2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and 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 Ford Edge is safer than the Audi Q5:

Edge

Q5

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

284

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

215 lbs.

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

44 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

32%

34%

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 Ford Edge is safer than the Audi Q5:

Edge

Q5

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

185

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

817 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

600 lbs.

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

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 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 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-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 Edge has a standard 760-amp battery. The Q5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi Q5 (3). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q5 every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi Q5 is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Edge, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Edge ST’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

Edge ST

Q5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

The Edge stops much shorter than the Q5:

Edge

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (265/40R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Q5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Q5 (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Q5 Prestige (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Edge has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Edge 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 Edge Titanium/ST’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 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 Edge 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 Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $1265 to $2780 less than the Q5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $118 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Q5, including $411 less for a water pump, $74 less for a muffler, $40 less for front brake pads, $583 less for a starter, $235 less for fuel injection, $213 less for a fuel pump and $177 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $7082 to $9082 less than for the Audi Q5.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Edge and the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Edge outsold the Audi Q5 by almost two to one during 2018.

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