Larger and higher than a hatchback but smaller and more civilized than a full-size sport-ute -- that's the car-based crossover SUV in a nutshell, and it continues to be one of the hottest market segments going. The Audi Q5 lives in the rarefied territory of the luxury crossover. Think of it as an A4 sedan with more cargo space and a higher center of gravity, and you won't be far off the mark. It also boasts some of the sleekest sheet metal in a competitive class that includes the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK-Class and Volvo XC60.
Additionally, the Q5 is one of the larger models in this grouping, resulting in an interior that's a bit roomier than most. Audi is known for high-quality interiors, and the Q5 doesn't disappoint here either. The model's biggest downside is perhaps its price, as the upper trim levels can get uncomfortably expensive. Even so, new or used, Audi's Q5 is worth consideration for people interested in a small luxury crossover SUV.
Current Audi Q5
The five-seat Audi Q5 is available in one trim level, but with three equipment packages: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Standard features include alloy wheels, power front seats and tri-zone automatic climate control, while higher trim levels offer niceties like a premium stereo, a power liftgate, the available Audi Drive Select system (allowing driver control over powertrain and ride/handling characteristics) and the MMI system with hard-drive-based navigation.
One of two powertrains is offered: a 211-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, or a 270-hp, 3.2-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Either way, Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard. Inside, the Audi Q5 is quite similar to the A4, which is to say it features high-quality materials and an attractive dashboard layout. Maximum cargo capacity is unimpressive at about 57 cubic feet, but if hauling large loads isn't a top priority, the Q5 is otherwise a thoroughly competent crossover.
Of the many flavors to choose from in the luxury crossover segment, we think Audi's is one of the most appealing. In reviews, we've found that the Q5 strikes a remarkably satisfying balance between performance and comfort. Despite having more than 4,000 pounds of curb weight to contend with, both powertrains are up to the task, furnishing more than ample thrust. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted, and body control is quite good for a tall wagon. At the same time, the ride is supple enough to please those who couldn't care less about handling.
Used Audi Q5 Models
The Audi Q5 debuted for 2010 and is similar to the current model with the exception of the availability of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which became available the following year.
Read the most recent 2013 Audi Q5 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Audi Q5 page.