Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 Cadillac XT5 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Cadillac XT5

Safety Comparison

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XT5 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the XT5.

Both the Q5 and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XT5’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q5’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.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the Cadillac XT5:

 

Q5

XT5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the XT5 4x4 (23 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops much shorter than the XT5:

 

Q5

XT5

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the XT5’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Q5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Q5 is 5.9 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5’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 Q5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; 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 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 XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “8” insurance rate while the XT5 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 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 Q5 than the XT5, including $282 less for an alternator, $97 less for fuel injection and $193 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Cadillac XT5 by 25% during 2016.

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