As recently as a decade ago, compact sports sedans were a brand’s bread and butter. They were best-sellers that also introduced buyers to the brand’s philosophy and appeal. Today, that role is filled by compact luxury crossovers — and one of the best-sellers is fully redesigned this year. That’s the 2022 Lexus NX, which has more power, more space, better fuel economy, improved infotainment, and other advances over its predecessor.
To see how it fits into its market class, we tested two of the new NX’s four versions: the turbocharged NX 350 and the NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid. We also tested two versions of the popular Audi Q5: a standard model and the higher-performance, sportier-looking SQ5 Sportback. In this review, we’ll discuss how the Lexus and Audi compare across eight categories and name an overall winner. Keep reading to learn our pick and figure out which one sounds like the better choice for you.