Audi Q5 Reviews

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The Audi Q5 is a compact luxury SUV that offers standard all-wheel drive, multiple engine options and a premium interior.

Audi Q5 Overview

First introduced as a 2009 model, the Audi Q5 launched with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Two years later, Audi introduced the Q5 2.0T, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 211 horsepower. A new eight-speed automatic transmission became standard on the Q5 2.0T, while V6 models continued to utilize the six-speed automatic.

The 3.2-liter V6 was dropped for the 2013 model year and replaced with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in Q5 3.0T models. This new engine produces 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 2013 also saw the introduction of the Q5 Hybrid, which pairs an electric motor with the 2.0-liter turbo to make a combined 245 horsepower.

The following year, the Q5 2.0T got a slight power increase to 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Q5 3.0 TDI was also introduced, which features a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 that generates 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

The Q5 seats five and offers 57 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. All models come with standard features that include power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. Previously optional features like Bluetooth and an iPod adapter became standard starting with the 2014 model year.

Common options include a panoramic moonroof, navigation, an upgraded sound system, a power liftgate, heated front seats and proximity key with push-button start. Available driver assistance features include a blind spot monitoring system, a rearview camera and parking sensors.

The Q5 slots in between the subcompact Audi Q3 and the three-row Q7 in Audi’s SUV lineup. The Q5 is often cross-shopped with compact SUVs like the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.