Audi Q3 vs. Audi Q5

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John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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, Automotive Editor - December 6, 2016

Crossover SUVs are some the most popular cars on the market, and a fair amount of that success can be credited to the Audi Q3 and Q5. This pair is not exactly known for eye-popping body design, but what’s missing in exterior beauty is made up by their inviting interiors. Both models receive high praise from critics and buyers alike for their beautifully built cabins and intuitive controls.

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What We Like About the Q3

The Q3 offers a premium driving experience at a very competitive price: $32,750 including destination. The cabin wastes little time with unnecessary additions, instead offering a straightforward and even simplistic look. Leather seating is standard, as is dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof. Parking System Plus is also included, featuring front and rear acoustic parking sensors and a 130-degree rearview camera.

The turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder offers up 200 horsepower, good for a top speed of 130 mph.

What We Like About the Q5

The top-selling model in the Audi family gets a welcome redesign for 2018, and will be in showrooms by this spring. The overall visual effect is more powerful and athletic. The wider body increases interior space, especially for rear seat passengers. Cargo area has grown to 19.4 cubic feet behind the seats, and 54.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

Weight has been reduced by 200 pounds, and an ingenious new all-wheel drive system only engages the rear wheels when needed, reducing both weight and friction, vastly improving efficiency. The new Q5 is powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph comes up in a respectable 5.9 seconds.

The 2018 Q5 is expected to be priced around the same as the outgoing model, $40,900.

The Verdict: Audi Q5

The slick new redesign with its stellar interior and greatly improved performance raises the 2018 Q5 to the top of the list.

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John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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