Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 Jeep Grand Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 3 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense Plus optional in the Q5 as “Advanced.” The Grand Cherokee scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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

Both the Q5 and the Grand Cherokee 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, available 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

175

242

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

97 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Grand Cherokee:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

161

172

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

3.8/.1 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.39/.33

1.06/.54

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, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

182 G’s

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Q5 is 1.7% to 5.6% less likely to roll over than the Grand Cherokee.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Cherokee is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Q5 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

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 Q5’s reliability will be 90% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and 156% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 16th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 420) than the Grand Cherokee’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Q5 2.0T is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Diesel 4WD (24 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy). The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Diesel RWD (24 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Diesel 4WD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy). The Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Diesel RWD (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

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

Q5

Grand Cherokee

2WD

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

4WD

2.0T/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

3.0T/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 2.0T has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q5 2.0T Premium Plus handles at .86 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q5 performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 4.3 MPH faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (58 vs. 53.7 MPH).

The Q5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 900 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Q5 is 7.2 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, 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 significantly lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371) 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 Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4:

Q5

Grand Cherokee

At idle

36 dB

45 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee’s standard 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because it costs $63 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Grand Cherokee, including $192 less for an alternator, $12 less for front brake pads, $42 less for a fuel pump and $294 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

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 Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 881, Strategic Vision rated the Audi Q5 11 points higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2015.

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