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2018 INFINITI QX80 VS 2018 BMW X5 | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown

2018 INFINITI QX80 VS 2018 BMW X5

The 2018 INFINITI QX80 and the 2018 BMW X5 are both outstanding crossover SUVs, particularly for families. They both have a sleek appearance with a smooth interior and streamlined amenities designed for absolute comfort. Since most families will only buy one, which is the better choice?

Design & Style

Both vehicles are well matched in this department. INFINITI and BMW vehicles are known for their high-end exterior styling and anyone driving either will be the envy of their friends, family and neighbors. Each has a sporty look which is a far cry from the old minivans that these vehicles were designed to replace. Additionally, the BMW X5 and INFINITI QX80 can be purchased in an array of exterior and interior colors and textures.

Technology & Safety

Both SUVs have an automatic transmission with a rear wheel drive train. However, the INFINITI QX80 outclasses the BMW when it comes to passenger capacity, as it can hold a total of 7 passengers versus only 5 for the BMW X5. This is a big choice, since most families purchase these vehicles to travel together, and the vehicle which has more space is always the most desirable. In terms of safety, each vehicle performs exceptionally well and both are evenly matched in terms of protecting the passengers.


The BMW X5 supersedes the INFINITI QX80 when it comes to mpg or miles to the gallon. Within city limits, it gets 15 mpg whereas the INFINITI QX80 only gets 13 mpg, while on highways the BMW X5 gets 29 mpg while the QX80 only gets 20 mpg. Since gas prices have been an issue for SUV owners for years, this is a factor that will matter to those that live in places where fuel costs are high.

The INFINITI QX80 has a very impressive V-8 engine that is premium unleaded, while the BMW X5 utilizes at an Unleaded I-6 engine that is Intercooled Turbo. In terms of raw power, the INFINITI QX80 seems to edge out the BMW X5, which is a bit surprising given BMW’s reputation for producing the ultimate driving machine.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, both vehicles are closely matched, with each edging out the other in certain areas. The BMW X5 has a huge advantage in terms of cost, at about $57,000 versus almost $65,000 for the INFINITI QX80. This is a difference of $8,000 which will matter to buyers who are on a budget. However, the lower price tag of the BMW X5 comes at reduced performance and passenger space in comparison to the INFINITI QX80. Put another way, the INFINITI costs more for a reason and for those with the money who are looking for maximum performance and seating space, it is the optimal choice.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX80 Test Drive Today?

Reading about this crossover SUV online is one thing; getting behind the wheel is another. Schedule an appointment to visit our dealership here in St. James New York today where you will get an up close and personal view of the 2018 INFINITI QX80.

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