Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Audi Q5 Shown

Audi Q5 vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2018 Audi Q5 and 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport have two popular midsized luxury SUVs. Many customers in this segment will cross-shop the two models, though, through careful evaluation of data collected from several sources — but the clear choice between the two remains the Audi Q5. Here’s why:

Engine

Both models are equipped with a 2.0 L turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine. Through its extensive experience developing turbocharged engines since the 1980s, Audi is able to deliver 22 additional horsepower but does so at an engine speed of 500 rpm lower than the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This means you don’t have to accelerate as hard with the Audi to merge onto a busy highway.

Additionally, the Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more efficient than a conventional automatic transmission but just as easy to drive. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission. In addition, the launch control of the Q5 uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Discovery Sport does not offer launch control.

Fuel Economy

The Audi Q5 delivers better fuel economy ratings in EPA testing, with a two-to-three-mile per gallon advantage over the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While that may not seem like that much of a difference, over three years of ownership the Audi Q5 could save you several hundred dollars in fuel costs. One of the reasons for this is that the Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd, which is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quiet and helps the Q5 achieve better fuel mileage.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Q5 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport. The Q5 also features a significantly larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (26.8 vs. 6.8 cubic feet). And, with the rear seat folded, the Audi Q5 provides slightly more cargo room than the Discovery Sport (60.4 vs. 60 cubic feet).

Comfort and Convenience

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming of the rear and side view mirrors, which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Discovery Sport offers an automatic rearview mirror, but its side mirrors do not dim.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport does not offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study of surveyed new car owners indicate that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles.

And, should you ever need service or repairs when traveling, there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers. In addition, The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event that the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery Sport does not offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport does not offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Discovery Sport does not offer a post-collision braking system.

To learn more about the comfort, convenience, and safety features of the Audi Q5, please come to see us at Audi Petoskey where we’ll guide you around the vehicle and send you out on a test drive so you can experience all the Q5 has to offer for yourself.

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

2019 Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

The experts have rendered their decision and the Audi Q7 is a better all-around choice than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. In a multi-vehicle test of premium SUVs, Car and Driver ranked the Audi Q7 Prestige first. They ranked the Range Rover Sport HSE third. After thorough evaluations, the leading consumer publication in the US, Consumer Reports, chose the Audi Q7 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

So let’s take a deep dive into why the experts have chosen the Audi Q7 over the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 

Acceleration

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6 is quicker in a 0-60 mph sprint than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6, reaching that speed nearly 10 percent faster. In fact, of all the acceleration tests conducted by Car and Driver, the Audi Q7 was faster to 100 mph, from 5 mph to 60 mph, and on the quarter-mile drag strip.

Fuel Economy

Surprisingly, despite its faster acceleration, the Audi Q7 V6 achieves better mileage than the Range Rover Sport V6, with a margin of six mpg in both City and Highway cycles. Fill-ups are less expensive in the Audi Q7 which uses regular unleaded gasoline (though premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires only premium gasoline which carries a significant price penalty.

Performance

In braking tests, Consumer Reports recorded stops from 60 mph in 127 feet for the Audi Q7 and 137 feet for the Range Rover Sport, a full ten-foot difference. To put that in perspective, an Audi A3 is 14 feet long, and stopping 10 feet shorter can mean the difference between a safe stop and a collision.

The Audi Q7 provides both a smoother ride due to its longer wheelbase, but still out handles the Range Rover Sport on the skidpad, recording a significantly higher 0.85 lateral Gs versus the Range Rover Sport’s 0.62 G performance. This is due, in a great part,  to the Q7 being fitted with larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19). The Q7’s optional tires are also larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (285/45R20 vs. 275/40R22).

Comfort and Convenience

On the road, the interior of the Audi Q7 has proven itself quieter than the Range Rover Sport. In interior sound testing conducted by Car and Driver, the Q7 was quieter than the Range Rover Sport by 2 dB at idle and 9 dB at full throttle. The decibel scale is a logarithmic scale where a 6 dB increase in level is perceived by the human ear to be twice as loud.

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Sport’s in almost every dimension. The Audi offers 5.8 cubic feet more of storage space than the Range Rover Sport behind the third-row seat (a grocery bag is about one cubic foot). The third-row seat in the Range Rover Sport cannot be folded but removed entirely. Even with the seat removed, the Audi Q7 offers nearly 10cubic feet more behind the second-row seats. And with the second row folded, the Audi cargo area jumps to 71.6 cubic feet versus the Land Rover Sport at 62.2 cubic feet.

Warranty and Service

Should you be taking a trip out of your area, it’s reassuring to know that there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty, which includes a corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years). However, the need for warranty service is less likely in an Audi. According to J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles.

Safety

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a post-collision braking system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety granted the Q7 the rating of Top Pick, a rating achieved by only 117 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not yet been tested; however, no other Land Rover vehicle has earned Top Pick status in its category.

To learn more about the advantages of owning an Audi Q7 SUV as well as to take one out on a test drive, come visit us at Audi Petoskey.

Audi Q8 vs Land Rover Range Rover Velar

2019 Audi Q8

Audi Q8 vs Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Audi Q8 offers a unique performance that blends sport and utility into a momentous SUV design. The Q8 seamlessly integrates technology and advanced driver assistance systems, with standard seating for up to five passengers and, with the rear seats folded, class-leading cargo capacity. Let’s see how the similarly-price Land Rover Range Rover Velar stacks up against the Q8.

