)
- I agree with pdisme comment, the electronic gear selector is not necessary, nor do I see any benefit for having it. To me it made no sense that you have to move it get out of park, but then push a button to put it back into park. WHY!
- the weight of the steering wheel on the X5 was really nice at higher speeds but seemed to be more of a pain when driving at low speeds or around a parking lot.
- Q7 had way more cargo room than the X5
- The third row was much easier to access and allowed more space than the X5
- Also, I felt the X5 was very underpowered for its size unless you went with the V8.

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Old 02-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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The new X5 is totally new. The Nav has google search on it now like the Q7.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:55 PM   #5
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Check out the '14 RRS. I was in the market for another SUV, and sold on the RRS. The base V6SC is priced competitive with the Q7 and X5.

If Q7 and X5's your only choice. Then Q7, the 14 X5's design is getting uglier (IMHO). I really wish Audi would come out with the next-gen Q7 already, but from some of the rumors out there, redesigns and last minute changes does not bode well for the Audi brand.

I'm keeping the Q7 till the Model X's available next year. Unless Audi does come up with a newer Q7/Q8/Q9, would love the TFT cluster that's in the new TT to be in the Q7.

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Have a Q7, thinking about trading it for a new 2014 X5.
I know this is a Audi forum, but you can still talk me out of it.
But I kinda like the X5 driving and tech vs my 2013 S-Line Q.
But I like the Q's outside style over the X's
So I'm back and forth as you can tell
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:27 AM   #6
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Have a 2011 X5D in the family thats been great, but after just getting a 2014 Q7 Sline Prestige with all the options including the wonderful Black Optic package I want my parents to replace the X5 with this car...its that much nicer.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:16 PM   #7
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Well I traded the Q7 for the X5 i35D.
Pretty loaded up X5 as was my Q7.
Sor far the X5's Tech is on par if not better than in the Q7.
The ride is a tad better but the Q7 driving and handling seems better. The Q drove more like a car, the X more like and SUV.
The Q is very large outside and somewhat inside as well.In my garage I'm quite surprised how much more room I now have with the X.
The Q7 was the worst with my 21 inch Titanium wheels and tons of break dust,in fact the Q was a dirt magnet. Wash it and rive it and its already dirtily. Brake dust road grime you name it. The X5 has almost no brake dust and since the wheels don't stick out so much the car isn't as dirty.
I can go on and on, but there was nada wrong with my Q7 except I wanted to pull my money out of it, I even looked at Leasing another Audi, but the BMW Lease program was way better vs Audi's.
Hope you guys enjoy your Audi's, they are my second fav car, at the moment.
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What kind of mileage are you getting on the X5?
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I'm getting in the mid 20's, only have about 200 miles on it though. It does seem like the Q7 was better, I mean I had the Diesel Q7 and the X5 is also Diesel, but once I filled up the Q7 the gas gauge would never move from full when you drove it, it was great.
One thing I LOVE on the X5 is there is NO Brake Dust, I mean Q7 go for a store run and wheels are trashed, X5 nada, and the X5's metal rims are way nicer than the Q's, and I even had the Titanium 21's, just didn't like the look and how dirty they got.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:13 PM   #10
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The X5 has a bigger displacement, makes sense that it uses more diesel.

Are they ceramic pads maybe?
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As mentioned earlier, brake dust is a brake pad issue, not a car manufacturer issue (other than the pads they choose...). What is your observation on the engine noise vs. the Q7 TDI? I have a friend with a 2 year old BMW that sounds like a diesel vs. my Q7 TDI that is very quiet. Seems like the Audi TDI engine is better designed and they use more soundproofing. Also, to me, the seats in the BMW were not comfortable at all(very hard). Add that to the SUV ride (my Q7 has air suspension), and I am always happy to take our Q7 when we go someplace together.
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One other comment. I use my Q7 TDI to tow my cars to the track. When I bought my Q7, the BMW's did not even offer a towing package (factory or after market). That may have changed. However, not having a factory tow package offer was a deal killer to me for the BMW.
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The X5 has a bigger displacement, makes sense that it uses more diesel.

Are they ceramic pads maybe?
Not that I'm aware of but the feel good and give off almost no dust at all.
The Q7 was a fricken dust magnet from the rear hatch window to the wheels, I spent a lot of time trying to keep it clean.
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I also considered the X5 but the new X is a new production which means there could be some growing pain problems. The Q7 has been around a long time so all the bugs have been worked out, maybe better reliability.

Interior space is also no contest, I love the Q7 back seat, my also came with butt warmers and 4 zone air/heat for front and back pax. The 3rd row seat can even fit small adults.

The on board WIFI could be better if they had used VERIZON for better coverage. T-Mobile is only so-so. I carry an extra Verizon Jetpack in areas that T-Mobile don't serve.
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Had X5 Prior to Q7 and just 2000 miles prior to warranty ending Trans went out. I have an S-Line and really don't see my vehicle too often but see numerous X5's everywhere. Good luck,
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I have a 2011 Q7 TDI prestige and a 2013 X5 35D pretty well loaded....

The X5 makes just as much if not more brake dust as my q7

The Q7 Rides MUCH nicer than the x5...The X5 with a shorter wheelbase is hoppier.

The 20" Run Flats AND offset sizes are a FUC*ing nightmare...HAD I KNOWN this upfront...I would have NEVER bought this car with the sport package...Tires are $1600 a set and you cant rotate them...at 30K miles we have replaced all 4 2x now AND the rear driver one more time from road debris...They are magnets for nails, screws etc...lucky to get 10-12K out of the fronts.

Fuel econ...8 speed tranny in the Q7 vs. the x5 all day long...The Q get's much better fuel econ with the better gearing.

Tech...love the Streaming bluetooh on the BMW...BMW has better tech by far...The NAV on the q7 sucks and is a nightmare to use.

Service...HANDS DOWN BMW....I have spent nothing on the car but tires...Just had all 4 rotors and pads done for free..The Q7..pads was $800 alone....Cant beat the BMW service...

Overall...Wife likes my Audi better and so do I. The Bmw is great BUT not as good as the Q...Buying a new q7 when the new model launches.
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