The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Murano doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Murano doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the Murano.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The Q5 Prestige’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Murano doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Q5 offers an optional Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Murano doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Q5 and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Q5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Murano’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Murano’s (12 vs. 5 years).
The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Murano’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Nissan is ranked 13th.
The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better city fuel mileage than the Murano AWD (23 city vs. 21 city).
For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Murano:
For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).
The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Murano Platinum’s 55 series tires.
The Q5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Q5 is 9.2 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Q5 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the Murano.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Murano doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Murano doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the Q5 and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q5 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Murano prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
The Q5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Murano doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Q5 Prestige detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Q5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Murano SL/Platinum.
The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Murano is rated higher at a number “10” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Murano, including $65 less for fuel injection and $537 less for a timing belt/chain.