Acura RDX vs AUDI Q5

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If you are shopping for a luxury compact SUV, you will quickly notice just how abundant they are on the market; there truly is something for everyone’s taste and budget!

Desjardins Acura has prepared this Acura RDX vs Audi Q5 comparison, to help you see more clearly why the Acura SUV is the smartest choice!

Price and Trims

The Acura RDX comes in 2 trims:

  • A- Spec, MSRP $ 57,190 
  • Platinum Elite A-Spec, MSRP $ 62,590

No matter if you opt for the entry-level RDX or the superior trim, you will definitely enjoy a refined and performant SUV, loaded with a long list of amenities and technologies.

As for the Q5, it is offered in 3 trims, with a price range that is similar to the RDX:

  • Komfort, MSRP $ 52,600
  • Progressiv, MSRP $ 58,500
  • Technik, MSRP $ 62,900
front side view of a 2023 Acura RDX in the desert late afternoon 2023 Acura RDX
front side view of a 2023 Audi Q5 in a parking lot overlooking a city 2023 Audi Q5

Technical Specifications

Both offer performant powertrains; however, the Acura RDX powertrain is slightly more powerful than its rival’s. In fact, under its hood, you will find a 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo with 272 horsepower, coupled with a 10- speed automatic transmission along with a SH-AWD drive system.

Moreover, the RDX can tow up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg).

As for the Audi Q5, the base model comes with a 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo with 201 horsepower, coupled with a 7- speed S tronic transmission, along with all-wheel drive. Superior models are equipped with a 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo with 261 horsepower. Although a good option, cavalry remains inferior from what is offered by the RDX.


Spacious, the Acura RDX can welcome up to 5- passengers with all of their luggage, thanks to the generous amount of cargo space it also offers. You will have access to anywhere from 835 to 881 liters behind 2nd row of seats; when it is folded your RDX can gobble up to anywhere between 1,668 to 2,260 liters of cargo, which is more than the Q5, whose maximum cargo space reaches 1,516 liters.

Interior and Exterior Design

With up to date body colors along with bold and athletic lines, the 2023 Acura RDX is sure to be turning heads everywhere it goes. 20- Inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights and taillights, the double exhaust tip and the muscular fascia make it a truly stunning vehicle!

The modern and streamlined interior will also seduce you thanks to the levels of refinement it offers along with high-quality materials, like with Ultrasuede and leather upholstered seats and metal sports pedals, amongst other things.

Cockpit view of a 2023 d'une Acura RDX Cockpit - 2023 Acura RDX
Cockpit view of a 2023 Audi Q5 Cockpit - 2023 Audi Q5

Amenities and technologies

The Acura RDX is loaded with amenities and technologies; and the long list of equipment it offers is in no way lacking when compared to the Audi Q5. Depending on selected trim and options, aboard your Acura, you could find the following:

  • A 12- or 16- way power driver’s seat (compared to 4 for the Q5)
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Automatic climate control over 2 or 3 zones
  • A peripheral vision system
  • A 10.2- inch screen
  • A navigation system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • A 4G LTE wireless access point
  • And so much more.

Finally, evolved safety technologies are also numerous aboard the Acura RDX:

  • Front collision alert
  • Impact reduction braking
  • Road sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot surveillance
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • And so much more depending on selected options.

Comparison between the Acura RDX and the Audi Q5

Here you have all of the main features and differences between the Acura RDX vs Audi Q5, at a glance:

Acura RDX Audi Q5
Suggested base price $ 57,190 - $ 62,590 $ 52,600 - $ 62,900
Trims 2 3
Powertrains 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
Power 272 horsepower 201—261 horsepower
Drivetrain SH-AWD Quattro
Towing 1,500 pounds 2,750 pounds
Cargo space 835-2,260 liters Maximum 1,516 liters

Would you like to find out more about our comparison between the Acura RDX vs Audi Q5, our special offers or book a test drive for the RDX? Come and visit us at Desjardins Acura today!

rear side view of a 2023 Acura RDX in front of a yellow wall