2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 Audi Q5 quattro
The Q5 is all new for 2018 with new engines, updated styling, and more convenience and driver-assist features. The Q5 launched in 2009 and is Audi’s 2-row crossover that fits between the smaller Q3 and larger 3-row Q7. It is available with a choice of three trim levels, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. It comes with the choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, or 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V-6 engine on SQ5 models. Four-cylinder models come with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while V-6 models have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Q5 also features a new quattro® all-wheel-drive system with ultra® technology that is optimized for performance and efficiency that is standard on all models. The RDX competes with the Q5 2.0 and offers more standard and available features along with a 2-wheel-drive version for clients who don’t need all-wheel drive. While the Q5 offers many similar technologies, they are extra-cost items that significantly add to the price of the vehicle.
Acura RDX advantages over Audi Q5 quattro®
• The RDX uses a larger-displacement V-6 engine that doesn’t require a turbocharger to generate power.
• Standard Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) for improved fuel efficiency.
• More horsepower vs. Q5 2.0 (279 hp vs. 252 hp)
• The RDX offers both 2-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (vs. AWD only).
• More front and rear shoulder room (58.7/57.2 inches vs. 57.7/56.5 inches)
• More front and rear legroom (42.0/38.3 inches vs. 41.0/37.8 inches)
• More rear cargo room with the second-row seats folded (61.3 cu. ft.1 vs. 60.4 cu. ft.).
• Better powertrain warranty (6 years/70,000 miles vs. 4 years/50,000 miles).
• The RDX comes with a host of standard and available features that you won’t find on the Q5:
––Available GPS-linked2 climate control when equipped with navigation
––Available remote engine start
––Standard Active Sound Control
––Available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system3
––Available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)4
––Available Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)5
––Available Song By Voice® and standard Aha™7 compatibility
––Standard Traffic Rerouting™8 when equipped with navigation
––Standard SMS text message9
––Available On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™)
• In addition, you’ll have to pay extra on the Q5 to get these standard RDX features:
Audi Q5 advantages over Acura RDX
• More torque (273 lb-ft vs. 252 lb-ft)
• Standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (vs. 6-speed)
• Standard panoramic moonroof (vs. standard moonroof)
• Available 12-way power front seats
• Standard 3-zone climate control (vs. dual-zone)
• Available Audi virtual cockpit
• Available traffic sign recognition
• Available full-color head-up display
• Available MMI® all-in touch® with handwriting-recognition technology
• Standard Apple CarPlay™10 and Android™11 Auto
• Available Audi pre sense rear safety system
• Larger fuel capacity (18.5 gallons vs. 16.0 gallons)
• Higher towing capacity (4400 lb. vs. 1500 lb.)
• Longer corrosion warranty (12 years/unlimited miles vs. 5 years/unlimited miles)
1 Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard.
2 Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for
information regarding navigation system area coverage.
3 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary
based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and
4 LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identi ed without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering
torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by
extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
5 CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation
affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
6 Compatible with select smartphones. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.
7 Aha is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply.
8 AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic is operable only in select markets within the 48 contiguous United States, as well as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The service
is available at no cost for three years after purchase whereupon it will continue to be available on a subscription basis.
9 Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth® only. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature. Only use
texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely. Drive responsibly. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while
operating a vehicle. For safety reasons, always launch your audio application or perform any other operation on your phone or audio device only when the
vehicle is safely parked.
10 Depending on use, Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the
“as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay software/
Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details.
11 Depending on use, Android Auto can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google