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 Tiguan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the Tiguan.
To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Audi Q5 has standard full range traction control. The Tiguan’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.
Both the Q5 and the Tiguan 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Q5 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Tiguan.
The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Tiguan’s (12 vs. 10 years).
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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 22nd.
The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (252 vs. 184) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 221) than the Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Tiguan 4Motion® (23 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Tiguan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Q5 has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiguan AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).
The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Tiguan are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Tiguan (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R17).
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 Tiguan’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Tiguan.
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 Tiguan’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Tiguan (111 inches vs. 109.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Tiguan.
For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tiguan (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Tiguan (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.
The Q5 has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiguan.
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 Tiguan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
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 Tiguan’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tiguan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Q5 and the Tiguan offer available heated front seats. The Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Tiguan.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Tiguan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Q5 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 Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Audi Q5 outsold the Volkswagen Tiguan by 55% during the 2017 model year.