2020 Audi Q3 vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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The Q3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Envision doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense Front in the Q3 as “Superior.” The Envision scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Q3 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Envision doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q3. But it costs extra on the Envision.

Both the Q3 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q3 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Envision has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Envision’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 12 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

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The Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (228 vs. 197) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q3 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision Premium AWD turbo 4 cyl. (19 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Envision Premium requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Q3 higher (7 out of 10) than the Buick Envision (5). This means the Q3 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Envision every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q3’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

Q3

Envision

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Q3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q3 has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/55R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (255/40R20 vs. 235/50R19).

The Q3’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 Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q3 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

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The Q3 is 7.1 inches shorter than the Envision, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Q3. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Q3’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Q3’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Envision’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.

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