2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5 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 Range Rover Sport 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.

Both the SQ5 and the Range Rover Sport 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The SQ5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SQ5’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 9 more horsepower (349 vs. 340) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi SQ5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6:

 

SQ5

Range Rover Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport with its standard engine (19 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

Transmission

The SQ5’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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The SQ5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

 

SQ5

Range Rover Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the SQ5 has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R19).

The SQ5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Sport.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The SQ5’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The SQ5 is 8.2 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The SQ5 is 7.1 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the SQ5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Audi SQ5 amounts to more than styling. The SQ5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Sport (.37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the SQ5 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 Prestige is quieter than the Range Rover Sport HSE:

 

SQ5

Range Rover Sport

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

79 dB

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The SQ5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Range Rover Sport with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SQ5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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