Acura RDX Vs. Audi Q5: Compact Luxury Crossovers Battle

By Justin Cupler | March 13th, 2019

Compact luxury crossovers, like the 2019 Acura RDX and 2019 Audi Q5, are ideal for hauling people and cargo or just zipping down a curvy back road. They also offer tons of premium features for our Rochester area buyers to enjoy. Which one suits your needs better? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Acura RDX and Audi Q5 are two of the newest compact crossovers in the luxury space, as the 2019 RDX is all-new and the Q5 entered its second generation in 2018. The 2019 Acura RDX is the wilder of these two luxury crossovers with its bold grille, sharp lines, swooping roofline, and sporty A-Spec package.

Buyers seeking something more refined will appreciate the more toned down, timeless look of the Audi Q5. Sure, the new-generation Q5 is a little more aggressive-looking than the previous generation, but it still boasts that classic Audi style that made the brand famous.

Both models boast loads of luxurious amenities on the outside, but the RDX’s standard LED lighting and touches of chrome give it a more premium look and feel.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RDX 2019 Audi Q5 Difference
Length 186.8 inches 183.6 inches +3.2 inches
Width 74.8 inches 73 inches +1.8 inches
Height 65.7 inches 65.3 inches +0.4 inches
Wheelbase 108.3 inches 111 inches +2.7 inches
Ground Clearance 8.2 inches 8.2 inches
Curb weight 3,783 – 4,060 pounds 4,057 pounds -274 to +3 pounds

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • Sportier look
  • Even sportier A-Spec model
  • More standard exterior features

Advantage: 2019 Audi Q5

  • Refined look will age well
  • Smaller footprint

Interior

The 2019 Acura RDX and 2019 Audi Q5 carry much of their exterior personalities into their cabin, giving buyers the total package. The 2019 RDX carries in its more freer look and sporty design from the exterior into the cabin with its shaplier dash, sport seats, and even sportier A-Spec touches. This caters perfectly to the younger crowd looking for a luxury crossover that doesn’t feel like grandpa’s Mercedes.

The 2019 Audi Q5, while stylish, is more reserved with heavier use of black and less chrome. It also focuses more on horizontal lines than the swoops and angles the Acura does. It truly is the interior most established luxury car buyers expect in a high-end crossover.

In terms of base features, the 2019 Acura RDX is a great value at $37,400. It comes standard with a nine-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10.2-inch display, and all the safety doo-dads you could ever need. That said, the $42,950 base price for the Q5 leaves room for a few extrae standard goodies, including leather seating, Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, and more.

 

Where the RDX really pull ahead of the Q5 is in roominess. Not only are its seats roomier in almost every measurable, but its cargo area is significantly larger. This makes it great for families that do a lot of hauling.

 

Measurement 2019 Acura RDX 2019 Audi Q5 Difference
Front headroom 40 inches 40.2 inches -0.2 inches
Front legroom 42 inches 41 inches +1 inch
Front shoulder room 60 inches 57.7 inches +2.3 inches
Front hip room 55 inches
Rear headroom 38 inches 37.7 inches +0.3 inches
Rear legroom 38 inches 37.8 inches +0.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 57 inches 56.5 inches +0.5 inches
Rear hip room 50 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 29.5 cubic feet 25.1 cubic feet +4.4 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 58.9 cubic feet 53.1 cubic feet +5.8 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • Sporty interior, especially in A-Spec model
  • Great value for the features
  • Big cargo advantage

Advantage: 2019 Audi Q5

  • More standard features
  • Android Auto
  • Classy styling

Performance

One thing remains consistent in modern luxury cars: They all must have some performance credentials to be competitive. The 2019 Acura RDX does just that with a 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and paddle-shifted 10-speed transmission that deliver an invigorating 6.2-second 0-to-60 sprint.

The Q5 also has some performance cred with its 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Though it has less power, the Q5’s standard quattro all-wheel drive allows it to zip to 60 0.3 seconds quicker than the RDX.

2019 Acura RDX 2019 Audi Q5 Difference
Standard Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 272 hp at 6,500 rpm 248 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm +24 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft at 1,600-4,500 rpm 273 lb-ft at 1,600-4,500 rpm +7 lb-ft
Standard transmission 10-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch
Drivetrain FWD (Std.) / AWD (Opt.) AWD (Std.)
0-60 time 6.2 seconds 5.9 seconds +0.3 sec
MPG City 21 – 22** 22 -1 to 0 mpg
MPG Highway 26 – 27** 27 -1 to 0 mpg
MPG Combined 23 – 24** 24 -1 to 0 mpg

Advantage: 2019 Acura RDX

  • More base power

Advantage: 2019 Audi Q5

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Pricing and Features

Like all Acura models, the 2019 RDX lacks traditional trim levels. Instead, it has a standard trim with three packages that act like trim levels. These packages are the Technology, Advance, and A-Spec, and the pricing for the RDX lineup ranges from $37,400 to $45,500.

