Although the previous generation Audi Q5 has kept the position as the world’s best-selling SUV in its class for many years, automotive experts have confirmed that the 2018 Audi Q5 is even better with its efficiency and powerful engine. With the starting price of about USD 41,500, the 2018 Q5 is not cheap despite having a long list of standard advanced features.
Below is a list of the top 10 alternatives for 2018 Audi Q5 that worth cross-shopping against. We also provide strengths and weaknesses for each, with an ambition that you’ll have some idea of luxury compact SUVs available on the market.
1. 2017 BMW X3
The BMW X3 has won the title of the best luxury compact family SUV
The BMW X3 is currently one of the most prominent luxury compact SUVs. The vehicle offers powerful performance with the combination of engine power and driving experience. The X3 features two engine options with fuel consumption outperforming the Q5. Besides, with more luxury and spacious interior space and more ample trunk, the X3 is seen definitely superior. Winning the title of the best luxury compact family SUV, X3 will be a smart choice in the segment.
BMW X3 SUV 2017 review | Mat Watson Reviews
2. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas - 30,500 USD
Atlas is a brand new Volkswagen model. With many interesting features, it deserves a place in the list of mid-range SUVs. The 2018 Atlas offers a spacious standard space for up to seven passengers, which is rare in 3 seat-row mid-size SUVs, making it a perfect choice for large families.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a little less powerful than the 2018 Q5 and the cabin compartment also fails to satisfy Audi lovers. However, this is understandable as the Atlas is USD 10,000 USD (₱ 514,881) cheaper.
The 2018 Atlas offers a spacious standard space for up to seven passengers
3. 2018 Audi Q7 - 49,900 USD
If still looking for a 3 seat-row mid-sized SUV and have a more generous budget, you can look at the 2018 Audi Q7. Despite certain disadvantages compared to the Atlas: more cramped rear seats and higher price, the Q7 is seen superior in terms of style, interior quality, and performance. A long list of standard features, including many active safety systems has earned Q7 high user ratings.
The 2018 Audi Q7 is the best choice for those having more generous budget
4. 2018 Porsche Macan - 47,800 USD
Porsche Macan is after only the Audi Q5 in the luxury compact SUV ranking. Both Macan and Q5 are powered by Volkswagen engine blocks which share many similar details. On the other hand, Macan is more prestigious and “perfect” than the Q5 as it costs USD 6,000 more than the latter.
5. 2018 Audi Allroad – 44,500 USD
If you want a little different car from the Q5, Audi Allroad is the best choice. The car is great in the segment which provides comparably ample luggage compartment and seats. While the Q5 has a luggage compartment of 758 liters and 1,710 liters with rear seats folded, those on Allroad are 679 liters and 1,656 liters, respectively. The standard Allroad shares similar engine with the Q5. Although having higher price tag, Allroad features panoramic sunroof and optional heated front seats.
2018 Audi A4 Allroad - Exterior and Interior Walkaround - 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show
6. 2018 Acura RDX – 35,800 USD
The 2018 Acura RDX is a smart choice out of luxury compact SUVs. The RDX offers spacious cabin compartment, comfortable, smooth driving experience and a powerful engine which is on a par with the Q5. With a modest list of features compared to that of its rivals, Acura RDX is priced quite lower. However, given the comfort and safety it offers, this SUV is a good choice in the segment.
The 2018 Acura RDX is a smart choice for a luxury compact SUV
7. 2018 Volvo XC60 – 41,500 USD
Volvo XC60 is another Audi Q5's direct competitor with the same price tag and similar features. The 2018 XC60 is completely redesigned and offers unique interesting options. If you are into advanced safety technology, Volvo XC60 is among the leaders in this respect, beside the plug-in hybrid engine. Of course, these equipment options boost the price of the XC60. But if you love high-tech SUVs, XC60 is worth considering.
Volvo XC60 is another Audi Q5's direct competitor
8. 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque – 41,800 USD
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is priced similarly to the 2018 Audi Q5. However, the Range Rover Evoque is smaller than the Q5 which limits its rear seat space. The reliability and engine of the car are also inferior to the Q5. However, the Range Rover Evoque is more stylish and more off-roadable.
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is similar to the 2018 Audi Q5
9. Volvo V90 2018 - 49,950 USD
The 2018 Volvo V90 deserves the top position in the luxury compact SUV ranking. Like the Audi Allroad, the car is more expensive than the 2018 Q5 and comes with two impressive engine options. The 2018 Volvo V90 offers an ample, comfortable and luxurious interior space, together with high-tech, easy-to-use features.
The 2018 Volvo V90 offers ample, comfortable and luxurious interior space
10. 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 review: first drive video
Despite the fact that Jeep Grand Cherokee might be inferior to the 2018 Q5, its low base price kind of makes up for that. If fully equipped, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is no inferior to the other luxury “elders”. This 5-seat SUV offers plenty of powerful engine options and a fantastic full-time four-wheel drive system for off-road driving. In addition, the car also offers comfortable drives and confident handling for drivers. In short, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is another reasonable choice and deserves to be one of the top 10 2018 Audi Q5’s rivals.
Above is the list of competitors for the 2018 Audi Q5 in the range of the luxury compact SUVs. Have you made a choice of your own?