Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q3 VS 2018 Ford Escape Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Audi Q3

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2018 Ford Escape

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 Ford Escape 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 Ford Escape has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Audi Q3 is safer than the Escape:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

19 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia forces R/L

1/0 kN

1.7/2.2 kN

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 Escape’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Escape’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Escape’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 36 points higher than the Escape.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (200 vs. 168) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 170) than the Escape’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (200 vs. 179) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 177) than the Escape’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q3 is faster than the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.2 sec

16.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.8 sec

36.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.2 sec

9.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.5 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

127 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Q3 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape (16.9 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

11 inches

The Q3 stops much shorter than the Escape:





70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (255/40R19 vs. 235/55R17).

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 Escape’s standard 55 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Escape’s optional 45 series tires.

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

Chassis Comparison

The Q3 is 5.3 inches shorter than the Escape, 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 Escape doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q3’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 Escape’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Escape can only operate 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 Escape 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 Escape’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 Q3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Q3’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Escape and aren’t offered on the Escape S.

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 is only available on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

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 Escape only retains 45.44% to 49.07%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q3 is less expensive to operate than the Escape because typical repairs cost less on the Q3 than the Escape, including $179 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q3 and the Ford Escape, 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 Escape isn’t in the top three in its category.

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