Engine

The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces a significant 88 more horsepower and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque than that produced by the standard 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Range Rover Velar P250. Even when compared to the Range Rover Velar P380 3.0 L supercharged V6 the Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 is capable of operating on regular unleaded gasoline, though premium recommended for maximum performance. The only choice with the Range Rover Velar reis premium unleaded. In addition, the Q8 has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Velar’s standard fuel tank.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Velar. For better handling and stability, the track of the Q8 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Range Rover Velar. For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Velar and the Q8’s optional tires are larger than any tire available on the Range Rover Velar.

Interior Comfort

The Q8’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Velar and is not available on all models.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Velar does not offer extendable visors. A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Range Rover Velar does not offer a rear sunshade.

The Q8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the Audi can be started from inside the driver’s home. 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 Range Rover Velar does not offer a remote starting system.

Towing Capacity

If you’re considering a vehicle in the class to tow a boat or camper, consider that the Q8’s standard towing capacity of 7700 lbs. is much higher than the Range Rover Velar’s 5291 lbs.

Warranty and Reliability

The J.D. Power and Associates 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. While the J.D. Power and Associates 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi above the industry average for reliability. Land Rover is ranked 30th.

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier to service your Q8 under the warranty. And the Q8’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Velar’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Safety

The Q8’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer pre-crash pre-tensioners. The Q8 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Velar doesn’t offer a post-collision braking system.

In addition, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q8 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar does not offer height-adjustable seat belts.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover Velar does not offer a night vision system.

Both the Q8 and the Range Rover Velar have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q8 weighs 533 to 984 pounds more than the Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

To learn more about the standard and available features of the Audi A8, as well as take one out for a test drive, please come see us at Audi Petoskey.

What ISN’T Covered by the Manufacturer’s New Car Warranty?

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Congratulations on your purchase of a new car, truck, or SUV from Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi.  Along with the purchase you receive one of the most competitive warranties in the automotive industry. For Buick vehicles, you receive a four year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a six year powertrain limited warranty with no deductible, and an eight year/100,000 mile eAssist Coverage. 

GMC vehicles offer similar coverage with a three year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a five year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and two corrosion warranties. Both Buick and GMC offer 24/7 roadside assistance, and courtesy transportation. While you’re well covered for any defects in manufacturing or workmanship, there are still a number of items not covered under the warranty.

To provide better peace-of-mind to owners, both Buick and GMC offer a suite of extended warranty coverages for vehicle owners. In most cases, it’s not required that you purchase this coverage when you purchase the vehicle – the additional coverage can be added at a later time.

Buick

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Buick offers a number of valuable coverage options on its vehicles. The Buick Protection Plan comes with extras in addition to coverage for approved repairs, including lost key and lockout, trip interruption, towing and road service, and rental car reimbursement. The Buick Protection Plan is available at Silver and Platinum levels. The Platinum Plan offers the same protection as the Silver Plan but adds additional covered components.

Two other coverages that owners may be interested in are the Tire and Wheel protection that safeguards your tires and wheels from potential covered road hazards and Pre-Paid Maintenance, Pre-Paid Maintenance Plus, which covers the cost of specified scheduled maintenance for the life of the contract. The Plus plan offers the same coverage as the standard contract, but with the addition of items like air filters, transmission, and other fluid changes, and spark plugs.

For individuals who choose to lease their new Buick, there are several coverages available including GAP Coverage, XS Wear Lease Protection, and Advanced Lease Protection.

GMC

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Likewise, GMC offers a range of coverage on its trucks and SUVs. The GMC Protection Plan is easy to purchase. Like Buick, you simply choose the coverage that’s right for you, Silver or Platinum, along with your deductible and contract term. The GMC Protection Plan comes with extras in addition to coverage for approved repairs, including lost key and lockout, trip interruption, towing and road service, along with rental car reimbursement.

The same coverages are available to individuals who choose to lease their new GMC truck or SUV, including GAP Coverage, XS Wear Lease Protection, and Advanced Lease Protection.

GM Coverage

Buick and GMC Pre-Paid Maintenance and Buick and GMC Pre-Paid Maintenance Plus are available for your new, used, or leased Buick or GMC vehicle. Terms ranging from 24 months/30,000 miles to 180 months/150,000 miles are available, depending upon how long you plan to keep the vehicle. And if you sell or trade the vehicle before the warranty expires, the remainder is transferable to the next owner.

If a covered breakdown occurs in either your covered Buick or GMC, you’ll also have access to the Certified Service technicians at any one of the 4,000+ GM dealerships nationwide. These technicians are specially trained to work on GM vehicles. They can even use the same quality parts as those used when your vehicle was first built.

Audi Coverage

Audi’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty is simple — four years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The vehicle is also covered with four years of Audi 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.  Audi offers three levels of its vehicle Service Plan: Powertrain, Silver, and Gold. Audi Vehicle Service Protection (VSP) is designed to help protect you from unanticipated expenses that come with unexpected repairs. It delivers benefits beyond your factory warranty program, with coverage options for mechanical repairs that include parts and labor up to 10 years or 120,000 miles, you pay nothing on covered repairs other than the deductible you select.

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The company also offers Audi Term Protection which covers parts and labor for wearable components for up to four years or 60,000 miles, with no deductible for the entire period. So when parts such as brake pads, belts, and windshield wiper blades wear out, your Audi dealer will replace them at no additional cost to you

This is but a brief overview of the types of coverages that are available. For complete details, including brochures and sample contracts for you to review, come to the warranty experts at Fletch’s Buick, GMC, Audi in Petoskey, MI for complete details. They’ll be able to tailor a program to meet your needs regardless of the level or term of coverage that you seek. And most importantly, you’ll leave with one additional feature: peace of mind.