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2019 INFINITI QX50 VS. 2018 BMW X3 | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown

2019 INFINITI QX50 VS. 2018 BMW X3

The 2019 INFINITI QX50 and the 2018 BMW X3 are world class SUVs with a number of outstanding characteristics. The QX50 performs superbly as a sedan, while the BMW is equipped with a state of the art engine and a lush interior and exterior. Therefore, choosing which one to buy can be challenging, until you read the report below.

Design & Style

The QX50 is truly a remarkable package. It features an infotainment system with dual screens, along with an array of trim options and every amenity you’d expect, including power doors, power seats, rack pinion steering and leather seats so soft a newborn would fall asleep on them. The six-inch infotainment system offered by the BMW X3 is basic by comparison, and while it comes equipped with Apple CarPlay, some feel it is overpriced.

Technology & Safety

The INFINITI QX50 has a slight edge in mpg, at 24 versus only 22 for the BMW. When it comes to space, however, the two vehicles are tied. Both seat a maximum of five passengers, and while the BMW X3 has slightly more room for the legs, the INFINITI has a bit more room for the shoulders. In regards to cargo space, the INFINITI QX50 has a slight advantage over the BMW X3, but not one that will largely be noticeable. Both vehicles incorporate a four-wheel drive system with the BMW having greater fuel capacity at 17.2 gallons versus only 16 gallons for the QX50.


The BMW X3 has a curb weight base of 4,165 pounds, while the INFINITI weighs in at 3,810 pounds. Both have aluminum wheels and utilize the same engine type, which is the Premium Unleaded Intercooled Turbo I-4 engine. However, the INFINITI QX50, being the newer vehicle, has a more powerful version of the engine, at 268 horsepower with 5600 rpm versus only 248 horsepower at 5200 rpm. This should sting BMW considering their vehicles are billed as being the ultimate driving machine. The two SUVs differ in the type of fuel system they use, with the INFINITI opting for a direct port injection system while the BMW uses a direct gasoline injection system.

The Bottom Line

These two vehicles are closely tied for multiple metrics, which means that any areas where either has an advantage is significant. While the seating capacity, infotainment and safety of both vehicles are quite similar, the one area where the INFINITI edges out the BMW is in performance. Simply put, it is a newer model and as such incorporates more advanced technology. Its lighter weight means it has greater maneuverability, and while SUVs aren’t often purchased for performance, why pick one which performs at a lower level? Therefore, the INFINITI QX50 wins!

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX50 Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2019 INFINITI QX50 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York, and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI QX50 test drive appointment.

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