Audi A6 TDI  vs Q5 Hybrid 

Audi A6 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

  • $58k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 38 hwy
It's a flexible, fairly muted powerplant-but it's easily outstripped by the 420-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine found in the S6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige quattro Tiptronic

  • $51k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 24 city 30 hwy
Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system plus eight inches of ground clearance make the Q5 a good pick for deep snow and steep driveways.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

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Audi A6 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic 

RideNerd recommends the Audi A6 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic  based on its fuel economy and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of A6 TDI vs Q5 Hybrid

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Audi A6 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi A6 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Many more emission control devices 3 vs 1 Three times as many catalytic converters; typically results in cleaner emissions
Better highway driving range 752 miles vs 570 miles More than 30% further range on the interstate
Slightly higher EPA highway mileage 38 MPG vs 30 MPG More than 25% better on the interstate
Front view of Audi Q5 Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige quattro Tiptronic

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Many more # of bleed canisters 2 vs 0 2 more # of bleed canisters
Lower MSRP $51k vs $58k More than 10% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $12,244 vs $13,534 Around 10% less expensive per year

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$57,500 13.6¢/mile Audi A6 TDI
Q5 Hybrid $50,900 14¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Q5 Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Audi A6 TDI only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi A6 TDI Q5 Hybrid
Price $11,500 ($57,500) $10,180 ($50,900)
Fuel $2,033 (2,607 gallons) $2,104 (2,844 gallons)
City 24 MPG 24 MPG
Highway 38 MPG 30 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


A6 TDI  vs
Q5 Hybrid 
Brand Audi Audi
Model year 2014 2013
City range 475 miles 456 miles
Highway range 752 miles 570 miles
MSRP $58k $51k
Annual cost $13,534 $12,244

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³ 3.69 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle 2,680 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg 72.31 kg

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 258 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,500 RPM 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.41 lb/hp 21 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet 38.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 235
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A Standard
Rear sensor Standard Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 73.8 in 74.7 in
Front track width 64.1 in 63.7 in
Height 57.8 in 65 in
Ground clearance 4.6 in 7.9 in
Length 193.9 in 182.6 in
Wheelbase 114.7 in 110.5 in
Curb weight 4,178 lb 4,431 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 51 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 46 ft³ 48 ft³


A6 TDI  vs
Q5 Hybrid 
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.33 g 1.69 g
Methane/mile 0.03 g 0.02 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 0 1
Bleed canisters 0 2
Catalytic converters 3 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4 8-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Bang & Olufsen
Speakers 10 14
Wattage 180 505
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No Yes
Auxiliary input No No
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A Standard, 7 in


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $0
Navigation system N/A, 10 GB N/A, 10 GB
Roof rails N/A Standard
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
Audi A6 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
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