2019 Lexus RX 350 vs 2019 Audi Q5

The Lexus brand has taken on the German carmakers since its inception, delivering levels of engineering, quality, performance, and reliability that the German marques have been hard-pressed to match. Today, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 carries on the proud Lexus tradition in a head-to-head matchup against the Audi Q5. Read on to find out who won this challenge, and then come in to Birchwood Lexus to test drive the 2019 Lexus RX 350 in Winnipeg today.

The Basics: Size and Layout

The Lexus RX 350 and the Audi Q5 compete in the same SUV segment in terms of price. However, the RX 350 is a noticeably larger vehicle, fitting into the mid-size SUV category. The Audi Q5 doesn't quite get there, falling into the compact SUV class. The size difference isn't huge--a length of 4.89m for the Lexus vs. 4.66m for the Audi--but it means the Lexus offers slightly better front and rear legroom and shoulder room. The Audi does offer more cargo room. But step up to the RX 350L model and the Lexus offers an advantage the Audi Q5 doesn't provide at any price: third-row seating, available in either 6 or 7 passenger configurations.

Under the Hood

The RX 350's size advantage continues to its engine bay, where you'll find a V6 compared to the Q5's inline 4-cylinder powerplant. The specifications below are for comparably priced models, both equipped with all-wheel-drive.

Engine Specifications

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Audi Q5

Engine Displacement

3.5 Litres

2.0 Litres

Cylinder Configuration




295 @ 6,300 RPM

248 @ 5,000 RPM


Lexus has always placed a premium on delivering value for your luxury car dollars. As such, you can expect a Lexus model to deliver more comfort, convenience, and safety features than its competitors. The following table lists the advantages provided by the RX 350 compared to the Q5 when both are comparably priced at approximately $55,350 for the Lexus and $55,600 for the Audi.


2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Audi Q5


8-speed automatic

7-speed auto-shift manual

Front Fog Lights



Driver & Passenger Side Mirrors

Ppwer remote w/tilt down

Power remote

Cargo Net



12V DC Power Outlets



Overhead Storage Console



Tilting & Telescoping Steering Wheel

Yes - power

Yes - manual

Ventilated Front Seats

Driver & passenger


Front Passenger Lumbar Support

Power 2-way


CD Player



Low Tire Pressure Warning

Yes - specifies which tire

Yes - doesn't specify which tire

Seatbelt Pre-tensioners

Front and rear

Front only

Distance Pacing Cruise Control

Yes, with traffic stop-go



Here the RX 350 is far ahead of the Q5, reflecting the confidence Lexus has in the reliability and durability of the RX 350 and all Lexus vehicles:

Warranty Feature

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Audi Q5


72 months

48 months

Powertrain distance

110,000 km

80,000 km

Roadside assistance


80,000 km

Fuel Economy

The Audi Q5 with its smaller engine gets slightly better fuel economy. However, Lexus recommends regular fuel for the RX 350 while the Audi requires premium fuel. Given how notoriously expensive premium fuel is in Canada, at current prices you'll quite likely pay less per mile to drive the Lexus.

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