Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche CAYENNE VS 2014 Audi SQ5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche CAYENNE

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2014 Audi SQ5

Safety Comparison

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The Cayenne offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The SQ5 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Cayenne’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Cayenne and the SQ5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cayenne has a standard 220-amp alternator (190-amp - Cayenne V8). The SQ5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayenne third among midsize premium CUVs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The SQ5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

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The Cayenne S Hybrid’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid produces 26 more horsepower (380 vs. 354) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 346) than the SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Cayenne S’ standard 4.8 DOHC V8 produces 46 more horsepower (400 vs. 354) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 346) than the SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Cayenne GTS’ standard 4.8 DOHC V8 produces 66 more horsepower (420 vs. 354) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 346) than the SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Cayenne Turbo S’ standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 196 more horsepower (550 vs. 354) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 346) than the SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

The Cayenne’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 346) than the SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cayenne Turbo is faster than the Audi SQ5 (automatics tested):

Cayenne

SQ5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.9 MPH

102.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the SQ5 (20 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cayenne S Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the SQ5 (20 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cayenne Automatic’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The SQ5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Cayenne has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the SQ5 (26.4 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Cayenne Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the SQ5:

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne Turbo Opt.

SQ5

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

16.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

14.57 inches

13 inches

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The SQ5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SQ5 (295/35R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Cayenne’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the SQ5’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cayenne (except Hybrid) offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The SQ5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the SQ5.

The Cayenne offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The SQ5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the SQ5 (114 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cayenne is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the SQ5.

The Cayenne Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the SQ5 Prestige (24.8 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Cayenne has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the SQ5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cayenne has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the SQ5 with its rear seat folded (62.9 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Cayenne easier. The Cayenne’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the SQ5’s liftover is 27.3 inches.

The Cayenne’s cargo area is larger than the SQ5’s in almost every dimension:

Cayenne

SQ5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36.2”/70.7”

36.5”/67”

Min Width

45.5”

41.3”

Height

35.5”

n/a

The Cayenne’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The SQ5’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the SQ5, the Cayenne offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The SQ5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The SQ5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cayenne to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The SQ5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cayenne detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The SQ5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Cayenne has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The SQ5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Both the Cayenne and the SQ5 offer available heated front seats. The Cayenne also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the SQ5.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche Cayenne, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend selected the Cayenne as their 2011 Sport Utility of the Year. The SQ5 has never been chosen.

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