2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Audi Q5

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Audi Q5

2017 Audi Q5

Announcing itself with its striking front end and stylish body, the 2017 Acura RDX offers Tinley Park and Orland Park area drivers the elegant and sophisticated SUV experience they need. With a performance that emphasizes its graceful and comfortable ride, the RDX stands out from the rest of its peers. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison with the 2017 Audi Q5, and see for yourself how luxurious the RDX truly is with a test drive at Joe Rizza Acura.


The new 2017 Acura RDX features a 105.7-inch wheelbase — enough interior space for a spacious cabin without sacrificing quality handling. Its 3.5L aluminum alloy V6 engine delivers an astounding 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The RDX accelerates smoothly, and it offers enough power to turn even the roughest ride into a smooth experience. With a front-wheel drivetrain, the Acura RDX boasts a confident and assured ride. Drivers can also choose an all-wheel drivetrain, which makes it versatile and adaptable to any road conditions. And with a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, the RDX strikes the right balance of rigidity and looseness, so that it can offer an intuitive and complex ride that can still respond with ease.

The longer 2017 Audi Q5, on the other hand, features a 110.5-inch wheelbase. This extended body makes it more difficult to turn, impairing the Q5’s overall handling. This is also reflected in its trapezoidal-link rear suspension, which is far more rigid than the RDX’s multi-link suspension. What’s more, the 16-valve, four-cylinder TFSI engine of the Q5 only reaches 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This makes the Q5’s significantly sluggish and labored when compared to the effortless ride of the RDX, putting the Audi at a steep disadvantage.


You can’t judge an SUV solely on performance, though. So, let’s check out the available features on both the Acura RDX and the Audi Q5.

2017 Acura RDX:

  • Perforated leather seats
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Ten-speaker ELS premium audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision mitigation braking system

2017 Audi Q5:

  • Leather seats
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Ten speaker audio system
  • Conventional cruise control
  • Dual-stage airbags

The Winner: The 2017 Acura RDX

The 2017 Audi Q5 offers drivers a comfortable driving experience, but its performance, design, and features pale in comparison to the 2017 Acura RDX. The RDX promises more power and torque, more nuanced and complex handling, and a superior selection of interior features.

Test Drive the 2017 Acura RDX at Joe Rizza Acura

See how the 2017 Acura RDX compares to the 2017 Audi Q5 with a visit to Joe Rizza Acura. Call us at 800-952-7697 to schedule an appointment, or get in touch online. We’ll see you soon at 8150 W 159th St in Orland Park, IL!