2020 Audi Q5 vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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Safety

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Both the Q5 and Acadia have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Acadia’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q5 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 Acadia 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 Q5. But it costs extra on the Acadia.

Both the Q5 and the Acadia 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the GMC Acadia:

Q5

Acadia

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

22%

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

112/392 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

187

403

Neck Injury Risk

34%

37%

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

152 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

186 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the GMC Acadia:

Q5

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

106

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

155 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

263

Hip Force

817 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

219

319

Hip Force

600 lbs.

673 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Q5 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Acadia’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Acadia’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 22 points higher than the Acadia.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 18 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (248 vs. 193) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (248 vs. 230) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 271) than the Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia AWD V6 (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Transmission

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The Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Acadia doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Acadia doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

Q5

Acadia

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Q5

Acadia

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling

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For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8.2 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q5’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Q5 is 9.8 inches shorter than the Acadia, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Acadia with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q5. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (4400 vs. 1000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Acadia. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than GMC. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, GMC is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Acadia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q5 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 lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Q5’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 Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Acadia doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi Q5 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Acadia Denali offers wireless charging.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Acadia is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $236 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Acadia, including $18 less for front brake pads, $377 less for a timing belt/chain and $647 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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