2018 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2018 Audi Q5

2018 CADILLAC XT5 VS. 2018 AUDI Q5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is a popular option among luxury crossover buyers because of its composed handling, attractive cabin, and great value for the money. Despite being categorized as a midsize SUV, it is often compared to the compact Audi Q5 because the two vehicles share many similarities. However, these two SUVs are also different in many ways. Explore the following comparison to help inform your new vehicle buying decision.


The 2018 Cadillac XT5 has a more powerful engine than the 2018 Audi Q5. Its 3.6-liter DOHC V6 is rated at 310 horsepower, while the Audi Q5 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers only 252 horsepower. The Cadillac XT5 comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and reduced engine speed on the highway. The Q5, however, relies on a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Additionally, the Cadillac offers a smoother and more stable ride with its 1 1/2-inch longer wheelbase and 0.95 wider average track. It also has better stopping power, needing only 111 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph. The Audi’s stopping distance from 60 mph is 136 feet.


The 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes with a number of fuel-saving features. The vehicle is equipped with an engine control system that can turn off half of its engine’s cylinders to improve fuel efficiency. The SUV also features an automatic engine start and stop system that automatically shuts down the engine when it comes to a standstill at traffic lights or in heavy traffic. The 2018 Audi Q5 does not have these features.

In addition, the Cadillac XT5 runs on regular unleaded gasoline, while the Audi Q5 needs premium gasoline to achieve maximum efficiency. You can expect to reap the benefits of fuel savings with the Cadillac XT5. Filling up the tank is also easier with the Cadillac XT5 because its fuel capacity is 0.9 gallon more than the Audi’s fuel capacity. The Cadillac XT5 AWD offers an even longer range between fill-ups. Its standard fuel tank can hold 3.2 gallons more fuel than that of the Audi Q5.


Both the 2018 Cadillac XT5 and 2018 Audi Q5 have many features to help you stay safe on the road, including an array of airbags, height-adjustable shoulder belts, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, traction control, daytime running lights, and many driver assistance systems. However, the Cadillac XT5 has a slight advantage in the safety department with additional features such as a back-seat reminder and reverse automatic braking.


When you choose the 2018 Cadillac XT5, you will get a powertrain warranty that lasts two years or 20,000 miles longer than the 2018 Audi Q5 warranty. You’ll also receive complimentary maintenance for four years and 50,000 miles. Audi pays only for the first maintenance visit.

Despite costing slightly less than the 2018 Audi Q5, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 has an advantage in many departments, from performance to safety. Whether you need an SUV for daily commuting or long-distance travel, you can count on the Cadillac XT5 to meet and exceed your expectations. Learn more about this vehicle by visiting Hennessy Cadillac in Duluth, Georgia.

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