Audi Q5 vs Q7: What’s The Difference?

The Audi Q5 and Q7 are the manufacturer’s two best-selling models in the US, but what exactly is the difference between the two SUVs?

The Audi Q7 is a midsize luxury crossover SUV, whereas the Audi Q5 is a compact luxury crossover SUV. The bigger Q7 can seat up to 7, has more space for cargo and a bigger engine under the hood. The Q5 is not a 7 seater, seating only up to 5 passengers, and has more compact dimensions on the inside and outside.

That’s the gist of it, but let’s take a closer look at exactly what separates the two vehicles.

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Price

It should come as no surprise that the bigger Q7 costs more than the Q5. Whereas the Q5 starts at $42,950, you’ll need to spend an extra ~$10k to get the Q7. The base model Q7 starts at $53,550, going up to $67,850 for the Prestige trim. 

The price gap further increases when you add various options, since the same options cost relatively more on the Q7. 

Worth noting, however, is that the Q7 gives you more standard features included in its price – like a panoramic sunroof and MMI® Navigation plus with MMI® all-in-touch.

The 2020 Audi Q7 is definitely one of the nicest looking crossover SUVs around

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Design

The new Q5 and Q7 received major facelifts, and they definitely look more exciting than the somewhat dull looking previous generation. Although the smart and conservative designs are distinctly Audi, slimmer head and tail lights (with optional matrix LEDs) and sharper bodies give them a more aggressive look than their older counterparts. 

However, the 2020 facelift for the Q7 is arguably more interesting than that of the Q5. With it you get new vertical striping down the large front grille and an aluminium trim that stretches across the back of the two taillights. 

Audi’s recent interiors have been the subject of much praise thanks to their modern and uncluttered designs. Drivers won’t be disappointed by either cabin. Luxurious dark brown wood walnut inlays come as standard, with even more premium materials being employed in higher-end trims.

The Q5 can only seat 5 passengers, whereas the Q7 can squeeze in another 2

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Passenger Space

One of the biggest reasons buyers consider the Q7 over the Q5 is the power folding third row. Though cramped, you can squeeze in an extra 2 passengers at the back.

Despite the additional row of seats, the Q7 still manages to offer passengers in the front and middle rows more room than they would have in the Audi Q5. Front row passengers get an additional 0.6 inches of legroom and 1.8 inches of shoulder room. Middle row passengers get an additional inch of legroom and 2 inches of additional shoulder room. 

The Q7 therefore makes a lot of sense for those who will often need the additional seating capacity or be carrying taller passengers. 

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Cargo Space

Another advantage of the Audi Q7 is the additional cargo volume it provides. Although the trunk is smaller than the Q5 if the third row is in use, folding it down gives you a 10 cubic-feet bigger trunk than the Q5. To put that into perspective, you can fit another large suitcase in the Q7. 

Both SUVs also turn into what are essentially luxury vans when you fold all the rear seats down, providing ample room for moving cargo. In this setup, the Q5 boasts 53.1 cubic-feet of cargo volume, while the Q7 has an even more impressive 69.9 cubic-feet of space available.

Only the Q7 can be matched with a V6 (unless you consider the sports performance Audi SQ5)

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Engine and Performance

Although Europeans have access to the diesel variants of the Q5 and Q7, Americans are limited to petrol engines, which is what we’ll be focusing on in this comparison. 

The Q5 is only available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder TFSI® engine which has 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This takes the Q5 from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. 

The Q7 is available with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder TFSI® engine as the Q5, but can also be purchased with a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder TFSI® engine which produces 329 horsepower. 

Regardless of the engine, the Q5 and Q7 is paired with an Eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive.

The bigger Q7 feels a bit sluggish when powered by the 2.0-liter engine (0-60 mph in 7.1s) but outpaces the Q5 with the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine (0-60 mph in 5.7s).

The Q5 and Q7 deliver a respectable maximum towing capacity of 4,400 pounds, although the Q7 can tow up to 7,700 pounds if matched with the 3.0-liter engine. 

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Fuel Economy

The Q5 is the more fuel efficient car, with a combined mpg of 24 mpg. The Q7 has a gas mileage of 21 mpg regardless of engine. Over time, this improved fuel efficiency of the Q5 can yield further cost savings over the Q7. 

