Planning to buy a luxurious SUV and in dilemma of what is the difference in Q5 and Q7! Audi is world’s most innovative automobile industry that has grown tremendously in the last few years, so if you are considering about these cars, you are bringing a very trusted brand to your home.

2011 Audi Q5 Front

2011 Audi Q5

Before comparing, let’s first talk about the similarities about these SUVs. Both are the off-road SUVs from the much known house of Audi and are one of the best wheels to own. Both incorporate various safety measures like EBD, ESP, ABS, ASR and EDL which ensure the very safe driving in any condition. These were the only similarities between these two.

2011 Audi Q7 Front

2011 Audi Q7

Now moving forward to the actual Q5 vs. Q7; the first thing is the seating capacity, Q5 comfortably seats 5 passengers whereas Q7 is made for 7 with extra third row for two more persons. Q7 has much longer wheelbase and is 460mm longer than the Q5. If one has to use the vehicle for inside city purpose, its recommended to go for Q5, as when you are driving in a city, the size does matters a lot. Q7 has a much powerful diesel engine and the newer clean diesel technology in the 3.0 TDI variant is so refined that one would feel like driving a gasoline engine. The frontal look of Q7 comprises of dual daytime running lights, one above the headlights and second at the bumper, which gives this bold SUV a far sighted look and it can be easily identified from even a greater distance.

2011 Audi Q5 Interior

Audi Q5 Interior

2011 Audi Q7 Interior

Audi Q7 Interior

There are few features that exclusively define the Audi Q7 to a different level.

-          It’s adaptive suspension system which electronically controls the air suspensions with continuously adaptive damping system. The system automatically adjusts the riding height according to road conditions. You can even customize according to your suits. There is a choice of 5 modes (automatic, comfort, dynamic, off-road and lift) selected via the MMI system.

-          Its unique Foot operated parking brake eases the driver for convenience.

-          Its service key memorizes individual settings for drivers and also the service information of vehicle.

-          Wisely created inside cabin hosts many convenience features like cup holders at the third row, multi-function steering wheel even in the standard trim, luggage net and rear LED lights.

Q5 and Q7, both come with same number of trim levels; standard, SE and S line. The standard trim of Q7 contains much more features than the Q5 in both the terms of engine and functionalities. The standard trim of Q7 includes many features that are available in the premium trims of Q5.

8-Speed Tiptronic transmission comes as a standard in Q7 whereas Q5 carries number of options according to trims but still there is no option for 8-speed tiptonic. The engine option also varies a lot in both and is defined in the tables below:

Q5 Engines (All engines come with QUATTRO as standard)

Engine Power Transmission Availability in
2.0 TFSI 180PS 6-speed manual Standard, SE, S line and S line Special Edition
2.0 TFSI 211PS 6-speed manual Standard, SE, S line and S line Special Edition
3.2 FSI 270PS 7-speed S tronic SE, S line and S line Special Edition
2.0 TDI 143PS 6-speed manual Standard, SE, S line and S line Special Edition
2.0 TDI 170PS 6-speed manual Standard, SE, S line and S line Special Edition
3.0 TDI 240PS 7-speed S tronic SE, S line and S line Special Edition

Q7 Engines (All engines come with QUATTRO as standard)

Engine Power Transmission Availability in
3.0 TFSI 272PS 8-speed tiptronic Standard, SE and S line
3.0 TFSI 333PS 8-speed tiptronic SE and S line
3.0 TDI 240PS 8-speed tiptronic Standard, SE and S line
3.0 TDI Clean Diesel 240PS 8-speed tiptronic Standard, SE and S line
4.2 TDI 340PS 8-speed tiptronic SE and S line

2011 Audi Q5 Rear

Audi Q5 Rear

2011 Audi Q7 Rear View

Audi Q7 Rear

So, it clearly depicts that the engines of Q7 are much more powerful than those of Q5 but accordingly, they consume a lot of fuel too. The most efficient model in Audi Q5 petrol engine is 2.0 TFSI which returns mileage of 34.9mpg and in the diesel variant, 2.0 TDI engine achieves 45.6mpg. Audi Q7, being loaded with much powerful engines and off-road capability returns a very poor average fuel economy of 26.4mpg with its 3.0 TFSI engine and 38.2mpg with 3.0 TDI variant. So, if your priority is performance and the mileage doesn’t matters, than Q7 is the better option, and if you can satisfy yourself with a bit less powerful engine, Q5 is also no less.

Audi Q7 can be considered as a Lion and Q5, a Tiger. I hope that everyone knows the difference between the habits of both.

At the end, we can define Audi Q5 as a compact sized SUV built mainly for inside city purpose. One should also consider that it only seats 5 passengers. Audi Q7 is highly for aimed guys who love to drive off-road and travel frequent to distant places with no compromise. The price range has a big gap too, as the base range of Q5 starts at £27,980.00 and the max loaded version Q5 S line Special Edition comes at £40,745.00. Now if we say about the Q7, it just starts at £40,975.00 and the fully loaded version Q7 S line comes at £55,185. Buy a fully loaded model of Q5 and you are going to love it.