Specs at a Glance

2018 Audi Q7

2018 Audi Q7

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower252
  • MPG (city/hwy) *19 / 25
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower252
  • MPG (city/hwy) *23 / 27
  • Transmission7-speed automatic

2018 Audi Q7 vs 2018 Audi Q5

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When you are shopping for a new luxury SUV in Nashville, Audi is the brand that may instantly come to mind. The Audi name is synonymous for luxury, refinement, and performance, and the automaker produces several SUVs that may meet your needs. The Audi Q5 is a compact luxury crossover that accommodates five passengers across two spacious rows. The Q7 is a midsize luxury crossover that offers three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven passengers. It is easy to feel torn between these two stunning vehicles, so a closer review of their features and capabilities is in order.

Performance

The base engine in the Q5 and the Q7 for 2018 is the same, and this is a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that gives you 252 horsepower. It comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Because the Q7 is larger and heavier, this engine yields reduced acceleration capability in the Q7 compared to the Q5. The Q5 is available with an upgraded twin-turbo V6, 3.0-liter engine with an eight-speed auto transmission that offers 354 horsepower. The alternative engine for the Q7 is a supercharged 3.0-liter, a V6 engine with 333 horsepower. As you might imagine, the smaller Q5 is agiler, but both of these SUVs have been designed to handle with sporty performance. They both feature Quattro technology with all-wheel drive, Drive Select, and a robust suspension system.

Appearance

Audi redesigned the interior and exterior of the larger Q7 with the 2017 model, and it notably applied many of those updates to the smaller Q5 model in the 2018 model year. You may be hard-pressed to notice any significant exterior differences between these two vehicles that are not related to the Q7’s larger size. They both have the similar grille and front-end designs, the same LED headlight design, and comparable contouring. Because the Q7 is more extended, the rear of the vehicle, as well as the rear window, have an elongated look. Inside, the SUVs, they both have similar high-grade materials and a sophisticated look. Also, both of these SUVs have been designed to give the driver great visibility.

Features

The interior of both the Q5 and the Q7 for 2018 have a similar look, but the Q7 is the more spacious of the two vehicles. They both have standard leather seating, and the front seats have eight-way power adjustments. The second row in the Q5 and both of the rear rows in the Q7 fold down as needed for extra storage. Because both rear rows can fold down in the Q7, it gives you up more than ten additional cubic feet of space in the cargo area compared to the Q5. Both of these SUVs come with many of the same standard features, such as a power liftgate, a seven-inch infotainment display screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a five-inch digital driver’s instrumentation display screen, Bluetooth technology, HD radio and more. The both have similar safety features, such as Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense City, and a rearview camera. However, the front and rear parking sensors that are standard in the Q7 are only available as an upgrade in the Q5.

You can see that the Q5 and the Q7 for 2018 are comparable in most ways. The primary differences are related to size. The Q5 is smaller with less space for passenger seating, but its smaller size yields a more affordable price tag and improved performance on the road. The Q7, on the other hand, is more spacious regarding passenger seating and cargo space. To compare the differences between these two vehicles in detail, head to Audi Nashville today.


* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.