 

The 2019 Audi Q5 has just three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Starting prices range from $42,950 to $53,850.

2019 Acura RDX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $37,400*

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Idle stop
  • Reactive dampers
  • Snow/Comfort/Sport/Sport+ drive modes
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 19-inch Glitter Silver multispoke wheels
  • Panoramic moonroof with tilt and slide
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED dragon tail taillights
  • LED mirror-integrated turn signals
  • LED rear license plate light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated side-view mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Gloss-black rear spoiler
  • Chrome window molding
  • Dual exhaust exits
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Sport seats with leatherette-trimmed interior
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Easy fold-down 60/40 split rear seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access system
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Active sound control
  • White ambient cabin lighting
  • Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
  • Brushed-aluminum trim
  • Acura Premium Audio System with
  • Nine-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  • One front USB audio interface and one USB charge port
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • True Touchpad Interface infotainment system
  • 10.2-inch HD dual-content center display
  • 7-inch color multi-information display
  • In-car Wi-FI
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • HomeLink
  • Multi-View rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Automatic brake hold
  • Hill-start assist

 

Technology Package: $40,600*

  • All Standard features, plus
  • 19-inch pewter gray metallic machine-finished spilt-five-spoke wheels
  • Sport seats
  • Perforated Milano premium-leather upholstery with contrast stitching
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Natural language voice recognition
  • Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • Two rear USB charge ports
  • Song by voice
  • Acura navigation with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

A-Spec Package: $43,600*

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • 20-inch shark gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Dark-chrome and lighting details
  • LED fog lights
  • Black window molding
  • A-Spec-exclusive dual-exhaust outlet
  • A-Spec-exclusive bumpers
  • Sport A-Spec seats
  • Perforated Milano premium leather and Ultrasuede®-trimmed interior
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped A-Spec steering wheel
  • Red ambient interior lighting
  • Dark-brushed aluminum trim
  • A-Spec-exclusive red-on-silver gauge cluster
  • Sport pedals
  • Ebony headliner
  • A-spec garnish on steering wheel and door sill
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D Audio System
  • 16-speaker audio system

 

Advance Package: $45,500*

  • All Technology Package features, plus
  • Adaptive dampers
  • 19-inch Medium Alloy Silver interwoven wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED fog lights
  • Acoustic front-side glass
  • Sport seats
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • 16-way power front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Natural olive ash burl wood trim
  • Acura/ELS Studio 3D Audio System
  • 16-speaker audio system
  • 10.5-inch head-up display
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear camera washer
  • Head-up warning

2019 Audi Q5 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Premium: $42,950

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
  • 18-inch five-double-spoke wheels
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • Power, heated mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • High-gloss aluminum window surrounds
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Power liftgate
  • 7-inch center screen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch driver-information center
  • 180-watt, 10-speaker audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Two front USB charging ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
  • High-gloss dark-brown walnut wood inlays
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Leather seating
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat with recline
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Black door sill inlays
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Cruise control
  • Hill-descent control
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection

 

Premium Plus: $49,950

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 19-inch five-arm-wing design wheels
  • Full-LED headlights
  • Auto-dimming, power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Leatherette-covered center console and door armrests
  • Driver-seat memory
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Stainless-steel door-sill inlays
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • MMI Navigation plus
  • MMI infotainment system with handwriting recognition
  • Audi Connect CARE assistance
  • 8.3-inch infotainment screen
  • SiriusXM
  • Cellphone signal booster
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear-crash mitigation
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Prestige: $53,850

  • All Premium Plus features, plus
  • Acoustic front glass
  • Head-up display
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system with 755 watts
  • Stainless steel trunk edge
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Park steering assist
  • Turn assist
  • Collision avoidance assistance
  • Lane-keep assist
  • High-beam assist
  • 360-degree camera

Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura RDX?

The 2019 Acura RDX is best suited for a younger, more adventurous family that does a lot of hauling and needs the added cargo space. Plus, with its more aggressive body style, the RDX will suit the tastes of these buyers.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5, with its refined looks, is a better buy for established luxury car buyer who want all the bells and whistles and brand cachet. Its timeless look and clean interior will also be a draw for older buyer with no kids at home, so they can simply fold down the rear seats if they need extra cargo room.

 

See what it’s like to tackle your daily commute to Rochester  in the 2019 Acura RDX by swinging by Acura of Rochester serving the Fairport area for a test drive. If you can’t make it to our Pittsford dealership for a test drive, you can check out our online inventory, choose a 2019 Acura RDX that suits your needs, and schedule a test drive for later.

 

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $965 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.