Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 Jeep Grand Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee.

The Q5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q5 and the Grand Cherokee 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Grand Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Grand Cherokee’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Grand Cherokee’s 3.6 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Q5 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

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 Q5’s reliability 52 points higher than the Grand Cherokee.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Jeep is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Audi Q5 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

 

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V6 (23 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee:

 

Q5

Grand Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

 

Q5

Grand Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Q5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q5 Premium Plus handles at .81 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1400 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Q5 is 6.2 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Grand Cherokee (.371) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Grand Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Q5’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 Grand Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Grand Cherokee can only operate 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 Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Grand Cherokee, including $191 less for an alternator, $11 less for front brake pads, $42 less for a fuel pump and $293 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

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