Whether you want a new SUV for yourself or your family, you deserve to have one with lots of style and creature comforts.

Two viable options are the 2021 Q5 and the 2021 RX 350. In this side-by-side comparison, we'll break down what each vehicle has to offer drivers like you in Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA. Then, after reading through this Audi Q5 vs. Lexus RX 350 comparison, you can contact the team at Audi Peabody for a test drive inside a luxury SUV.

Q5 vs RX 350: Interior Space

The 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 Lexus RX 350 both comfortably seat five people between two rows. Your family is sure to stretch out comfortably and feel relaxed even when traveling far distances.


Audi Q5

Lexus RX 350

Headroom (front/rear)

39.6/39.3 inches (without sunroof)

39.4/39.1 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.9/38 inches

44.1/38 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

57.7/56.5 inches

57.8/57.6 inches

You'll be happy to know both the Audi Q5 and the Lexus RX 350 provide ample room for passengers.

While the vehicles offer similar passenger dimensions, if you need room for travel gear, too, the Audi Q5 may be the better choice. That's because you'll have access to more cargo space with this SUV than you'll get with the RX 350.

When the rear seats are in the upright position, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 comes with 16 cubic feet of cargo space. The Audi Q5, on the other hand, comes with a minimum cargo capacity of 25.8 cubic feet. This additional cargo space makes it possible to load up extra bags of groceries and a couple more weekend bags.

When you need extra cargo room, use the standard split folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks to customize your passenger/cargo needs.

On travel days when you need as much cargo space as possible, fold down the second row entirely to obtain a maximum cargo capacity of 54 cubic feet with the Audi Q5. The Lexus RX 350, on the other hand, only offers a maximum 32.7 cubic feet of space.

When cargo space is what you're after, the Q5 is the way to go.

Audi Q5 vs Lexus RX 350: Advanced Safety

With there being plenty of room for your family inside the 2021 Audi Q5 and the 2021 Lexus RX 350, ensuring a safe arrival is the most important thing. Both the Q5 and the RX 350 work hard to ensure you'll get from Point A to Point B as safely as possible by offering plenty of advanced safety features.

Both SUVs come equipped with a collection of cameras and sensors mounted around your vehicle. When a potential hazard, like another vehicle or a pedestrian, is detected, you'll receive an audible and/or visual alert. That way, you can make any necessary adjustments to help keep your family safe.

To provide an extra layer of protection, certain features may provide automatic intervention when certain criteria are met by providing automatic brake pressure or gentle steering in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Some of the similar safety features offered with both luxury SUVs include:

  • Forward collision monitor with automatic braking
  • Lane keeping system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Automatic high beams

While both SUVs are equipped with premium safety features sure to provide extra protection to you and your family, the Audi Q5 adds extra safety features that aren't offered with the Lexus RX 350.

For example, the Audi Q5 comes with the available Audi adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and Audi active lane assist. This system works similarly to the standard cruise control system offered with the Lexus RX 350 with additional benefits.

With the Q5, the traffic jam assist and active lane assist features act as a road map for your SUV. These features use the marked lines of your lane to help keep you centered.

Plus, the system can automatically adjust to certain driving situations, like crossways, curves, stop-and-go traffic, and traffic jams. That means, you can spend less energy transferring your foot from the brake to the accelerator and more time enjoying your commute.

2021 Q5 vs 2021 RX 350: Interior Features

The 2021 Audi Q5 and the Lexus RX 350 are both luxury SUVs. Knowing there are plenty of premium features to help keep you comfortable and entertained throughout your commute is sure to upgrade your travel experience.

Some of the amenities you'll find on both models include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Optional ventilated seats
  • Multi-zone climate control system
  • Available heated steering wheel

While these features are found with both SUVs, the features of the Q5 are sure to help elevate your commute. How? For starters, heated front seats come standard on the Q5 but are only optional with the RX 350.

Additionally, the Q5 comes standard with a 3-zone automatic climate control system. This gives you, your front-seat passenger, and your rear-seat passengers the ability to independently set and adjust your preferred temperature settings.

The RX 350 offers a similar feature, but it's a dual-zone climate system, so only you and your front-seat passenger can set your preferred temperatures. Your back-seat passengers are excluded from this temperature customization.

When it comes to technology, you'll find plenty of cutting-edge features in both models. In fact, the Q5 comes standard with a great many of them, such as the Audi smartphone interface. With Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you can access your favorite mobile apps without needing to handle your phone while driving.

The RX 350 also offers standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. However, RX 350 drivers may have a harder time viewing the information as they travel since this SUV comes standard with an 8-inch display screen. The 10.1-inch standard screen with the Q5 is sure to make viewing information and browsing your phone's music library easier than with the RX 350.

Audi Q5 vs Lexus RX 350: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, the 2021 Q5 gives you both athletic handling and a comfortable ride. The engine found under the hood of the RX 350 also provides comfort, but which provides the muscle you need for an athletic commute? Let's find out!



RX 350


2.0L 45 TFSI®

3.5L V6


261 HP

295 HP


273 lb-ft

268 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

5.7 seconds

7.7 seconds

While the RX 350 may provide extra horsepower, it's the additional torque and quicker acceleration time that gives the Audi Q5 endurance over the RX 350.

If you're looking for extra power, you'll be happy to know the 2021 Q5 comes with the available 2.0L 55 TFSI® e plug-in hybrid engine that churns out 362 horsepower, 369 lb-ft of torque, and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in five seconds.

The Lexus RX 350 offers no additional engine.

Another feature you'll be happy about is that the Audi Q5 comes standard with quattro® all-wheel drive technology. So, no matter what the conditions of the road, you can travel with the traction you need. The RX 350 also comes with an all-wheel drive system, but this is only available with an optional upgrade.

Finally, the Audi model achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city/28 highway MPG, while the Lexus model achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.* If you do a lot of stop-and-go city driving, you may fare better in the Q5.

2021 Audi Q5 vs 2021 Lexus RX 350: Verdict

It's clear that both SUVs are quite impressive. However, with the Q5, you'll get more safety and other premium features as well as a sportier performance and better fuel efficiency.

If you're curious to learn more about this luxury compact SUV, contact the experts at Audi Peabody. We'll let you take the vehicle for a spin to gauge its performance around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, Massachusetts.

Don't wait. Test drive the 2021 Audi Q5 today!


* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

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