2011 Audi
A6 Premium
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Q5 Premium Plus

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9.8

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$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Average number of gears
6
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More airbags
6
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Audi A6 Premium

9.4

Runner-up

Audi A6 Premium

starting from

$46,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A6 Premium

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range on the highway
633 miles
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
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  • Almost the same
  • The Q5 Premium Plus's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Q5 Premium Plus's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Performance 10.0 vs 8.8
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Q5 Premium Plus's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Rear Curtain), 6 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
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  • Almost the same
  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for more than 3.5x more stuff, 57.3 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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Q5 Premium Plus
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A6 Premium
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Q5 Premium Plus's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the A6 Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Q5 Premium Plus has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the A6 Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the Q5 Premium Plus

Performance

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Q5 Premium Plus
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A6 Premium
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 265 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The Q5 Premium Plus has an OK number of gears, while the A6 Premium has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Q5 Premium Plus's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 14.6 lb/hp The A6 Premium is a sporty car, while the Q5 Premium Plus is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Q5 Premium Plus has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Q5 Premium Plus
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A6 Premium
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the A6 Premium; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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Q5 Premium Plus
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 4 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of airbags, but the A6 Premium is just OK (missing Rear Side, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 455 miles vs 633 miles The A6 Premium gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Q5 Premium Plus gets OK distance
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 The Q5 Premium Plus has OK cargo room, while the A6 Premium has very little
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Q5 Premium Plus's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the A6 Premium cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The A6 Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Q5 Premium Plus
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of cupholders, but the A6 Premium is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Q5 Premium Plus
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MSRP $43,375 vs $46,075 The Q5 Premium Plus has a reasonable price, while the A6 Premium is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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Q5 Premium Plus
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A6 Premium
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Q5 Premium Plus
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 133 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 93.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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