Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac XT5 VS 2017 Audi Q5 Near Clear Lake, IA

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2017 Cadillac XT5

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2017 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Audi Q5 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Front Automatic Braking optional in the XT5 as “Superior.” The Q5 scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking which 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 XT5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q5 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the XT5’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The XT5 has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XT5 and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal 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, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT5 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.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q5.

There are over 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XT5 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT5 optional). The Q5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (310 vs. 220) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 258) than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 38 more horsepower (310 vs. 272) than the Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Cadillac XT5 is faster than the Q5 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

XT5

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.8 sec

19.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Q5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (21.7 vs. 19.8 gallons).

The XT5 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XT5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

XT5

Q5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

The XT5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Q5 2.0T are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q5 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Q5 (112.5 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The XT5 has .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XT5 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (30 vs. 29.1 cubic feet). The XT5 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (63 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT5 Platinum’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XT5 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 XT5’s optional 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 Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XT5’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

On a hot day the XT5’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Q5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT5 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the XT5 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the XT5 and the Q5 offer optional heated front seats. The XT5 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

On extremely cold Winter days, the XT5’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Standard CUE for the XT5 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The XT5’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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