2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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 Outback doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and Outback have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Outback’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Outback 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.

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 Outback 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.

Both the Q5 and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, 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 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 Subaru Outback:

 

Q5

Outback

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

27%

Neck Stress

215 lbs.

259 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

153 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

88 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

202/266 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 Subaru Outback:

 

Q5

Outback

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

69

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

192 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

223

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

600 lbs.

736 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Q5 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Outback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Outback’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (248 vs. 175) and 99 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 247) than the Outback 3.6R’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Audi Q5 is faster than the Subaru Outback:

 

Q5

Outback 2.5i

Outback 3.6R

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

4.2 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.5 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

6.2 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

18.1 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

81.4 MPH

92.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better city fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R 6 cyl. (22 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Outback doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Q5

Outback

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Outback:

 

Q5

Outback

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Outback (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (255/45R20 vs. 225/65R17).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Outback Limited/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Outback (111 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Outback.

The Q5 Premium Plus handles at .81 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Outback 2.5i Limited (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Q5 is 6.3 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has .9 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Outback.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outback doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Outback’s (4400 vs. 2700 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Subaru. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Subaru is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Outback doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the Outback have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outback prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or 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 Outback can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Outback’s 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 Outback doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Q5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

When the Q5 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Outback’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Outback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

Both the Q5 and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Q5 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Outback doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Subaru Outback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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