Comparison

2015 Audi Q7 vs 2015 BMW X6

2015 BMW X6 front three quarter

German luxury car makers Audi and BMW are back with all new iterations of their flagship SUVs. While both the Audi Q7 and the BMW X6’s first generation was launched years ago, the car manufacturers will be introducing an all new generation of each SUV for the very first time this year. BMW has gone ahead and launched the all new X6 SUV for the Indian car market, Audi has put its flagship SUV on hold until next year. We pit the mammoth 2016 Audi Q7 against the equally gargantuan 2015 BMW X6 and see which Teutonic SUV emerges victorious.

Design:

2016 Audi Q7:

The 2016 Audi Q7’s design language lies somewhere between a total revamp and an evolution of the previous model’s design methodology. Audi has ditched the sleek, sporty profile of the current gen model for a more boxy, butch exterior. Audi has dropped the traditional projector headlights for a more modern all LED system. The gentle angle at which the windscreen meets the bonnet has been increased giving the front end a far more pronounced look. Audi has ditched the separate housing units for the turn indicators for a conventional setup.

2016 Audi Q7 SUV front three quarter
The all new Audi Q7 has been thoroughly revamped to be better suited for city use.

The rear is graced by a pair of all LED taillamps that adhere to the new design philosophy. The German car maker has also directly integrated the dual tail pipes onto the lower bumper. Similar to the front end, the rear too has lost much of its character with Audi sticking to the straight angles approach.

2015 BMW X6:

The BMW X6 was one of the first cars in the automotive world that popularized the concept of crossovers. BMW melded SUV characteristics to a beautiful coupe body to spawn the first generation X6 and the vicarious birth of the coupe crossover segment. As such, the 2015 BMW X6 is one of the most stunning SUVs currently available in the market. Key changes to the car’s design include larger headlights, a wider kidney grille and the optional full LED headlights. despite its coupe profile, BMW has managed to carve out enough space for the rear passengers.

2015 BMW X6 front three quarter
The all new BMW X6 showcases an evolution in design.

Interior:

2016 Audi Q7:

The 2016 Audi Q7 joins its next generation Audi brethren with a revamped dashboard. Audi offers its new single screen MMI/instrument cluster system as an option. Standard variants of the new German flagship SUV retain the conventional MMI interface with an all digital high resolution instrument cluster. Similar to the Audi TT, the new instrument cluster can provide standard data such as speed and RPM reading as well as convenient information such as GPS navigation and music options. While the front passengers are treated to a host of controls, the rear is left a little lacking.

2016 Audi Q7 Interior
The 2016 Audi Q7 is offered with the manufacturer’s all new all in one infotainment system.

2015 BMW X6:

BMW’s new X6 takes a more traditional route. While the coupe crossover also features an all digital instrument cluster, its large iDrive display handles controls for the suspension setup, drive modes, music and various others. The BMW X6 is available only with the M Sport Package here in India. As such, the new X6 offers a sporty three spoke M-branded steering wheel, nappa leather for the dashboard, seats and door inserts and M badging all around. The al new BMW X6 also offers head-rest mounted touchscreen systems for the rear passengers.

2015 BMW X6 interior
The interior of the BMW X6 is a beautiful blend of leather and wood.

Under the Hood:

2016 Audi Q7:

Audi offers the new Q7 with both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel variant of the new SUV is a turbocharged and intercooled 3.0 liter V6 unit that churns out 272 hp and  a whopping 600 Nm of torque. Petrol powered Audi Q7 variants house a supercharged and intercooled 3.0 liter V6 that produces an impressive 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox with manual shifters.  

2016 Audi Q7 rear
The Audi Q7 wil likely enter the Indian market with a detuned variant of the diesel engine.

2015 BMW X6:

The 2015 BMW X6 is powered by a 3.0 l turbocharged inline six cylinder diesel motor that churns out 300 hp @ 6000 rpm and 406 Nm of torque at 1300 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight speed automatic gearbox.

2015 bmw x6 rear
The X6 houses a powerful inline six cylinder engine.

Verdict:

Though the Audi Q7 offers far more in terms of engine options and features, the BMW X6 speaks to the heart. However, at a price tag of a whopping INR 1.15 crore, the BMW X6 remains accessible only to a select few.

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