2019 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) 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 Tiguan 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. 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 Tiguan’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Tiguan gets better fuel mileage than the Q5:

MPG

Tiguan

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Q5

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Tiguan higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi Q5 (3). This means the Tiguan produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q5 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Tiguan stops much shorter than the Q5:

Tiguan

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 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.

Suspension and Handling

The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the Q5 Prestige pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Tiguan’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Tiguan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

Passenger Space

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

Tiguan

Q5

Third Seat Folded

33 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

65.7 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

Model Availability

The Tiguan is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Tiguan will be $9434 to $13387 less than for the Audi Q5.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tiguan second among compact SUVs 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 Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Audi Q5 by 47% during 2018.

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