2015 Audi Q5 Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.

The 2015 Audi Q5 delivers great acceleration, good handling, and impressive fuel efficiency, all with more height and ground clearance compared to a sedan or sport wagon-essentially what every luxury compact crossover shopper seeks.

Less of a shrunken Q7 than a more spacious Audi wagon, the Audi Q5 has pretty proportions and a cabin that's cleanly styled and trimmed to a high standard. The cohesive look fits snugly alongside Audi's car lineup, blending in easily with the Allroad wagon and even the A4 sedan, which all share its tall grille and slim LED-outlined headlamps. Its cockpit sets a high-water mark for simplicity and for fit and finish, particularly with the optional layered-oak trim, though we might wish for more recognizable buttons while we fumble to control the lush-looking non-touchscreen display.

In front, the driver and front passenger have a high seating position, and plenty of leg and head room. The seats have wide cushions with enough bolstering to make a lot of people comfortable, slim or not so slim. The back seat also doles out reasonable leg room, thanks to a wheelbase that's relatively long. The Q5's cabin is nicely detailed, about the best to be found in its compact-luxury niche.

We're happy with any powerplants, especially the 2.0-liter turbo-4. It's lighter and almost as quick as the Q5 3.0T, with its supercharged 272-hp 3.0-liter V-6. We've spent a little time with the Q5 Hybrid. It blends the power from lithium-ion batteries and a 54-hp electric motor for 245 hp net, but would tend to prefer the Q5 TDI we've driven extensively, anyway. The turbodiesel's acceleration is similar, its combined fuel economy higher, and its driving feel more natural. We're also fans of the SQ5, which comes with an upgraded suspension, as well as a 354-hp version of the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. All-wheel drive comes standard on all Q5 crossovers, as does an eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

In all its non-hybrid drivetrain versions, the Q5 excels at passing maneuvers, and out of corners. Car-like handling is a promise lots of SUV makers make, but the Q5 delivers it, with the responses and maneuvers of a sport wagon. Given the choice, we'd go for the less costly stock suspension setup, instead of the optional, electronically controlled ride and handling of the Drive Select-equipped models.

The Audi Q5 makes rear-seat airbags an option on the Q5. You'll have to spend a lot extra to get a simple rearview camera. Bluetooth is standard. And altogether, the Q5's combination of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ status and effective accident-avoiding safety gear helps trump any hesitations from its four-star overall federal safety score.

The Q5 isn't cheap, and adding the options we think most buyers want will drive the price up quickly. All models have power features, 10-speaker audio, leather, power front seats, automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a connectivity kit for iPhones.

Premium Plus and Prestige models ladle on the luxury features. A Q5 3.0T easily passes the $55,000 mark. Make sure you save some money to make the Q5 one of your devices on an AT&T mobile plan: that pipes in data, turning the SUV into a wireless hotspot and enabling in-car Google Earth maps.

 

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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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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September 22, 2015
2015 Audi Q5 quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus

2015 Q5 S-Line model satisfies both husband and wife.

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After test driving multiple sport SUV's, such as the BMW X3, Lexus NX 200T and others the choice was clear. Finding a sporty SUV was never difficult, the X3 was loads of fun to drive, provided excellent... + More »
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July 19, 2015
2015 Audi Q5 quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus

Well built quality car but not an exciting drive.

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I've driven the Q5 for a couple of months and I think it is a very good vehicle. The quality is top notch so the car has a rich feel to it. The ride is quite good, not too soft not too firm. The only problem I... + More »
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