2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Golf Alltrack has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Golf Alltrack 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Q5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Golf Alltrack has a standard 480-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 Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf Alltrack gets better fuel mileage than the Q5:

MPG

Golf Alltrack

AWD

Manual

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Q5

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf Alltrack stops much shorter than the Q5:

Golf

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .84 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Q5’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The Golf Alltrack is 3.4 inches shorter than the Q5, making the Golf Alltrack easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Golf Alltrack (except S) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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 Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi Q5 isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf Alltrack second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 isn’t in the top three.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Q5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Q5 has never been chosen.

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