Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Audi Q5 VS 2016 Infiniti QX50 Near Washington, NC

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Audi Q5

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2016 Infiniti QX50

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 Infiniti QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the QX50.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX50 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Q5 and the QX50 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.

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 QX50 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX50’s (12 vs. 7 years).

There are over 66 percent more Audi dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The QX50’s redline is at 7500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Q5 has a 6300 to 6500 RPM redline.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Q5 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX50’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

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 QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 267) than the QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

The Q5’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 161 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 267) than the QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige gets better fuel mileage than the QX50 (24 city/30 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 3.0 TDI gets better fuel mileage than the QX50 (24 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 gets better fuel mileage than the QX50:





17 city/24 hwy




20 city/28 hwy



18 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Q5 Hybrid Prestige’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX50:

Q5 3.0T/3.0 TDI/Hybrid


Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the QX50 (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R18). The Q5 3.0T/TDI/Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX50 (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R19).

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 QX50’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T/TDI offers optional 21-inch wheels. The QX50’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 QX50’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the QX50.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX50 (7.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Q5 is 4.2 inches shorter than the QX50, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX50 (101.5 vs. 96.8).

The Q5 has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX50.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The QX50’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the QX50 with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 18.6 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the QX50 with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 49.7 cubic feet).

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 QX50’s liftover is 29.2 inches.

The Q5’s cargo area is larger than the QX50’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width



To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Q5 has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The QX50 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the QX50 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 QX50 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 QX50’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 QX50’s 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 QX50 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 QX50 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 QX50 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

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



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



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