2020 Lincoln Aviator vs. 2020 Audi Q5

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Aviator (except Base) offers an optional Reverse Brake Assist that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Aviator’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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Aviator 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, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

The Lincoln Aviator weighs 719 to 1633 pounds more than the Audi Q5. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Aviator 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 3 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Aviator’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Aviator 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 Q5 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 Aviator has a standard -amp alternator (250-amp - Aviator optional). The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

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

Engine

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The Aviator’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 152 more horsepower (400 vs. 248) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 273) than the Q5 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Aviator’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 38 more horsepower (400 vs. 362) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 369) than the Q5 55 TFSI e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid. The Aviator’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 132 more horsepower (494 vs. 362) and 261 lbs.-ft. more torque (630 vs. 369) than the Q5 55 TFSI e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln Aviator turbo V6 is faster than the Q5 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Aviator

Q5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Aviator Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Aviator’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5’s standard fuel tank (20.2 vs. 18.5 gallons).

The Aviator 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Aviator, 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 Aviator’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

Aviator

Q5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Aviator stops much shorter than the Q5:

Aviator

Q5

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Aviator has larger tires than the Q5 (255/55R19 vs. 235/60R18).

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

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Aviator offers an available 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 Aviator has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Aviator’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Aviator’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the Q5 (119.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Aviator is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Aviator Grand Touring AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Q5 45 TFSI Prestige pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Aviator Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q5 45 TFSI Prestige (26.5 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Aviator has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 55 TFSI e (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Aviator to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Aviator’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Q5 (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Aviator 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 Aviator Grand Touring/Black Label 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.

Passenger Space

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The Aviator has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The Aviator has 2 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Aviator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

Aviator

Q5

Third Seat Folded

41.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

77.7 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The Aviator 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.

The Aviator’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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Q5.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its 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 Aviator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Q5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Aviator 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Aviator’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Aviator offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Aviator’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 Aviator offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Q5.

The Aviator 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.

The Aviator (except Base)’s optional Active Park Assist Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Q5 Prestige’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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

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