Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi Q5 VS 2015 Honda CR-V Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Audi Q5

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2015 Honda CR-V

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda CR‑V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The CR‑V doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q5 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the CR‑V.

Both the Q5 and the CR‑V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Audi Q5 weighs 455 to 1117 pounds more than the Honda CR‑V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The Q5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The CR‑V’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the CR‑V’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Audi Q5 3.0T’s reliability will be 15% better than the CR‑V.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 third among compact premium SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The CR‑V isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (220 vs. 185) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 60 more horsepower (245 vs. 185) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 87 more horsepower (272 vs. 185) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 55 more horsepower (240 vs. 185) and 247 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 181) than the CR‑V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q5 2.0T is faster than the Honda CR‑V:

Q5

CR‑V

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.7 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.6 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the Q5 Hybrid Prestige’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CR‑V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q5 3.0T/Hybrid’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 CR‑V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR‑V (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR‑V (19.8 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Q5’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR‑V:

Q5

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid

CR‑V

CR‑V AWD

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.7 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

12 inches

12 inches

The Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CR‑V are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the CR‑V:

Q5

CR‑V

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Q5 has larger tires than the CR‑V (235/60R18 vs. 215/70R16). The Q5 2.0T’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR‑V (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The Q5 2.0T’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR‑V LX’s standard 70 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR‑V Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 2.0T has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CR‑V LX. The Q5’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR‑V Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Q5 offers an available 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 CR‑V’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the CR‑V (110.5 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR‑V.

The Q5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.9% to 47.1%) than the CR‑V’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Q5 more stable handling and braking.

The Q5 2.0T Premium Plus handles at .86 G’s, while the CR‑V Touring AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the CR‑V Touring AWD (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the CR‑V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR‑V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR‑V’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Q5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CR‑V can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR‑V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The CR‑V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CR‑V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CR‑V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Q5 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR‑V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Q5 Prestige has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CR‑V doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Q5 Prestige also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Q5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR‑V Touring.

When the Q5 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The CR‑V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR‑V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Q5 Prestige’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The CR‑V doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR‑V EX-L/Touring.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Audi Q5 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Q5

CR‑V

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

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