2014 Audi Q5 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.

The Audi Q5 leads the pack of compact luxury SUVs, and this year it expands its offerings with a turbodiesel TDI edition that's good for a 31-mpg highway EPA rating.

In the Q5, Audi now offers a total of five powertrains, all coupled to standard all-wheel drive. With each one, Audi also equips the Q5 with a paddle-shifted, eight-speed automatic gearbox. With any of them, the Q5 delivers responsive handling and acceleration, despite its tall roof and good ground clearance.

You're forgiven if you look at the Q5 and see a smaller, more tidy Q7. The two share the usual Audi details, but the proportions are quite different. The Q5 is more a compact sport wagon, one with a look that slides easily into a showroom filled with Audi sedans. The same is true for the inside of the Q5. It's a high-water mark for luxury SUVs, with its tight fit and finish and luxurious blend of wood, metal, and leather.

Last year's push for higher fuel economy continues for 2014, even as Audi plots a higher-performance model for the Q5. The drivetrains are great, especially the 2.0-liter turbo four. Down some 72 hp, it feels nearly as quick as the supercharged V-6. There are both Hybrid and turbodiesel models available, but the diesel has stronger low-end torque and higher EPA combined-cycle ratings. All Q5 crossovers sport all-wheel drive, and an 8-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

With all the non-hybrid drivetrains, the Q5 does a great job at highway cruising and passing, and it truly feels like a lean and responsive sport wagon in corners. We'd pass on Drive Select, a toggle control that switches between different driving modes. (We may feel differently about the high-powered, 354-hp SQ5 edition coming soon. Stay tuned for more after our upcoming first drive.)

The Q5 has a relatively high seating position. Head and leg room in the front seats is ample. The seats are firmly bolstered and fit lots of body types well. The back seat has reasonable leg and knee room, though it's not so wide that three adults will fit across its bench seat. Road noise is an issue, but the Q5 has lovely build quality and a refined, tightly composed look and feel.

As a recent IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Q5 has a good crash-test history, but its equipment is less generous. A rearview camera is available, in an expensive package of features. Audi's finally made Bluetooth standard equipment.

From a base price just under $40,000, the Q5 comes with standard power features, leather, power front seats, satellite radio, and heated mirrors. The top models can go out the door for $55,000 or more, once they're fitted with features like adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system, and in-car wireless internet.

 

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted diesel engines in this model illegally cheated federal tests and polluted beyond allowable limits. As part of unprecedented settlements with federal and state governments, Volkswagen agreed to buyback from owners diesel-equipped models of this vehicle. To determine eligibility for all affected Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi models, Volkswagen set up VWDieselInfo.com for owners. (Owners of affected vehicles can enter their VIN numbers to see if their cars are eligible for buyback.)

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December 17, 2015
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Diesel is quiet,no smell from the exhaust and a great ride

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I am a resolute Audi owner and this is my third. I really like the diesel gas mileage that is less costly than the premium in my gas models. Driving from WI to MT the highway miles were around 35mpg. I read... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2014 Audi Q5 quattro 4-Door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus

Great Ride, Diesel Mpg 32 plus, and will tow 4400#

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Nicest car I've ever owned, but some annoying electronic stuff. Can't use the garage door opener unless your facing forward, won't work if you want to back in. You can never turn the radio off, its on every... + More »
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April 20, 2015
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A great diesel SUV

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Extremely well designed...supurb handling...diesel averaged 36.5 mpg on 3,800 mile road trip...now I need to find a way to get my wife to swap cars.
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April 17, 2015
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AUDI Q5S TDI chosen after test-driving against Porsche Macan and VW Tourage

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420 ft lbs torque of the TDI engine mated with 7-speed auto trans w/paddle shifters make for a smooth and balanced driving experience. Fit and finish are as good as any car in the marketplace in the $50-60... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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Excellent design and performance.

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We have driven our 2014 Q5 TDI across country for over 7,000 miles and a total of 33,000 miles over the 15 months that we have owned it. Great in winter (we live in Northren Michigan). Excellent road car on... + More »
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February 2, 2015
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Komfort package is great the best

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The best I've ever had. I'm an empty nester. My wife and I considered others but this vehicle suits us both fine
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April 11, 2017
2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus

AWESOME NEW LOOK!

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Has a great new look, awesome interior, has many safety features. Competitiors like Mercedes, inifinit, and BMW have basic interiors.
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May 21, 2017
2017 Audi Q5 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus

Restrained styling, practical comfort, quiet power

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The 3.0 supercharged Q5 has desirable and usable balance between practical size / utility for 4-5 passengers and gear, quiet power, fun handling (certainly for a cross-over), quiet styling interior and... + More »
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March 19, 2017
2016 Audi Q5 quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium

Super comfortable, stylish, and a good performer overall

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This is the car I want to sit in after a long hard week at the office. The front seats are perhaps the most comfortable of any vehicle I have owned (mostly Saabs, Volkswagens, and Hondas). The Q5 seems to be... + More »
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June 7, 2016
2015 Audi Q5 quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus

Great car: could use more space, less technology.

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The Q5 is a smooth ,tight car with great handling. I wish it was 4" longer with the space added to the rear seating area. I think the Q5 is too short and the Q7 is too long. Audi needs to introduce a Q6. This... + More »
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