Audi Q3 vs. Q5

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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2022 Audi Q5

The Audi Q3 and Q5 serve as two of the more affordable SUVs in the brand’s lineup. These two SUVs also happen to be some of Audi’s most popular vehicles, appealing to consumers looking for an easy-to-drive, high-riding vehicle. If you’re shopping around for a small luxury SUV with standard all-wheel drive (AWD), high-tech features, and a sharp design, choosing between these two SUVs could be a difficult task.

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the similarities that the Q3 and Q5 share, as well as some differences that separate the two. Whether you’re looking for a tech-filled SUV for daily use or a comfortable SUV for the family, we can help you choose the right vehicle.

Audi Q3 vs. Q5 Price

2022 Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 has a starting price of $39,795 (with destination), which makes it more affordable than the Q5 which costs $44,695. The price difference between the two SUVs is $4,900, though the difference can be higher or lower based on options, available automaker incentives, and dealer discounts.

In addition to being more affordable, the Q3 may also be cheaper to lease than the Q5. We’ve seen that the Q3 can be as much as $30 cheaper to lease per month than the Q5. On the flip side, Audi offers the Q5 with better rebates and finance deals than the Q3.

Compared to similarly sized options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo, the Q5 shines as one of the more affordable options in the class. Despite being more affordable than the Q5, the Q3 is more expensive than most of its direct competitors.

Audi Q3 vs. Q5 Size

2023 Audi Q3 Interior

Both the Q3 and Q5 can seat up to five passengers, though the Q5 is the roomier option. That’s not surprising, as the Q5 is a compact SUV with larger dimensions, while the Q3 is classified as a subcompact. While the two SUVs are even when it comes to space in the first row, the Q5 pulls ahead with a roomier second row.

In the back, the Q5 offers up to 39.3 inches of headroom and 38 inches of legroom. The Q3 has 37.6 inches of rear headroom and 36.1 inches of rear legroom. Other figures, like shoulder room and hip room, will also help the Q5 feel like it offers more interior space than the Q3.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the Q5 pulls out a commanding lead. The Q5 has 25.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 54.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The smaller Q3 has 23.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and up to 48 cubic feet of total cargo space.

Audi Q3 vs. Q5 Fuel Economy

2023 Audi Q5 Engine

Unlike the Q3, the Q5 is available with multiple powertrains. When comparing the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines to one another, the Q5, surprisingly, stands out as the more efficient choice. The Q5 has a combined fuel economy rating of up to 25 mpg combined, while the Q3 is rated at 24 mpg combined.

Audi offers the Q5 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 17.9-kWh battery pack. The PHEV can get up to 26 mpg combined and 61 MPGe combined. It has an all-electric range of up to 23 miles.

Audi Q3 vs. Q5: Which Is Better?

While the Audi Q5 is older and more expensive than the Q3, it’s the better choice for most shoppers. The available upgrade from the sporty SQ5’s engine or the added efficiency from the available plug-in hybrid powertrain gives the Q5 more versatility than the Q3. Lastly, the Q5’s roomier cabin and larger cargo area make it a better vehicle for families or consumers that regularly need to use the rear seats.

We may have chosen the Q5, but the Q3 has its own strengths. It’s newer than the Q5, having last been redesigned in 2019. It’s also a better option for urban consumers that need something small and easy to drive. For shoppers that don’t need the extra cargo space or roomier rear seats in the Q5, the cost savings with the Q3 makes the SUV an attractive option.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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