2020 Land Rover Range Rover vs. 2020 Audi Q5

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Safety

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The Range Rover’s optional 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover 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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Land Rover Range Rover weighs 895 to 1682 pounds more than the Audi Q5. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Range Rover has a 150-amp alternator. The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover has a standard 1600-amp battery. The Q5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Range Rover P360’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 107 more horsepower (355 vs. 248) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover P400’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 147 more horsepower (395 vs. 248) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 150 more horsepower (398 vs. 248) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover P525’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 270 more horsepower (518 vs. 248) and 188 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 309 more horsepower (557 vs. 248) and 243 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Range Rover’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 6 more horsepower (254 vs. 248) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover P525 is faster than the Audi Q5:

Range Rover

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108.3 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Range Rover P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Q5 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Range Rover Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (22.7 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover’s standard fuel tank has 9.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (27.6 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover, 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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For better stopping power the Range Rover’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

Range Rover Td6

Range Rover Gas

Q5

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover stops much shorter than the Q5:

Range Rover

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (275/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Range Rover’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q5. The Range Rover’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Q5.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Q5 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Q5, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Q5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Range Rover’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Q5 (115 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q5.

The Range Rover P525 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q5 Prestige (26.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (11.6 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Range Rover Diesel 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.

Passenger Space

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Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the tailgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Q5 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (31.8 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The Range Rover has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (68.6 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

The Range Rover SVAutobiography’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Q5 doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The Range Rover’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Q5’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Range Rover’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q5’s (7716 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Range Rover 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Q5, the Range Rover offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover has a standard rear speed-sensitive 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 Range Rover’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned front and rear seats keep the Range Rover’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Range Rover 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $100 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover than the Q5, including $325 less for a water pump, $438 less for a muffler, $17 less for front brake pads, $70 less for a starter and $371 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover first among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 isn’t in the top three.

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