This Audi Q5 video review includes information about its many models, including the 2.0T, 3.0T, Hybrid, diesel-powered TDI and the high-performance SQ5. Also included are pricing, fuel economy, interior quality, electronics features and its compact luxury crossover competitors.
Most Audi Q5 models you'll find on a dealer lot will be like this one: the 2.0T that comes with a 220-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. That might not sound like a lot, but you'd be surprised at how quick it is.
There is, however, the 3.0T that has a 272-hp supercharged V6 and the SQ5 sport model that boasts a 354-hp supercharged V6. Should you be more interested in fuel economy than speed, there's the Q5 Hybrid and the even more efficient diesel-powered Q5 TDI. It has more torque than the SQ5, but gets 4 mpg combined better than the base engine. All Q5s are all-wheel drive.
Regardless of the engine or model, the Q5 is one of the best crossovers to drive. Its handling is responsive and the ride is comfortable whether you're running errands in suburbia or on a multi-state family road trip.
Inside, you'll find Audi's typical top-notch materials and construction. It really doesn't get much better. The infotainment system is controlled by a system called MMI. With the optional navigation system, its control knob and surrounding buttons are conveniently located right where your hand falls on the center console. Without nav, they're on the dash and they're less intuitive.
Despite being a compact crossover, there's plenty of room inside. The backseat reclines AND slides, which is a rarity for luxury models. Folding those seats down yields only 57 cubic feet, though, making it smaller than most competitors.
The government gives the Q5 a four-star overall crash rating, while the IIHS gave it the best rating of "Good."