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Ride and Handling

Both Audis offer adaptive air suspension which means you can lower or raise the vehicle depending on whether you’re off-roading, driving on the highway or racing around a track. For 2020, they also have the all-new roll stabilization which reduces the risk of rolling the car over. 

As such, the driving experience is very good on either car, but expectedly the smaller Q5 feels slightly more nimble and agile. This makes it slightly favorable for driving around narrow city streets. This is reflected in the Q5’s smaller turning diameter of 38.4 ft. compared to the 40.7 ft. turning diameter on the Q7. 

Both SUVs can be optioned with Audi Virtual Cockpit, considered one of the best digital instrument panels around

Audi Q5 vs Q7: Technology

Audi are one of the best automakers when it comes to innovative technology and intelligent driver assists. 

For 2020, the Q7 gets the same infotainment that is found on the Q8, with two massive HD touch screens with haptic feedback. The Q5 comes with a smaller infotainment, although the ability to upgrade is available. 

Although the Q5 and Q7 both come with various standard features like automatic emergency braking and a rear view camera, buyers will need to look at the Premium Plus trim and above to get the Audi Virtual Cockpit and Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear technologies. 

Verdict

The decision between the Q5 and Q7 should ultimately come down to whether or not you need the additional seating capacity and cargo space provided by the Q7. 

Although the Q7 does offer more standard features, those can all be optioned on the Q5. The Q5 also benefits from smaller body dimensions which makes it more adept at navigating narrow roads.

However, practicality aside, the Q7 does offer a more luxurious design, additional presence on the road and potentially better performance thanks to the availability of the bigger 6-cylinder engine. Some buyers will understandably be tempted by the bigger Q7 for these reasons alone. 


Full Comparison Table

Q5 Premium 45 TFSI quattro ($43,300)
Q7 Premium 45 TFSI quattro ($54,800)
Engine and Transmission
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque
273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Transmission
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive
Other
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
38.4 ft
40.7 ft
Wheels
Front Wheel Size
18″ x 8″
19″ x 8.5″
Rear Wheel Size
18″ x 8″
19″ x 8.5″
Suspension
Front Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Tires
Front Tire
P235/60HR18
P255/55HR19
Rear Tire
P235/60HR18
P255/55HR19
Fuel Economy
Emissions
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
22.5 gallons
Exterior Dimensions
Length
183.6 in
199.6 in
Height
65.3 in
68.5 in
Max Width
74.5 in
77.5 in
Front Width
63.6 in
66.1 in
Rear Width
63.3 in
66.6 in
Wheelbase
111 in
117.9 in
Interior Space
Seating Capacity
5 seater
7 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
41 in
41.7 in
Front Seat Headroom
40.2 in
39.9 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
57.7 in
59.5 in
Rear Seat Leg Room
37.8 in
38.8 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.7 in
38.8 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
56.5 in
58.5 in
Weight and Towing
Infotainment
HD Radio
Standard
Standard
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
Not Available
Not Available
Premium Sound System
Not Available
Not Available
Satellite Radio
Optional
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Entertainment System
Not Available
Not Available
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Interior Trim
Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Standard
Woodgrain Interior Trim
Standard
Standard
Sun/Moonroof
Optional
Standard
Comfort
Head-Up Display
Not Available
Not Available
Navigation System
Not Available
Standard
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Power Liftgate
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Not Available
Automatic Parking
Not Available
Not Available
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Cooled Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Not Available
Cooled Rear Seat(s)
Not Available
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Hands-Free Liftgate
Optional
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Standard
Standard
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Not Available
Optional
Heated Steering Wheel
Not Available
Optional
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Standard
Standard
Seat Memory
Optional
Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard
Seat-Massage
Not Available
Not Available
Rear A/C
Standard
Standard
Keyless Start
Standard
Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Not Available
Not Available
Telematics
Standard
Standard
Safety Features
Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
Rear Parking Aid
Optional
Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Standard
Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Night Vision
Not Available
Not Available
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
US NHTSA crash test result
Airbags
Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Not Available
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Optional
Optional
Seatbelt Air Bag
Not Available
Not Available
Warranty Summary
Basic
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
12 Years / Unlimited Miles
12 Years / Unlimited Miles
Drivetrain
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
4 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / Unlimited Miles