2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Porsche Cayenne

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the SQ5 and the Cayenne 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, 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 Cayenne has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 59 percent more Audi dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SQ5’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 4 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Engine

The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 14 more horsepower (349 vs. 335) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Tires and Wheels

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 Cayenne’s standard 55 series front and 50 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the SQ5’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cayenne’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

The SQ5 is 9.8 inches shorter than the Cayenne, making the SQ5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the SQ5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cayenne doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Cayenne can only operate 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 Cayenne 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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