2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus
vs. 2011 Porsche
Cayenne

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10.0

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$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Has 2 rows of seats
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Moon roof
Standard
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
2011 Porsche Cayenne

9.7

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Porsche Cayenne

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$47,675

Reasons to buy the Porsche Cayenne

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Average cargo space
62.9 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
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  • 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
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the Cayenne , too, but it'll cost
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • Gets 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 15 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,300 cheaper (around 10% less), $43,375 vs $47,675
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • More gears
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.7

Entertainment System

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Q5 Premium Plus
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2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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Number of speakers 10 vs 12 Both have more speakers, but the Cayenne in particular has a large number
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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 Cayenne does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the Cayenne , too, but it'll cost
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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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Cayenne ; but it's not available at all on the Q5 Premium Plus

Cost

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Q5 Premium Plus
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2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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MSRP $43,375 vs $47,675 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 15 mpg The Q5 Premium Plus has OK city mileage, while the Cayenne is very inefficient
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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

Safety Features

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Cayenne
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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 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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

Performance

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Cayenne
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Cayenne is fairly powerful, but the Q5 Premium Plus is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Q5 Premium Plus's semi-automatic transmission and the Cayenne 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions 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 14.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 39.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Cayenne
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Q5 Premium Plus's standard sun roof
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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 Cayenne ; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Cayenne
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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

Practicality

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Cayenne
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 62.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1713 lb
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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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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of cupholders, but the Cayenne does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Q5 Premium Plus
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Cayenne
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 7.8 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 134 ft The Q5 Premium Plus has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Cayenne is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 93 mph vs 15.9 s @ 90 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 142 mph

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