2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Envision doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense City in the Q5 as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Envision 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 Envision.

Both the Q5 and the Envision 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

Q5

Envision

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

32%

Neck Stress

215 lbs.

271 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

110/265 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

51%

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

170 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

31 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

230/563 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Buick Envision:

 

Q5

Envision

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

76

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

155 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

297 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

219

247

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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

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 21 points higher than the Envision.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 12 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (248 vs. 197) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Envision Premium AWD turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Q5 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (18.5 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Q5 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 Envision doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’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 Envision doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Q5

Envision

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 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 on the Envision are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the Envision:

 

Q5

Envision

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The Q5’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Envision (111 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q5. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Envision’s (4400 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Envision. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 21% lower rating, Buick is ranked 9th.

Ergonomics

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Envision doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Envision’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 Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Envision is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Envision because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Envision, including $20 less for front brake pads, $335 less for front struts, $14 less for a timing belt/chain and $450 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Audi Q5 outsold the Buick Envision by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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