2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack’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 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 Golf Alltrack scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q5 weighs 650 to 694 pounds more than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Q5 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Golf Alltrack.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Golf Alltrack’s (12 vs. 10 years).

Reliability

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 13 points higher than the Golf Alltrack.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (248 vs. 168) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 199) than the Golf Alltrack’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack (automatics tested):

 

Q5

Golf Alltrack

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

22.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Golf Alltrack 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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q5 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Golf Alltrack (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Audi Q5 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Audi Q5, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Golf Alltrack.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Q5

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.7 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 Golf Alltrack are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

 

Q5

Golf Alltrack

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Golf Alltrack (235/60R18 vs. 205/55R17). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf Alltrack (255/45R20 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Golf Alltrack. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Golf Alltrack.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the Golf Alltrack (111 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf Alltrack.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Golf Alltrack SEL (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 3.1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The Golf Alltrack’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Q5 has a 4400 lbs. towing capacity. The Golf Alltrack has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Golf Alltrack. 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 Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 43% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Q5, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Golf Alltrack can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Golf Alltrack’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf Alltrack offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Q5 and the Golf Alltrack have standard heated front seats. The Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Golf Alltrack.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Golf Alltrack SEL.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by 42% during the 2018 model year.

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