Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Edge VS 2018 Audi Q5 Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Edge

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2018 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Q5 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Edge and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The Q5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 63 more horsepower (315 vs. 252) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport is faster than the Audi Q5:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

16.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

128 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Q5 (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (265/40R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Q5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Q5 (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Q5.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 26.8 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 60.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Q5 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $216 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Q5, including $40 less for an alternator, $28 less for front brake pads, $351 less for a starter, $130 less for fuel injection, $228 less for a fuel pump, $240 less for front struts and $262 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Ford Edge outsold the Audi Q5 by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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