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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 UX Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
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 UX 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 Q5. But it costs extra on the UX Series.
The Q5 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Q5 has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Q5 and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi Q5 weighs 440 to 738 pounds more than the Lexus UX Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.
The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the UX 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 Q5’s warranty.
The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the UX Series’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 79 more horsepower (248 vs. 169) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (248 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
The Q5 has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5 has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).
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 UX Series doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:
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 UX Series are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the UX Series (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (255/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).
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 UX Series’ 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the UX Series (111 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.
The Q5 has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.
The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (25.1 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).
The Q5 has a 4400 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.
The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the UX Series. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
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 UX Series’
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 UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
On extremely cold winter days, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The UX Series doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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