Infiniti has unveiled the QX55, a brand-new crossover SUV for 2022 that draws inspiration from the growing number of compact premium 4-door SUVs that are being restyled to seem more like fastback coupes.
The new 2022 Infiniti QX55 is based on the QX50's unit-body chassis, but it borrows styling cues from almost two decades ago's Infiniti FX. At the same time, the QX55 adds to the aesthetic vitality already present in the QX50, which was introduced in 2019. It appears as though the QX55 is a significant step forward in terms of aesthetics and innovation.
The 2022 Audi Q5 has a premium appearance, plenty of high-end technology, and a sophisticated character, but it's not the most exciting SUV to drive. Rather than aiming at pure performance, Audi designed the Q5 to appeal to a broader general audience. Audi Q5 has attractive aesthetics, a technologically advanced interior, and a variety of configurations to select from, to name a few. So let’s delve deeper and check out how these two automobiles compare to one another.
The Infiniti QX55 Is Good, But It’s No Audi Q5
The QX55 is powered by the very same variable-compression turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that powers the QX50, which produces 268 HP. The VC-Turbo is the name given to this particular engine. In addition to a continuously variable automatic transmission, all-wheel drive will be standard.
The QX55 is projected to have a strong acceleration performance. The QX50 accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.4 seconds, showcasing that it is a practical SUV with adequate but not exceptionally dynamic handling. In terms of overall performance, the QX55 is practically similar to the QX50. It's a delight to drive the QX55 thanks to its smooth ride, quick turbo response, and quiet cabin.
The Audi Q5 has way more configurations to choose from. The Audi Q5 40 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 201 HP, a seven-speed automated transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. When you upgrade to the 45 model, your power output rises to 261 HP. The Q5 45's turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers enough power to go about town or rip down a freeway on-ramp, and it does it in a quiet, refined manner. The Q5 45 has a quick 5.5-second 0-60 mph time.
The plug-in hybrid model adds an electric motor to boost output to 362 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds, surpassing the performance-oriented SQ5 Sportback by 0.3 seconds. Thanks to the premium compact crossover's well-damped suspension, stability is assured regardless of the road or driving conditions.
Even on potholed roads, the ride is regulated and comfortable, whether equipped with or without the adaptive suspension. There is little noticeable input from the front wheels via the steering, which is precise and lightweight. The Dynamic driving option makes the steering seem heavier, but it still has an unnatural feel to it. The Q5 can manage a tricky two-lane road, but a Porsche Macan will blow the Q5 out of the water.
Design & Styling: German Class Against Japanese Precision
For the QX55's interior, Infiniti's designers opted for a more stripped look that is mostly based on the QX50 layout and amenities. Base models will have the choice of genuine leather or semi-aniline leather, while the interior will come standard with faux leather. The QX55's open-pore wood trim is a welcome alternative to the carbon-fiber trim often seen in sporty SUV interiors. The presence of a sloping roofline is likely to result in a reduction in available headroom.
Even the cheapest Premium model of the Q5 has enough capacity for four people to be comfortable, and it comes equipped with a slew of high-end technologies. It is simple to enter and exit the cabin, and it is serene while traveling at high speeds. Audi's stylish Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster can be found in the Prestige and Premium Plus trim levels, as well as the Premium model.
The Q5 fails to impress when it comes to the number of carry-on luggage boxes it can accommodate. Despite being somewhat larger than the smaller Macan, it only manages to fit 18 cases with the rear seats folded. The Q5's rear seats can be folded in a 40/20/40 way, giving it more flexibility than the Lexus RX.
You Will Have A Reliable Ride With Either One Of These Vehicles
Several driver-assistance features are included as standard in both automobiles. The Infiniti QX55 comes equipped with forward-collision detection and automatic emergency braking, as well as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode.
The Q5 is equipped with a variety of driver-assistance technologies as standard, including automatic emergency braking with front collision warning, blind-spot tracking, and rear cross-traffic alert. There are more features available on more expensive versions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Audi Q5 a five-star safety rating.
Overall, the Audi Q5 takes home the win with its numerous available configurations and more stylish design. It might not be as roomy or robust as some other competitors, but it outshines the QX55 on the battlefield.