2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi Q5 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Audi doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Q5. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The Journey 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Audi Q5:

 

Journey

Q5

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

158

284

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

44 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Audi Q5:

 

Journey

Q5

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

190 lbs.

279 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

156

185

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

53 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

35 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Journey 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 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 Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Journey has a standard 525-amp battery. The Q5’s 420-amp battery 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 Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (283 vs. 248) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Journey uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q5 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (20.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Dodge Journey as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi Q5 is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Q5 (113.8 inches vs. 111 inches).

Chassis

The Dodge Journey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The Journey has .6 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

 

Journey

Q5

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Journey offers a 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Journey’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 Q5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the Journey’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Journey GT 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Journey is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $1145 to $2835 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $387 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Q5, including $280 less for a water pump, $34 less for front brake pads, $322 less for a starter, $222 less for fuel injection, $101 less for front struts and $330 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Journey will be $8258 to $12154 less than for the Audi Q5.

Recommendations

The Dodge Journey outsold the Audi Q5 by 34% during 2018.

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