Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q3 VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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 Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q3 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Q3 and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q3’s reliability 41 points higher than the Equinox.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (200 vs. 170) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q3 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.8 sec

26.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.2 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

127 MPH

124 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Q3 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q3 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q3’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (255/40R19 vs. 235/50R19).

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q3 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q3 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Q3 flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The Q3 is 10.3 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Q3. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Equinox’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

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 Equinox can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q3 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

The Q3 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 costs extra on the Equinox.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Q3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q3 will retain 50.35% to 51.86% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 44.23% to 46.77%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q3 is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $306 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q3 than the Equinox, including $82 less for front brake pads, $231 less for a fuel pump and $10 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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