2018 Audi Q5 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi Q5
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

This segment was once dominated by the Germans—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but Jaguar and Alfa Romeo have stepped into the SUV space for the first time in their respective histories to give those Teutonics a run for their money.

Still, most shoppers will probably start with the premium-feeling Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, which is priced right and offers a gorgeous interior but comes up short on sportiness.

The BMW X3 is now the segment's elder, but it offers a wide range of customizability and good fuel economy.

Shop the Jaguar F-Pace and you'll find sporty dynamics but an interior that feels a little lower buck than rivals.

The Volvo XC60 is also starting to show its age, but it's well-priced, easily undercutting most rivals by as much as $10,000 when similarly optioned.

Then there's the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which we haven't driven yet but expect will deliver the most sporty driving experience in its segment.

2018 Audi Q52018 Audi Q5
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2018 BMW X3 (X3 M40i)2018 BMW X3
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2018 Jaguar F-Pace2018 Jaguar F-Pace
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2018 Volvo XC60 T82018 Volvo XC60
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio First Drive2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
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Quick Specs
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The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
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The 2018 BMW X3 ventures into M territory, but doesn’t lose sight of its SUV duties.
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The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a statement of style over sedans. It looks like it belongs, which we suppose is the point.
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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
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With the new 2018 XC60, Volvo has cached all the XC90’s good data, and trimmed some fat from its code.
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Remarkably fun to drive and beautiful too, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is great at driving, less facile at crossover-SUVing.
MSRP From     
$41,500$42,650$42,065$40,050$41,500$41,995
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
2.0 TFSI PremiumxDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicle25t AWDGLC 300 SUVT5 AWD MomentumAWD
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
quattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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