Acura RDX vs. Audi: More Horsepower and Total Cargo Space

April 13th, 2018 by

The luxury compact SUV category is a fierce market of top-of-line makes offering a range of engine options and features. The Acura RDX ranks third out of 15 contenders in US News and World Report’s list of the Best Luxury Compact SUVs. The RDX is also US News and World Report’s pick for Best Cars for the Money, and costs a few thousand less than the top-ranked Audi Q5. Here is how the RDX stacks up to the Audi A4 Allroad, Q3, and Q5 models.

Acura RDX vs Audi: Price and General Comparison

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Acura RDX has more Horsepower and Total Cargo Space than Audi

The base model Acura RDX with AWD has a base price of $37,500, which is $7,000 less than the base price of the Audi A4 Allroad Premium and $4,000 less than the starting price of the Audi Q5 Premium. The starting price of the Audi Q3 is the lowest at $35,000. After five years the Acura RDX has the best residual value, retaining 38% of its original value. The Audi A4 Allroad is a close second at 37%. Acura also has a better powertrain warranty than Audi. Acura’s powertrain warranty is 72 months or 70,000 miles, while Audi’s is 48 months or 50,000 miles.

The Acura RDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Audi A4 Allroad, Audi Q3, and Audi Q5 have 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engines. The Acura RDX makes the most horsepower at 279 horsepower, while the Audi A4 Allroad and Q5 have the most torque. The 2.0-liter turbos may also lend to better fuel economy with the A4 Allroad having the best combined MPG at 27 MPG.

When it comes to cargo space, the Acura RDX is the winner. The total cargo space in the Acura RDX is 61.3 cubic feet. The Q5 is a close second at 60.4 cubic feet. The area behind the second row is 26.1 cubic feet in the Acura RDX. The Audi Q5 has a slight bit more at 26.8 cubic feet.

Acura RDX vs Audi: Interior Features


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Acura RDX: Sport, 10-Way Power Front Seats Come Standard

The Acura RDX base model comes with a host of standard features. The Acura RDX comes with a 10-way power driver’s seat, while the Audi models have 8-way power seats standard. The RDX and A4 Allroad come standard with heated front seats. Heated seats are an available upgrade on the Audi Q3 and Q5. The Acura RDX comes standard with leatherette, sport front seats, while the Audi models come standard with leather seats. Sport seats are an available upgrade on the Audi models.

The Acura RDX and Audi SUVs all come standard with: a center console front armrest, rearview camera, premium sound system, color display, climate control, and a rear-seat armrest. The rearview camera in the Acura RDX is multi-view. The premium sound system in the RDX is seven speakers whereas in the Audi models there are 10 speakers. The color display in the RDX is 5 inches, while in the Audi SUVs it is 7 inches. The Audi models come standard with tri-zone automatic climate control. The RDX has dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Audi Q3 lacks smart entry, push button ignition, and heated seats as standard features.

Acura RDX vs Audi: Exterior Features


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Acura RDX: Hood Dampers and Tilt-Down Mirrors

The Acura RDX comes standard with hood dampers, while there is no mention of them on the Audi models. The Acura RDX also comes standard with reverse gear tilt-down mirrors. There is also no mention of this feature on the Audi SUVs. All models have heated side mirrors standard.

Even though the Audi Q5 is thousands more than the RDX, it lacks LED headlights and a moonroof as standard features.

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†Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors..