Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 Subaru Outback Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Subaru Outback

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 Subaru Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, 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 Subaru Outback:

Q5

Outback

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

88 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, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Subaru Outback:

Q5

Outback

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

59

69

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

192 G’s

Hip Force

261 lbs.

274 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

223

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

51 G’s

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

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 Outback’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 Outback’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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 16th in initial quality. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 30th.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

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The Q5 has more powerful engines than the Outback:

Horsepower

Torque

Q5 2.0T turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

Q5 3.0T supercharged V6

272 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Outback 3.6R Limited 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

256 HP

247 lbs.-ft.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 65 more horsepower (240 vs. 175) and 254 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 181 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 247) than the Outback 3.6R Limited’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Q5 2.0T is faster than the Outback 2.5i:

Q5

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.2 MPH

81.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Q5 2.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R (20 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5 Hybrid Prestige’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q5’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Outback (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outback:

Q5 2.0T

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid

Outback

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

The Q5 stops shorter than the Outback:

Q5

Outback

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Outback (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (255/45R20 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 Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Outback Limited’s 60 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 Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Q5 3.0T/TDI’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Outback Limited.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Outback (110.5 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Outback.

The Q5 handles at .85 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Outback 3.6R Limited (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Q5 is 7 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The engine computer on the Q5 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Outback’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the Outback 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 Outback 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 Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Outback Premium//Limited’s optional power windows, only the front windows 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 Outback 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 Outback’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 Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Outback Premium/Limited’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Q5 Prestige’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The Q5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited.

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

Optional air conditioned seats in the Q5 3.0T/TDI keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Outback doesn’t offer air conditioned 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 Outback Premium/Limited.

Both the Q5 and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Q5 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Subaru Outback, 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 Outback isn’t in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 881, Strategic Vision rated the Audi Q5 27 points higher than the Subaru Outback for 2015.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Subaru Outback by almost seven to one during 2015.

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