In the market for a new luxury SUV in Nashville? If so, you have plenty of different options. There are domestic and import models, economy options, mid-grade versions and luxury SUVs. However, if you’re interested in only the best of the best, then chances are good you’ll want to compare the higher-end of the segment. Here, you’ll find two very compelling choices – the 2016 Lexus NX and the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0 T. How do they stack up, though?
At first glance, the exterior of the 2016 Lexus NX and the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0 T might seem pretty similar. They’re both compact luxury SUVs, after all. However, there are some notable differences here. Where the Audi has a slightly snub nose, the NX offers a longer front end with a definitive curve to enhance airflow over the hood. It also features defined curves on the doors and side panels, while the Audi is pretty “plain vanilla”. Overall, the Lexus has a much sportier, more aggressive look and feel than the Audi.
While both the 2016 Lexus NX and the 2016 Audi Q5 2.0 T offer leather interior, you’ll find a marked difference. The Audi offers tan on gray (or another similar, plain color combination). The Lexus offers two-toned leather seats for a dramatic contrast that ties in directly with its more powerful ambience. The Lexus also manages to offer a better layout for all the controls and gauges. In the Audi, everything feels a little too cramped, while the Lexus provides ample space (but not too much). The Audi also lacks a lot of niceties you’d expect from a vehicle in this segment, including USB connectivity and modern safety technology.
Under the Hood
The real mark of an SUV and its ability to serve your needs lies in its powertrain. The 2016 Lexus NX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and produces 235 hp. In comparison, the Audi offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed transmission. It only delivers 220 hp, though, giving the Lexus a leg up in the power department. For more power in the Audi, you’d have to upgrade to the 3.0 T trim, which is a costly move.
Both the Audi and the Lexus NX perform well on the road, but the NX manages to edge out the Q5 in the area of handling, offering better turn-taking capabilities, as well as a quieter ride overall. The Audi’s engine can seem loud and ragged under hard acceleration. The Lexus NX actually feels much more like a sports car, offering a very direct connection between the SUV and the driver.
In the end, your choice is clear. If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV in Nashville, the 2016 Lexus NX is the right choice for you. We invite you to visit us here at Lexus of Nashville to see what all the fuss is about in person.