2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Lexus RX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Allroad 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 RX Series 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 Allroad. But it costs extra on the RX Series.

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

Warranty

The Allroad’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 26 percent more Audi dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Allroad’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the RX Series’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 268) than the RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the Lexus RX Series:

 

Allroad

RX 350

RX 450h

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

92.7 MPH

94.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Allroad uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The RX Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RX Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Allroad’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

 

Allroad

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.9 inches

The Allroad stops shorter than the RX Series:

 

Allroad

RX Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Allroad has larger tires than the RX Series (245/45R18 vs. 235/65R18).

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Allroad’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the RX Series (110.9 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The Allroad Premium Plus handles at .81 G’s, while the RX 450h AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the RX 450h AWD (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

The Audi Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 900 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Allroad is 5.5 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Allroad is 8.9 inches shorter in height than the RX Series, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Allroad has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (58.5 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RX Series. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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