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Hardy Kornfeld, 03/19/2016
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
This is my fourth update on a review posted shortly after I bought my 2014 Q5 TDI. I loved the car then and I still do today, despite Audi's diesel fiasco. Pros: 1. This is a comfortable car on long hauls. The front seats are great unless you thrash it, in which case they lack lateral support. The Q5 does its suburban transport function perfectly well and the panoramic roof glass … gives an airy feeling. The driver's sight lines are excellent. 2. The fuel economy is outstanding. In the mixed driving it got 31-33 mpg measured at the tank (the low end in winter). High 30s with highway driving. [2019 update - fuel economy dropped by 0.4 mpg after the NOx fix per the optimistic trip computer, I averaged over nearly 20,000 miles. It now stands at 32.2 mpg]. 3. My Q5 tows 1000 pounds of motorcycle plus trailer with barely any hit on fuel consumption. 4. Driving dynamics are good within limits. Body roll is minimal for an SUV, the steering is quick and accurate w, braking effort is linear and absolute stopping power is good but not stellar. Ride quality is very good. While I rarely spin the engine over1800 rpm, when acceleration is called for at any speed, the torque surge is amazing. 5. The Q5 is good in winter, particularly with Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires that give shorter braking distance in snow. Excellent ground clearance, the wheel wells don't pack up with snow and the traction control is effective without being intrusive. A locking center diff would be nice but Quattro is fine for most snow conditions. The defroster does a good job but a windshield heating option would be welcome. 6. [2019 update - The VWAG compensation plan for the 3.0 liter diesel scam worked out really well for me. Between the initial debit cards, the VWAG settlement and the Bosch settlement I netted roughly $9,000. That equates to discount of ~17% off the purchase price for a car that I anticipate keeping for a quarter of a million miles. After the fix, the engine idles and shifts at slightly higher rpm until it is fully warmed up but that doesn't noticeably detract from the driving experience. It won't respond to manual shift requests until warmed up but it can be induced to shift at a bit lower rpm when cold if I lift off the throttle. Once warm and responsive (sic) I sometime use manual mode to short shift. The engine rarely spins above 2,000 rpm and can pull strong from off-idle in nearly any gear]. 7. [2019 FINAL UPDATE. Our much loved Q5 TDI got totaled by someone who ran a red light at ~30 mph, hitting the right side about 70% front fender and 30% leading edge of the passenger door. The force pushed us across an intersection and the nose of the car center-punched a utility pole. Airbags deployed no injury beyond mild whiplash (driver) and right leg abrasions (passenger). Amazingly, the passenger door still opened. We were impressed with how well the car protected us from what could have been far more serious collision. We leased a Honda CR-V EX, which has been perfectly adequate with somewhat better driving dynamics than the Q5. Leasing because we're building a net zero home with large PV array. Our next SUV will be an EV, with Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 leading contenders at present. The Audi EVs are too expensive, too bloated, and too inefficient. Cons: 1. The steering has poor on-center feel which is a bit irritating when I set out on highway driving although after a bit of time I stop noticing it. 2. While the stopping power is adequate, the initial brake feel is spongy. I much prefer brakes that have a strong initial bite and linear rise in stopping power, like those on my Audi S4. [2019 update - brake feel and power didn't change much when the car got new rotors & pads at about 50,000 miles. The rotors lasted longer than those on the Toyota RAV4 that I owned before, but replacement was more expensive]. 3. The defroster is adequate but in very snowy conditions it would be nice to have a heated windshield base or heated washer fluid. 4. I would prefer to have engine stop start switch in a better position. The system itself is not bad; the engine restarts quickly and smoothly. But I only want to use it when I anticipate stopping more than 7 seconds, based on an Engineering Explained video. So I turn the system on and off multiple times in local driving. It's hard to find the switch without taking my eyes off the road. 5. The interior trim on the driver's side door and left front of the dashboard reflects sunlight on the instruments and windshield under some circumstances. It's an occasional minor irritation. Overall, it's hard to find much to complain about with this car! 6. 2019 update - this car has been quite reliable with the exception of a self-inflicted windshield washer issue when I put in RainX fluid and a failed O2 sensor that occurred after the NOx fix and was repaired under the extended warranty that came along with the settlement.
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