Compare the Audi Q5 to the Competition

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 Is a Top Luxury SUV-But It's Time to See How it Fares Against Its Best Competitors

When it comes to finding the right luxury SUV for Colorado families, the Audi Q5 offers a "right-size" fit for families from Glenwood Springs, Vail, Aspen, and Edward, CO. With standard seating for five, ample cargo room, and the scrupulous, rewarding performance you expect from our favorite four-ring automaker, the 2018 Audi Q5 proves that a luxury SUV is much more than leather upholstery and nice rims-sublime and practical, the Q5 offers families equal measures comfort and capability, elegance and utility. It's a delicate balancing act, and one that only Audi can execute with precision.


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2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2017 BMW X3

  • Pick Your Style of Luxury: No one is going to argue that the 2017 BMW X3 is inelegant, but the flavor of luxury embodied in these two premium SUVs is decidedly different, and it's really up to you which one you prefer. If the 2017 BMW X3 popped out of an ice cube tray, then the 2018 Audi Q5 comes from a fondant mold. What we mean is, there's a certain subtle elegance and sophistication about the Audi Q5 that is replaced by an aggressiveness, by a sporty element in the BMW X3. Now, this is all about aesthetics-and while the BMW X3 might look like the more athletic model, the next bullet point might change your opinion on that.
  • Power: When it comes to standard power, the Audi Q5 has the BMW X3 beat. The 2018 Audi Q5 offers a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine, which is rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque; by contrast, inside the 2017 BMW X3 you're given a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine, but it only serves up 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
  • Fuel Economy: Despite serving up more standard power and torque, the 2018 Q5 is actually more efficient than the 2017 BMW X3, too; the Q5 sees an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/highway combined, while the X3 lags behind with an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/highway combined.

2018 Audi Q5 vs 2018 Acura RDX

Style & Design Matter: When it comes to style and aesthetics, the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2018 Acura RDX are quite different from one another, with the 2018 RDX offering a sloping front end and narrow headlights squinting out at the road, which converge on a blunt and unremarkable fascia bearing the Acura logo. The roofline of the 2018 RDX offers more of the same slopped-back style, though the third-seat window area arouses more questions than it answers and the structured-but-formulaic wheel arches seem wholly out of place with the rest of the design, as if they were vestigial remnants of old model years or an uncertain element, and thus, underemphasized.

By contrast, the 2018 Audi Q5 is smoother, more refined, even at first glance; the front fascia is well-proportioned, with a detailed, elegant Singleframe® grille grinning wide-mouthed from between two solid headlights and, right below them, fog lights; this leads up into a longer nose with less wheel overhang, and a more blunt ascent up the windshield, rather than a slow slope, as with the RDX; moving to the rear of the Q5, you'll notice a more tapered roofline unifying the entire design, while sculptural body lines pull your eye along the side of the vehicle, crashing perfectly into strong, muscled wheel arches that actually belong.

Fuel Efficiency:
Like the comparison between the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the 2018 Audi Q5 manages superior fuel economy over the FWD 2018 Acura RDX. The Q5 offers up 23 mph city/25 mpg city/highway combined, while the RDX sees 20 mpg city/24 city/highway mpg combined.

Get a Grip on Performance:
Sure, the 2018 Audi Q5 has better fuel efficiency over the 2018 Acura RDX FWD, but what if it also gave you standard Audi quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology? Well, surprise surprise, it does. And that's "standard" as in no-extra-cost, as in, if you want an AWD system in the 2018 Acura RDX, you're going to have to pony up a little extra cash and sacrifice on already sub-par fuel economy figures just to have it, and even then, it won't be a quattro® system because it won't be an Audi.

Why Should You Buy a Luxury Crossover SUV Like the Audi Q5 Over Something More Basic?

Kids are messy, schedules are packed, the roads are as busy as ever-why should drivers from Glenwood Springs, Vail, Aspen, and Edward, CO even consider a luxury crossover SUV over something a little more basic? Well, call us crazy, but we think drivers matter; we think your emotional connection with your vehicle is important, and we don't believe in putting your own wants and needs last. The fact of the matter is, luxury vehicles aren't arrogance, they aren't out of touch-really, they're incredibly in touch when it comes to soft-touch materials, standard safety features, and sophisticated style. In a luxury SUV like the Audi Q5, you can expect to find premium materials, artisanal craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology, and sure, it's not like you couldn't find one or some of these traits in an average SUV, but good luck finding them in the same symphonious agreement, the way they are in the Audi Q5. There's a reason why discerning Glenwood Springs drivers choose Audi once and Audi for life.

BMW X3 comparison

Acura RDX comparison
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