150 Series LC5 Toyota Prado Vs Audi Q5

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I put this page up so that you can compare the 150 series LandCruiser Prado to the Audi Q5. The Audi Q5 can be described 'loosely ' as a wagon version of the A4 but with traditional SUV wagon styling. Both cars are not comparable in a true sense apart from their pricing. 

So before you consider the Prado or the Q5 the most important point is that the Q5 is a smaller car in some dimensions and more in common with the Volvos XC, BMW X3 and even the Toyota Kluger. These SUVs are for suburban duties rather than off-road despite what the advertising leads you to believe.

We think the the Q5 is a pretty decent car although its still not the perfect combination of SUV that we are looking for. In base trim it looks very average which is a pity. Read below for what we think after a test drive.

 


Audi Q5
VS
150 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

We are looking for a smaller SUV, now that petrol and diesel prices continue to rise and also a significant reduction in the need to travel interstate or long distances. Since the Q5 is in the same price range we're looking at so it was worth the effort to give it a drive.

In terms of exterior design the Audi Q5 is not too bad. The only thing that raises a question mark is the 'sad' rear end. It looks unhappy, not good unhappy either. The side is bubble like and reminds us of the Nissan Murano. We love the front end though. It is much classier than say the more aggressive Outlander and BMW. However parked next to the 2011 Kia Sportage it looks bloated and old.

The interior design of the while good very nice and well made with plenty of space lacks the convenience of pockets of regular SUVs we've been looking at. We prefer the Volvo or even the Lexus RX in terms of feeling comfortable straight away.

Driving the Q5 is not a revelation. There is nothing sporty or feel that special to make it stand out - it is better than the CRV though. The ride is average and handling is not a huge leap from any of the SUVs we've tried. It is much more expensive than the others too so we expected much more but to be honest no here near $20,000 more. Especially when the cheaper models are 4-5 years old in design the Q5 is not a great leap forward. If you really want an Audi for image alone sure go for it. However you want value for money and more substance you really must try the others before the Audi and judge for your self.

 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
June 2011

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 Approx $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Audi Q5
2011 FROM APPROX $59,990

 

 

150 series Landcruiser Prado Audi Q5 (8R series)

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM

4 Cylinder
IL4 Petrol (95 Octane)
Twin Cam Turbo - Intercooler EFI
2 Litre (1984cc)
Claimed 155Kw @ 4300-6000RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 1500-4200RPM

4 Cylinder
IL4 Diesel
DOHC - Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
2 Litre (1986cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 4200RPM
Claimed 350Nm @ 1750-2500RPM

V6 Cylinder
V6 Diesel
DOHC - VVT - Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2967cc)
Claimed 176Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 500Nm @ 1500 RPM

V6 Cylinder
IL 4 Petrol (95 Octane)
Twin Cam Turbo - Intercooler EFI
3.2 Litre (3197cc)
Claimed 199Kw @ 6500RPM
Claimed 330Nm @ 3000RPM
 

Weight  
Kerb weight 2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Kerb weight (From) 1740Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000Kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
75 litres
IL4 Petrol (2.0) 8.5 litres per 100km
IL4 Diesel (2.0) 6.8 litres per 100km
V6 Diesel (3.0) 7.5 litres per 100km
V6 Petrol (3.2) 9.3 litres per 100km
 
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1905/1875
Overall length/Wheelbase 4850/2790
Track (front/rear) 1575/1575
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
ANCAP 4/5
7 spd Auto transmission
Overall height/Overall width 1653/1880
Overall length/Wheelbase 4629/2807
Track (front/rear) 1617/1613
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
Selectable modes
ANCAP 5/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Min ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 25
Departure 
Breakover 14.6
Min ground clearance 200mm
Water Fording depth 500mm Max
Performance  
Performance figures IL4 2.0 litre Petrol 0-100 7.2 secs
IL4 2.0 litre Diesel 0-100 9.9 secs
V6 3.0 litre Diesel 0-100 6.5 secs
V6 3.0 litre Petrol 0-100 6.9 secs
 
Pricing  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
 
2011 FROM APPROX $59,990
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!


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