Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 Acura MDX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Acura MDX

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 Acura MDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 MDX 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 MDX.

Both the Q5 and the MDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Acura MDX:

Q5

MDX

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

283

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

113 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

548/381 lbs.

467/511 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Acura MDX:

Q5

MDX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

59

72

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

52 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

253

396

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 16th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

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The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 267) than the MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 267) than the MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 161 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 267) than the MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

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 MDX SH-AWD with Start/Stop (24 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy). The Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the MDX FWD with Start/Stop (24 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5  2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the MDX SH-AWD with Start/Stop (24 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy). The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the MDX FWD with Start/Stop (24 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 2.0T gets better fuel mileage than the MDX SH-AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy). The Q5 2.0T gets better fuel mileage than the MDX SH-AWD with Start/Stop (20 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MDX:

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid

MDX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 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 MDX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MDX (255/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).

The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MDX’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The MDX’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 MDX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.9% to 47.1%) than the MDX’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Q5 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the MDX’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (7.9 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Q5 is 11 inches shorter than the MDX, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Q5 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Q5 easier. The Q5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the MDX’s liftover is 31.5 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the MDX 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 MDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 MDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 MDX 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/TDI has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Q5 Prestige has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The MDX 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The MDX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “8” insurance rate while the MDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the MDX, including $4 less for an alternator and $638 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q5 will be $810 to $1541 less than for the Acura MDX.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Acura MDX, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q5 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The MDX isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Acura MDX by almost two to one during 2015.

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