Since its debut, the Audi Q5 has been one of the very best-selling cars in its segment. It’s also been one of Audi’s best-selling cars, regardless of segment. Now, though, there are a lot of excellent competitors in the Q5’s space, including some from less popular brands. For instance, the new Acura RDX is a very good crossover and is a cheaper alternative to the Q5. Is it good enough to actually take down the German staple of the segment, though? Motor Trend recently found out.
In this head-to-head shootout from MT, they put a 2018 Audi Q5 up against the 2019 Acura RDX. The year difference isn’t too important but the 2018 Q5 actually makes a few more horsepowers than the 2019 model. Either way, it still makes less than the RDX. The Audi Q5 makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0 liter turbo-four. While the Acura RDX uses its own 2.0 liter turbo-four to make 272 hp and 280 lb-ft. So it’s quite a bit more potent.
Despite that power advantage, the Audi Q5 is actually quicker to 60 mph, doing it in 5.9 seconds, compared to the Acura’s 6.4 seconds. Which is odd because the Q5 is not only less powerful but also heavier. Having said that, the Acura RDX is more fun to drive, with better steering feel, superior agility and even a better engine noise. While the Audi Q5 is nice to drive, it’s more relaxed and comfortable. We noticed that the standard Q5 is a bit boring to drive in our own testing as well. Though, when it comes to being an actual crossover, the RDX is the more practical of the two.
So which small premium crossover is best? We won’t spoil it for you, as you should go read MT’s review. But we will say that the results are quite surprising.