2020 Audi Q5 vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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Safety

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The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Terrain doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Q5 and Terrain 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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain.

Both the Q5 and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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 Terrain:

Q5

Terrain

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

187

376

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

153 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

51 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

264/236 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 Terrain:

Q5

Terrain

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

109

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

357 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

288

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

219

377

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

600 lbs.

730 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 Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 78 more horsepower (248 vs. 170) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 203) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 260) than the Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Q5

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Terrain doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Q5 has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q5 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons).

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain:

Q5

Terrain 1.5T

Terrain 2.0T

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Terrain are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the Terrain (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Terrain (255/45R20 vs. 235/50R19).

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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Terrain. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Terrain.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Terrain (111 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q5 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Terrain.

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Q5’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Q5 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity

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

Towing

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The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Terrain’s (4400 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Q5 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Terrain uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Terrain. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Q5’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 Terrain’s passenger windows don’t close 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 Terrain can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The Q5’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Q5’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Terrain Denali offers wireless charging.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain because it costs $309 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Terrain, including $129 less for a muffler, $50 less for front brake pads, $141 less for a fuel pump, $31 less for a timing belt/chain and $263 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The GMC Terrain isn't recommended.

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