Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi Q5 VS 2015 Porsche Cayenne Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Audi Q5

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2015 Porsche Cayenne

Safety Comparison

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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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Q5 and the Cayenne 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cayenne’s (12 vs. 10 years).

There are over 30 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Q5’s warranty.

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 31% better than the Cayenne.

Engine Comparison

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The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 406) than the Cayenne’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne Diesel (24 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne S E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (24 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 gets better fuel mileage than the Cayenne:

Q5

Cayenne

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

3.0 Supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 Turbo V6

n/a

14 city/21 hwy

4.8 Turbo V8

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 700 pounds less than the Porsche Cayenne.

The Q5 is 8.5 inches shorter than the Cayenne, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Cayenne (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus is quieter than the Cayenne Diesel:

Q5

Cayenne

At idle

36 dB

48 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

68 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Q5 has .4 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Q5 has a much larger cargo area than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 23.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Cayenne’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Q5 will cost $1165 less than the Cayenne over a five-year period.

The Q5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Q5 will retain 53.95% to 57.42% of its original price after five years, while the Cayenne only retains 45.18% to 51.49%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Cayenne because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Cayenne, including $1182 less for an alternator, $166 less for front brake pads, $15 less for fuel injection, $671 less for front struts and $683 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q5 will be $17571 to $57835 less than for the Porsche Cayenne.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Q5

Cayenne

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

The Audi Q5 outsold the Porsche Cayenne by almost three to one during 2014.

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