2019 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2019 Audi SQ5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Range Rover’s optional 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 SQ5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Land Rover Range Rover weighs 637 to 1424 pounds more than the Audi SQ5. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

The Range Rover HSE’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 31 more horsepower (380 vs. 349) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Range Rover P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (398 vs. 349) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 169 more horsepower (518 vs. 349) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 208 more horsepower (557 vs. 349) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the Audi SQ5:

 

Range Rover

SQ5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

13 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.2 sec

6.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

102 MPH

Top Speed

136 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the SQ5 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

The Range Rover P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The SQ5 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Range Rover Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the SQ5 (22.7 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 8.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the SQ5 (27.3 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover 380HP/5.0’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the SQ5:

 

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

SQ5

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SQ5 (275/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover offers optional 22-inch wheels. The SQ5’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The SQ5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the SQ5, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover’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 SQ5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the SQ5 (115 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the SQ5.

The Range Rover’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.9% to 51.1%) than the SQ5’s (54.3% to 45.7%). This gives the Range Rover more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the SQ5 (11.6 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The SQ5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is quieter than the SQ5 Prestige:

 

Range Rover

SQ5

Full-Throttle

70 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

62 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The SQ5 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the SQ5 with its rear seat up (31.8 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the SQ5 with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The SQ5’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the SQ5’s (7716 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the SQ5, the Range Rover offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover has a standard rear speed-sensitive 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The SQ5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Range Rover has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The SQ5 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Range Rover Autobiography/SVAutobiography has standard front air conditioned seats and the Range Rover Autobiography LWB/SVAutobiography also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The SQ5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Range Rover 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 SQ5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Range Rover’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The SQ5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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