Comparison: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5

Interiors should be seen, not heard

Of course, luxury crossovers trade more on the design of their interiors. Traditionally, this would have been an easy, decisive advantage for Audi. And yet, glancing about the cabins of each vehicle, it's hard to declare a winner straightaway. To be sure, the Q5 is laid out and executed to the brand's typically high standards, but the SRX, for its part, will look familiar to anyone who's sat in a CTS, and that's a good thing. Cadillac's materials are hard to fault, also. Both of our test vehicles came equipped with all manner of electronic conveniences, along with panoramic sunroofs, and the pricier Cadillac adds a rear-seat entertainment system. The array of buttons and a displays that make up Audi's latest Man-Machine Interface [MMI] look impressive, but if your ego can handle asking for directions, Cadillac's OnStar-backed system will at the press of one button connect you with a representative who can find just about any point of interest and beam them to your nav screen. (OnStar is free for the first year, and then costs $299 annually).

Which vehicle is more comfortable depends entirely on how many passengers you intend on bringing along. Though the Q5 is the smaller vehicle, it's actually more comfortable for one or two adults in back thanks to the deeply sculpted front seatbacks. It's only when loaded with five passengers that the Cadillac asserts its size advantage, and its flat rear floor makes the middle rear seat far more livable than the kids-only middle seat in the Q5. Loading goods into either vehicle is a synch, thanks to their similar power liftgates and underfloor storage compartments. The SRX has an ultimate cargo carrying advantage of nearly four cubic feet when the second-row seats are folded.

So, the SRX interior looks about as nice, has a more intuitive nav system, and, in the real world, can cart around more people and goods. And yet, everyone who spent time in both vehicles agreed the Audi had far and away the better interior. Before you leave a comment accusing us of being German-loving sycophants, consider one word or, more specifically, one onomatopoeia: "squeak." Pitch the SRX over a rough stretch of pavement and all manner of odd noises will tell you that this Cadillac, assembled in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, could use some more attention in the fit and finish department. The Q5, on the other hand, delivers the perfection we've come to expect from Audis when it comes to the precision of every gap and the utter silence in which it shrugs off even the most teeth chattering of potholes. The SRX's cabin might make just as good a first impression with its attractive design and terrific telematics, but given a choice of which interior we'd prefer to live with over the long haul, especially on rutted Midwestern roads, there's no question - Audi wins.

theroider
Don't worry about my one purchase, Plato. Why not go after the NY Yankees who have chosen Audi as its premier sponsor.
Plato
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.
theroider
Ended up going with the Q5. Picking it up Saturday.
theroider
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.
theroider
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.
catch-me-if-u-can
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
makemineblack
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.
theroider
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 http://www.autoobserver.com/2010/01/december-sales-provide-hopeful-farewell-to-last-year.html, 1717 Q5's were sold. Per http://caddyinfo.com/wordpress/?p=4342 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.
SStreak
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?
theroider
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.
Speed_3
Oh and I guess the Caddy costs an extra 8K...um no thanks! The SRX deserves a better engine (and more expensive looking headlights while they are at it).
ZCaT
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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