Comparison: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5

Cadillac's SRX has grown beyond its sporty wagon pretensions and is now targeting the heart of the luxury crossover market. The strategy seems to be working, as it's already selling much better than the outgoing model (which, we should note, won a few Automobile Magazine All-Star awards in its time), and yet, it seems Cadillac isn't quite ready to give up on having some high-roof fun. To that end, the premium model featured here has ditched the wheezy base 3.0-liter V-6 and standard front-wheel-drive configuration in favor of a turbocharged, 2.8-liter V-6 producing 300 hp and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive - the same setup found in the Saab 9-3 Aero and Opel Insignia OPC. Given these macho specs, we thought it was time to measure the SRX against the best in its class, which, in our estimation, means the Audi Q5. The Q5 won our three-way crossover shootout last year and has since become a well-regarded member of our Four Seasons fleet for its sporting demeanor, handsome exterior, and, yes, Audi-like interior. Does it have what it takes to fend off the brasher and more powerful Cadillac? Read on for our impressions.

Eyes on me

Audi has risen from something of an also-ran to a luxury leader over the last decade thanks largely to its expressive design language. The Q5 continues Audi's winning streak, successfully scaling down the shape of the handsome Q7 and flashing high-dollar cues like LED daytime running lamps. Of course, Cadillac has enjoyed a design renaissance of its own in recent years and hasn't let up with the SRX. From some angles the styling can appear a bit busy, but overall, the trademark angular design does a great job of visually shrinking a vehicle that's actually eight inches longer and more than an inch wider than the Q5. Really, there's no wrong choice here - both crossovers carry out the distinct, premium language of their brand without being stale - but we'd give the slight edge to the fresher Cadillac.

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Don't worry about my one purchase, Plato. Why not go after the NY Yankees who have chosen Audi as its premier sponsor.
Nice job guys. You had the chance to funnel nearly $50k into the desparate U.S. economy...and chose NOT to do so. I guess self preservation isn't a high priority in the premium automobile market.
Ended up going with the Q5. Picking it up Saturday.
I haven't made up my mind yet on either vehicle.I did do some further checking and, you are correct about the rear air bags. Turns out that both the SRX and Q5 have rear curtain airbags. The optional rear air bags on the Q5 are not safe for a child so this is now a non-factor.
Makemineblack,$8k? Again, where are you getting your numbers?Here is a quote from a local dealer for an SRX 2.8T with the Performance Package & Rear DVD:I'm pleased to present your price quote on the 2010 Cadillac SRX. MSRP =$51185Gold Coast Exclusive Internet Price =$48566Your "Exclusive Gold Coast Savings" =$2569I came away with the following from an enlightening (doh!) visit to a local Audi dealer: Triple black Q5 with Premium Plus, Nav, 19" wheels, BO Entertainment, All-weather Matts - $47,115 MSRP - sales price $45,450.Now, I'll save you the subtraction. The Audi is $3,116 less than the SRX.Let me go on - let's say I get them to do the DVD for $2k. The Audi is now $1,116 less.Going a bit further, the Caddy dealer was going to give me an extra $1,000 on my trade (times 7% sales tax in NJ) making the Audi $46 less.Rather than come across as rude and obnoxious, try backing your thoughts up with facts.
u know i'm definitely gonna stand by the guy whos actually purchasing the vehicle here. Its true that lots of high-end automakers offer little features in what should be standard equipment. So, don't try to prove an unsupported point. Nevertheless, the Caddy costs 8k more, so $2300- still an outrageous amount- are still a better deal
hey theroider for the 8k you are willing to spend to have your cockpit heated in the mornings your could instead just hire one of the 10.5% unemployed for a lot less to come over and start it for you, keep the change and get the q5 with dvd. maybe spend less time being "enlightened" and do some fact checking. even an idiot knows rear seat airbags are NOT meant for kids. it can be as dangerous as putting them in front of the passenger seat airbag. look it up. guess the caddy dealer neglected to mention it. or maybe that little factoid isnt as important as keeping the junior "roid" happy watching spongebob in the back seat.
Mr. SStreak:Yes, I do think they are important and should have been noted by the reviewer. Why else would I have mentioned it if I didn't think they were important?Q5's may be in high demand now, but I'm not sure where you're getting your info. In December, 2009, per, 1717 Q5's were sold. Per 4,986 SRX's were sold in the same month.I say my trip to the Audi dealer was enlightening. I did find out that Audi does not offer a remote starter in any of its vehicle.You may find these points trivial, but for someone who will be having a 7-year old riding in the back, the rear seat DVD is a necessity as are air bags. And $2300 is an outrageous price to charge for an aftermarket unit.
To Mister theroider - So you consider those 3 points significant? I think you'll be in the minority. Q5's are in large demand right now, can you guess why?
Here are three significant points to consider if you have children (or anyone for that matter) who will be riding in the backseat:A rear seat DVD is not an option on the Q5. I test drove one today and was told they could install one for me for no less than $2295. Wow!Rear airbags are an option on the Q5. Can you imagine that airbags are an option on a $45k vehicle?Finally, and important to me as I live in the cold northeast, the Q5 does not offer a remote starter. The salesman explained that it has to do with electrical problems. Whoa.My choices are between the SRX 2.8T and Q5. Visiting the Audi dealer today and test driving the Q5 was enlightening to say the least. I am glad that I went. I think these glaring oversites on the part of Audi should have been caught and disclosed by Automobile Mag and the other car magazines. I have done extensive reading online and can't say I saw these points mentioned in any of the articles.
Oh and I guess the Caddy costs an extra no thanks! The SRX deserves a better engine (and more expensive looking headlights while they are at it).
Cadillac, a little less refined but more$$$?I bought my CTS new in 2003. I currently have 145,000 on it. It shakes, rattles, and rolls, and has a tranny leak, a rear end leak, and a slight coolant leak. There are more noises with this car than a 1-man band. If it weren't for my current financial woes, I would dump it in a heartbeat.So.... no, it doesn't surprise me to hear this report on a Cadillac product.

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