Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q3 VS 2018 Cadillac XT5 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Cadillac XT5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q3 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 Cadillac XT5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Q3 and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XT5’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q3 gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:







2.0 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


2.0 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (255/40R19 vs. 235/65R18).

The Q3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q3 Prestige Quattro handles at .85 G’s, while the XT5 4x4 pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The Q3 is 1 foot, 4.7 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Q3 Prestige Quattro is quieter than the XT5 4x4 (42 vs. 44 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q3’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Q3 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 XT5 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q3’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 XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XT5 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 Q3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Q3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Q3 will cost $210 to $3310 less than the XT5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q3 is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q3 than the XT5, including $282 less for an alternator, $97 less for fuel injection and $220 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q3 will be $3363 to $15209 less than for the Cadillac XT5.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Q3 third among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XT5 isn’t in the top three.

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