2019 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2018 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 Essential offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Allroad doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the QX50 and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Allroad’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX50 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 23rd in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (268 vs. 252) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX50 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Allroad (24 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Transmission

The QX50 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Allroad doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX50 Essential’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Allroad. The QX50 Essential offers optional 20-inch wheels.

The QX50 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 Allroad doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the QX50 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Allroad.

For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Allroad’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8.6 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The QX50 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The QX50 has 12.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (104.4 vs. 92).

The QX50 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX50’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The QX50 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (31.4 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The QX50 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (65.1 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the QX50 Essential’s available liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The QX50 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the QX50 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the QX50 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX50 Essential’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the QX50 Essential 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 Allroad’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The QX50 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Infiniti QX50 outsold the Audi Allroad by over five to one during 2017.

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