2019 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2019 Audi SQ5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Durango SRT has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango SRT and the SQ5 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Durango SRT weighs 1189 pounds more than the Audi SQ5. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the SQ5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the SQ5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

The Dodge Durango SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the SQ5’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Durango SRT has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Durango SRT optional and 220 optional). The SQ5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 19th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Engine

The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 126 more horsepower (475 vs. 349) and 101 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Durango SRT is faster than the Audi SQ5:

 

Durango SRT

SQ5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.1 sec

13 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

102 MPH

Top Speed

160 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango SRT’s fuel efficiency. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango SRT has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the SQ5 (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Durango SRT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the SQ5:

 

Durango SRT

SQ5

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the SQ5 (295/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Durango SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The SQ5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 8.6 inches longer than on the SQ5 (119.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

Chassis

The Durango SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The SQ5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Durango SRT has standard seating for 7 passengers; the SQ5 can only carry 5.

The Durango SRT has .8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the SQ5.

Cargo Capacity

The Durango SRT’s cargo area provides more volume than the SQ5.

 

Durango SRT

SQ5

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Towing

The Durango SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the SQ5’s (8700 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Durango SRT has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Durango SRT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The SQ5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Durango SRT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The SQ5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango SRT has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the SQ5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Durango SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the SQ5.

The Durango SRT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Durango SRT owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango SRT will cost $685 to $1405 less than the SQ5 over a five-year period.

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