In the world of luxury crossovers, there's a battle happening right now between the 2019 Audi Q5 and Acura RDX. People want to know which model is best, so we have to do a complete Audi Q5 vs. Acura RDX evaluation to find the answers. Looking at just the price, we see that the 2019 Audi Q5 has a starting price of $42,950 while the Acura RDX starts at $37,400, however, this doesn't reflect the features, performance and luxury styling. For that, we need to make a full luxury crossover comparison. 

2019 Audi Q5


The Audi Q5 features room for 5 and both rows are comfortable. 4-way lumbar support and 8-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. The entire cabin is filled with upscale materials for an opulent experience. The Audi Q5 interior dimensions show that there are 26.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with an available 60.4 cubic feet with the seat down. The power liftgate is standard technology for easy loading. Tech enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Q5 comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment display, 7-inch color driver information center, HD radio, 10-speaker sound system, voice command, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.


The 2019 Audi Q5 features a sleek, flowing exterior shoulder line for high-class style. It measures 3.2 inches shorter than the Acura RDX so it maneuvers and handles better. It also fits in tighter parking spaces with ease. There are 11 exterior color options including Azores Green Metallic, Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Manhattan Gray Metallic, Matador Red Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, and Navarra Blue Metallic.


Motor Trend tested the Audi Q5 and found it to be faster than the Acura RDX. In their study, the Q5 hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds while the RDX took 7.1 seconds. The Q5 also achieves 22 city/27 hwy mpg. Part of the fuel efficiency is because of the regenerative braking system that Acura doesn't have. The Audi Q5 2.0t specs include 248 horsepower while the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine produces 349 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD.


The Audi Q5 features pre-crash front seatbelts that automatically tighten when an accident is imminent as a part of their pre-crash safety system. It also comes with child safety locks that are operated by the driver. With the standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, the brakes automatically apply to prevent further injuries.

2019 Acura RDX


The Acura RDX also seats 5, but you don't gain as many standard features. You do get almost 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row which is more than the Q5. With the seats down, however, it's slightly less than the Q5 at 59 cubic feet. Standard tech features include Bluetooth, 9-speaker audio system, 10.2-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, 2 USB ports, satellite radio, mobile hotspot capability, Siri Eyes Free plus AcuraLink ™. You also receive a moonroof as part of the standard equipment.


In the Acura RDX vs. Audi Q5 size comparison, you see that the RDX is slightly longer. While this does afford a little extra room in the cabin, it creates less agile handling. It's also more difficult to park the Acura RDX in tight spots. There are 9 color options for this crossover. You can choose colors such as White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic, Apex Blue Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, and Gunmetal Metallic.


The RDX comes standard with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 272 horsepower. The gas mileage seems to be about the same in comparison to the Q5 with slightly better numbers on the highway. You can expect around 22 city/28 hwy mpg out of the RDX. This engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission, but AWD is not a standard feature. Instead, you need to pay $2,000 extra to add that to your model.


While the RDX does feature child safety locks, you have to engage them at the door. There's no way to know if they are active or not. Furthermore, the RDX doesn't feature pre-crash pretensioners or a post-collision braking system, as the Q5 does. Still, it comes with some standard safety features such as airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control.


After an in-depth evaluation between the 2019 Audi Q5 and 2019 Acura RDX, we think the winner is clear. Our Audi Q5 comparison proves that this luxury crossover offers more performance, additional safety measures and increased high-class style over the RDX. Sure, you could save money by purchasing a 2019 Acura RDX, but you won't have most of the features you would find in the Q5. The Audi competitors just don't have the same qualities that the 2019 Audi lineup offers. Stop by Audi Colorado Springs today to see what's so special about the Q5 in person.

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