Some mainstream crossover SUVs earn better fuel-economy ratings than the 2014 Audi Q5, but among the luxury brands it's among the best five-passenger utes for efficiency.
Last year's new Hybrid model began the push for better fuel economy. It's rated at 24/30 mpg, or 26 mpg combined, achieved with Audi's new gas-electric drivetrain. Until this year, those figures were the leaders in luxury crossovers. This year, though, Audi's added its own turbodiesel Q5 TDI to the lineup, and its 24/31-mpg rating (27 mpg combined) is just slightly better. Both trail vehicles like the Chevy Equinox, which earns a 32-mpg highway rating in four-cylinder form, albeit with front-wheel drive versus the Q5's standard all-wheel drive.
The base Q5 remains the best compromise for value and gas mileage. At 20/28 mpg, or 23 mpg combined, it's competitive in its class--and we've seen solid numbers near the higher end of the combined figure (24 mpg) in a mix of spirited city and highway driving.
The V-6 Q5 is at the opposite end of the spectrum, at 18/26 mpg, or 21 mpg combined. Consider the lower fuel economy the cost of its best-in-lineup acceleration.