2024 Acura RDX vs Audi Q5 Comparison

One of the most rapidly growing segments in the automotive industry is certainly the premium compact crossover class. With more and more entrants joining the competition each year, these SUVs offer an unparalleled combination of premium comfort, agile performance, and connected tech features that deliver a rewarding experience behind the wheel. If you’ve begun to research your options in this crowded segment, it’s only natural that the dynamic Acura RDX has caught your eye. To demonstrate how the RDX remains the best choice in its class, we’ve taken the time to compare it side-by-side against one of its top rivals – the Audi Q5. Which model will earn the victory? Let’s find out!

Acura RDX Audi Q5

2024 Acura RDX Base

VS

2024 Audi Q5 40 TFSI quattro® Premium

$44,350 ✓

MSRP*

$45,300

272 HP / 280 LB-FT TQ ✓

Horsepower / Torque

201 HP / 236 LB-FT TQ

10-speed ✓

Transmission

7-speed

42 inches ✓

Front Leg Room

40.9 inches

29.5 cubic feet ✓

Rear Cargo Capacity

25.9 cubic feet

12-way ✓

Power Seats

8-way

19-inch ✓

Wheels

18-inch

Standard ✓

Multi-Angle Backup Camera

Optional

Standard ✓

Panoramic Roof

Optional

2 Years / 24,000 miles

Included Maintenance

None

Acura RDX Interior

With such similar starting prices, the RDX and the Audi Q5 seem like they would be pretty evenly equipped, and to a certain extent they are as both come with standard all-wheel drive, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, and luxury touches like heated front seats. But that’s where the similarities end. That 2.0-liter engine in the Acura generates 71 MORE horsepower than the same size engine in the Audi. That gap is large enough that even optioning up to the 45 TFSI Engine in the Q5 still leaves you with less power than the standard RDX engine. Handling all of this power in the RDX is a 10-speed automatic transmission, which makes better use of the power than you’ll get from the 7-speed transmission in the Q5.

The exterior dimensions of these two vehicles are also quite similar, and some of the interior dimensions are as well - for instance the identical rear legroom. But the RDX is longer by just enough to give you an extra inch of front legroom and noticeably more rear cargo space. And to help you enjoy that extra legroom in the front, the 12-way power-adjustable seats give you more control over how you like your seat. And this is only the start of the differences in equipment. The RDX comes with bigger wheels, a multi-angle backup camera, and a panoramic roof all as standard. All of those features can be had on the Q5 as well, but they all cost extra, and the Q5 is already the more expensive of the two. On that subject, the RDX comes with two years / 24,000 miles of routine maintenance included in the price. That’s compared to the 0 years and 0 miles for the Q5. While these two might have started out looking pretty similar, a closer look reveals the Audi to be a shockingly poor value for money.


Acura RDX A-Spec

Winner - Acura RDX

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the obvious winner of this competitive comparison is the Acura RDX. The Audi Q5 is unable to compete with the capable performance, premium features, clever engineering, and groundbreaking technology found across the Acura RDX model range. Ready to get behind the wheel and experience the RDX for yourself? Visit us today at Joe Rizza Acura to find the RDX model that’s perfect for your lifestyle and driving habits.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.