2019 GMC Terrain vs. 2018 Audi Q3

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Q3 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Terrain SLT/Denali offers optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q3 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Terrain SLT/Denali’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Q3 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Terrain Denali offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q3 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Terrain (except SL)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Terrain has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q3 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Terrain and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q3 was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Terrain 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many GMC dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The Q3’s 280-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 GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 20th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (252 vs. 200) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Terrain’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Terrain diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Q3:

 

 

Terrain

Q3

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain gets better fuel mileage than the Q3:

 

 

Terrain

Q3

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

26 city/30 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

24 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Terrain 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Q3.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Terrain 2.0T’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q3:

 

Terrain 2.0T

Q3

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q3 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Q3 (107.3 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q3.

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q3 (6.9 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Terrain SLT/Denali’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Q3 (7.9 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Terrain uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Terrain has 3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 8.6 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Q3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 16.7 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Terrain’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q3 is limited to 2200 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Terrain has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q3 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The Terrain 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Terrain (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system 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 Q3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Terrain’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 Q3 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Q3 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Terrain has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Terrain SLT/Denali detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Terrain with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Q3’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain SLT/Denali has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Q3 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Terrain and the Q3 offer available heated front seats. The Terrain Denali also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q3.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Terrain Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Terrain’s optional (except SL/SLE) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Terrain SLT/Denali offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Q3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Terrain (except SL) 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The GMC Terrain outsold the Audi Q3 by over four to one during 2017.

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