Subaru Ascent vs Audi Q5 in Bellevue, WA

See How the Subaru Ascent Compares to the Audi Q5

The Subaru and Audi brands share some similarities, despite one being a luxury brand and the other being economy. Many Audi models like the Q5 SUV feature standard all-wheel-drive and many of the same standard safety features as new Subaru models. However, in comparing the Q5 to the Subaru Ascent, we noticed some distinct advantages of our own SUV. Let us share with you our findings so you can decide if the Subaru Ascent is right for you. You will find the new Subaru Ascent here at Michael's Subaru of Bellevue, located just a 20-minute drive outside of Sammamish, WA and close to Seattle and Snoqualmie, too.

Price & Warranty

Since the Audi Q5 is classified as a luxury crossover, one can already guess that its starting price will be a bit higher than most. The Q5 begins at a starting price over $40,000 and with two more trims following it. Meanwhile, the Ascent begins at a starting price well below $35,000 and even its highest trim level is priced below $50,000. Our Subaru SUV even comes backed by a longer factory powertrain warranty, covering engine and transmission components for 60-months or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain warranty of the Audi Q5 covers this crossover for 48 months/50,000 miles.


Interestingly, despite its status as a luxury crossover, the Q5 is missing some of the available features that can be included on the Ascent. The available All-Weather Package from Subaru provides the Ascent with a windshield wiper de-icer, to help Issaquah drivers take on the winter months with confidence. Drivers can also equip their Subaru Ascent with splash guards to boost its capability on the trails; this feature ins unavailable to add to the Q5, even as an accessory. The Ascent even has overhead storage containers for smaller electronics, which is also unavailable on the new Audi Q5 SUV.

Interior & Exterior

Another key difference between these two SUVs are their interiors and space. The Ascent seats up to eight people with a spacious passenger volume of 153.5 cubic feet, which is greater than many rivals. The Audi Q5 not only seats five, but its total passenger volume is unlisted. You will also notice a distinct drop in backseat headroom, and legroom throughout the vehicle as a whole. Ultimately, the Q5 is the smaller SUV overall, measuring 183.6 inches in length, 74.5 inches in width, and 65.3 inches in height. The Subaru Ascent's exterior measures up to 196.8 inches long, 76 inches wide, and 71.6 inches tall.

Power & Fuel Economy

While Audi models are known for their powerful engines, the Q5 still falls short of the Ascent in engine power, generating 248-horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torquer. The turbocharged engine of the Ascent generates up to 260-horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Ascent can even tow up to 5,000 lbs., which is excellent for towing a boat out to Lake Washington and heading to Mercer Island. The towing capacity of the Q5 cuts off at 4,400 lbs.

While both of these engines are fairly well-matched in terms of fuel economy numbers, the Ascent holds up to 19.3 gallons of fuel in its tank, whereas, the Audi Q5 holds up to 18.5 gallons. Daily commuters will notice this difference in fuel retention over the long-term.

Test Drive the New Subaru Ascent Today

Above all, the Subaru Ascent is a great choice for families, with high-rated safety features and a legendary long-term value, all for a low starting price. If you want to learn more about the new Subaru Ascent, we invite you to test drive one here at Michael's Subaru of Bellevue. Contact our team to set up an appointment and visit us today!

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