2020 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Audi Q3

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Safety

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The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the Q3 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and front parking sensors.

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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Edge the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q3 last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q3 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 760-amp battery. The Q3’s 680-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 17 more horsepower (245 vs. 228) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 107 more horsepower (335 vs. 228) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 258) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge is faster than the Audi Q3:

Edge turbo 4 cyl.

Edge ST

Q3

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

6.1 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

14.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.3 MPH

93.4 MPH

85.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Edge AWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q3 (18.4 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q3 (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge ST

Q3

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.2 inches

The Edge stops much shorter than the Q3:

Edge

Q3

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Q3 (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q3 (265/40R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Q3’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Edge’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 Q3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the Q3 (112.2 inches vs. 105.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Q3.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Edge has 29.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (113.9 vs. 84).

The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

Cargo Capacity

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The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 23.7 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 48 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Q3’s in every dimension:

Edge

Q3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

34”/65”

Max Width

63.3”

54”

Min Width

45.3”

39”

Height

34.5”

28”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q3 is limited to 1500 pounds. The Edge offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Edge ST 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 Edge can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Q3 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Edge offers a 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Edge Titanium/ST, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Q3’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Edge and the Q3 offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/ST also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q3.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/ST keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Edge and the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Ford Edge outsold the Audi Q3 by over nine to one during 2019.

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