Audi Q5 Review & Ratings
- 13 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi Q5 is an intriguing crossover SUV which is significantly larger than a hatchback yet much more fuel-efficient than your average sport utility vehicle. It is precisely this combination which makes this vehicle so incredibly unique and appealing to so many different people who are fed up with gas high prices but still want something that is roomy. The Q5 is extremely versatile in the sense that it is able to meet the needs of a variety of consumers and even has off-road capabilities for those who like to venture off the beaten path. Audi has a reputation for producing cars with very high quality interiors, and this one is no different.
Two of the Q5’s drawbacks is its price as well as the fact that it can be somewhat of a firm ride, depending on what the terrain is like. Although this vehicle is available in numerous trims, some of them can be very expensive and out of the price range of many people who are currently looking to buy a new vehicle. The current Audi Q5 is available in four different trim levels, each of which corresponds to a specific engine. There is the 2.0T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0 TDI Premium Plus, and the 2.0T Hybrid Prestige.
The 2.0T uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that is capable of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. There is also the 3.0T which uses a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine which is capable of 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet torque. The TDI model of this vehicle uses a 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6 engine that can go up to 240 horsepower and an incredibly impressive 428 pound-feet torque. The Q5 Hybrid combines the engine of the 2.0T with an electric motor as well as a battery pack for a total of 245 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All of these come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, regardless of model or engine. These models also come with all-wheel drive and the fuel economy is very favorable.
Some of the standard features of the Q5’s base model include leather upholstery, power front seats, Audi’s Multi Media Interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Some of the higher-end trims offer certain features like a power liftgate as well as Audi Drive Select system and a navigation system. While these are definitely some nice features, getting them can mean spending quite a bit more than what the base model costs.
When it comes to the interior of the Audi Q5, it is extremely similar to that of the A4, consisting of very high-quality materials like genuine leather and an aesthetically-pleasing dashboard layout. The maximum cargo capacity of this vehicle is around 57 cubic feet, which is not very impressive but still offers the ability to haul fairly big loads around. There are definitely larger vehicles than this one which you can buy, but few of them can offer the stylish design and features that are associated with the Q5.
The Audi Q5 initially debuted in 2010 and was powered by a 3.2 liter 270 horsepower 270 hp V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. By 2011 a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-4 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission was used in this vehicle. The 2013 model did not use the same 3.2 liter V6 engine, however the supercharged V6 along with the hybrid were born. When it comes to sheer performance and reliability, this vehicle has received very high consumer ratings and continues to be one of Audi’s best-selling vehicles in places all around the world, primarily because of its incredibly design and quality materials.