2019 Audi Q3 vs. Audi Q5: The Differences Aren't Huge

2019 Audi Q3 vs. Audi Q5: The Differences Aren't Huge 1 photo
Photo: YouTube screenshot/Audi Sport Mike
Both are SUVs and come standard with 2-liter turbo engines. But Audi priced the new-for-2019 Q3 crossover at just $34,700 while the model from the segment above, the Q5, starts from $42,950.
That's about $8,500 more, so for the benefit of Audi buyers everywhere, we need to find out if it's worth spending more to get a better luxury car. But first, let's talk about the space since this is very importan0t for any SUV owner.

Starting with the trunk, YouTuber Audi Sport Mike finds that the Q3's is 35 inches long and the Q5's is 38 inches. That might sound bad, but you can slide the rear seats in both models, which results in exactly the same trunk length: 41.5 inches.

So what about styling? Well, it's pretty clear which is the bolder car here. The new Q3 has a noticeably bigger grille and the S line package is more aggressive than on most other Audis. Its headlights, sharing inspiration with the e-tron, have a more futuristic look than the ones on the aging Q5.

With it being cheaper, you'd think the Q3 has the worse interior. And while there might be a few places where they cut costs, we can't see them. This compact model has innovations like inverted door handles and a nice mix of materials on the angular dashboard. Both crossovers have Virtual Cockpit, the one in the Q5 seems to be slightly worse. Still, the infotainment of the small model is a fingerprint magnet and the volume nob looks like a design afterthought.

As for the powertrains, the Q3's 2-liter turbo makes 228 horsepower, which is about 20 less than the Q5. The bigger SUV has a slightly smoother ride and its twin-clutch gearbox could be a little quicker than the 8-speed auto used in the Q3.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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