2020 Buick Envision vs. 2020 Audi Q5

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Safety

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Both the Envision 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, 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.

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 Buick Envision is safer than the Audi Q5:

Envision

Q5

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

81

185

Spine Acceleration

23 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

492 lbs.

817 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches

Hip Force

477 lbs.

600 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 4 more horsepower (252 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the Q5 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Envision has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.3 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Envision stops shorter than the Q5:

Envision

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Q5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Envision Premium handles at .81 G’s, while the Q5 45 TFSI Prestige pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Q5’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Envision may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Envision can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Envision can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q5 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Envision 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 improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Envision’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Envision is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Envision than the Q5, including $264 less for a water pump, $296 less for a muffler, $304 less for a starter, $263 less for fuel injection and $111 less for a fuel pump.

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