Audi Q5 TDI  vs Volkswagen Jetta TDI 

Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 31 hwy
We're happy with any of the carry-over powerplants, especially the 2.0-liter turbo four-it's lighter and almost as quick as the Q5 3.0T, with its 272-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

  • $23k
  • 2.0L Diesel
  • 30 city 42 hwy
The TDI isn’t a jackrabbit sprinter, but ours did post an ecorespectable 0-to-60 time of eight seconds and a quarter-mile of 16.2 seconds at 85 mph.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic vs Sedan


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Q5 TDI vs Jetta TDI

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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 Q5 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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Much less CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton vs 0.89 metric ton More than 25% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Slightly better city driving range 475 miles vs 435 miles Around 10% further in the city
Front view of Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 8 vs 6 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Saves on fuel $1,700 vs $2,191 More than 20% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Much less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,680 kWh/vehicle Around 35% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Significantly lower MSRP $23k vs $47k 2x cheaper sticker price
Significantly cheaper annual cost $6,311 vs $11,491 More than 45% less expensive per year
Smaller annual carbon footprint 297 g vs 385 g Around 25% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA highway mileage 42 MPG vs 31 MPG More than 35% better on the interstate

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

$46,500 14.6¢/mile Audi Q5 TDI
Volkswagen Jetta TDI $23,055 11.3¢/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 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi Q5 TDI Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Price $9,300 ($46,500) $4,611 ($23,055)
Fuel $2,190 (2,807 gallons) $1,699 (2,179 gallons)
City 24 MPG 30 MPG
Highway 31 MPG 42 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Q5 TDI  vs Jetta TDI 

It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.
Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Q5 TDI  vs
Jetta TDI 
Brand Audi Volkswagen
Model year 2014 2013
City range 475 miles 435 miles
Highway range 613 miles 609 miles
MSRP $47k $23k
Annual cost $11,491 $6,311

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³ 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg 209 kg

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 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 10 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,950 N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $3,550 N/A
Roof rails Standard N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Q5 TDI  vs
Jetta TDI 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 6 8
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.33 g 0.49 g
Combined CO2/mile 385 g 297 g
Methane/mile 0.03 g 0.04 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g 0.05 g
Vapor canisters 0 0
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 3 3
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 58 tons 45 tons

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,750 RPM 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 18.65 lb/hp 22.58 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet 36.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Beam
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 235 205
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

safety features

Active head restraints No 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 N/A
Rear sensor Standard N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 74.7 in 70 in
Front track width 63.7 in 60.4 in
Height 65.2 in 57.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in 5.5 in
Length 182.6 in 182.2 in
Wheelbase 110.5 in 104.4 in
Curb weight 4,475 lb 3,161 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 54 ft³ 49 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 44 ft³
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