2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 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 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 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The SQ5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover’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’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 HSE’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 P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi SQ5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover S.C. V6:

 

SQ5

Range Rover

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.8 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover 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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The SQ5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover:

 

SQ5

Range Rover

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the SQ5 has larger tires than the Range Rover (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’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.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Range Rover HSE (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The SQ5’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the Range Rover LWB’s (38.4 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

The Audi SQ5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1400 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The SQ5 is 1 foot, 1 inches shorter than the Range Rover, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

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

 

SQ5

Range Rover

At idle

37 dB

46 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

67 dB

Cargo Capacity

The SQ5’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

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

If the windows are left open on the SQ5 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 also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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