Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi SQ5 VS 2017 Porsche Cayenne Near Greenville, NC

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2017 Audi SQ5

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2017 Audi SQ5

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2017 Porsche Cayenne

Safety Comparison

The SQ5 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 SQ5 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 54 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SQ5’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The SQ5’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 54 more horsepower (354 vs. 300) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (346 vs. 295) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the SQ5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Cayenne:




Front Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

The SQ5 stops much shorter than the Cayenne:





80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

205 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

116 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The SQ5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cayenne’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Cayenne (25.9 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The SQ5 is 8.1 inches shorter than the Cayenne, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The SQ5 has .4 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo area than the Cayenne with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 23.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the SQ5 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SQ5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the SQ5 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

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi SQ5 will be $3648 to $44574 less than for the Porsche Cayenne.

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