2019 Audi Q5 Review
Pros & Cons
- Recent chassis changes deliver a smoother ride than before
- Quiet, comfortable cabin features top-notch interior craftsmanship
- All-wheel drive comes standard
- Wide array of technology options
- Only one engine offered
- Diminished space for luggage behind rear seats
List Price Range
$34,000 - $46,995
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Which Q5 does Edmunds recommend?
With three trim levels available, we say go for the middle and opt for a Premium Plus. This trim includes several luxury features (panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, heated front seats) and satisfies tech and safety needs with navigation, in-car Wi-Fi, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall, the Audi Q5 gets strong scores for performance. However, its overly intrusive stability control prevents it from scoring a bit higher. But for the typical driver, this drawback will probably never arise. Otherwise, we consider it one of the best in the class.
In every comfort metric, the Audi Q5 does well, balancing compliance and road-hugging reassurance. Like most of the cars in the class, it's easy to drive for many hours at a time with little to no fatigue.
Audi's interior design continues to impress us. The design is minimal and tidy, and the smart use of multipurpose switches and knobs reduces the clutter of buttons suffered by rivals. Materials quality is excellent regardless of trim level and makes you feel special.
The Q5 will easily hold all of your items, whether it's cargo in the back or your personal effects up front. Cargo capacity is about average for the class and includes plenty of smart features to keep things in place. The rear seats don't fold flat with the cargo floor but are easy to push past.
Not only does Audi have a lot of tech features built in, but the automaker makes them easy to use. The doubling up of functions for switches, buttons and knobs keeps the cabin from getting cluttered with controls. We were surprised the stability control was overly sensitive, which is unusual for an Audi.
|Overall||7.9 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Look, I'm a brand-new Audi owner, my first although not my first German car. It's terrific. We bought it primarily for my wife to use. It is beautifully appointed, handles well based on our standards, certainly seems to have all the niceties that a luxury SUV should have. This is particularly true when considering the electronics, most importantly the safety features - adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, lane departure, all-around cameras, blind-spot warnings - that are important to us. A few personal facts: we are in our early 70's, we are not off-road enthusiasts, we don't use many of the "sport" settings, probably pretty boring reviewers. We liked the "look" of the car because it wasn't a racy, road-warrior design unlike some Japanese models. Fit our traditional view of our lifestyle. What would I change? The electronics take some attention and help. I read the book but my wife wasn't about to. In that regard, Audi Elk Grove offered several times to do a special driver familiarization class for her. The storage is just average; her Toyota Venza had slightly more room. There aren't quite enough spaces in the front row to store the junk that older drivers need or want, a drawback but not much better on competing models. If storage is a paramount concern, consider the Q7 although it was too big for just the 2 of us and adds, at the same Premier level, maybe $7K to the price. Speaking of price, we used the Costco program, not sure whether our deal was "good" but it was easy, comfortable and stress-free. Maybe negotiation would be better for those psychologically equipped for it. For us, not having the hassle is better even if we pay a little more at the end. What's $500 or $1000 really when you're buying that nice a car. I can quarrel about one thing: the "add-ons". We got a $1200 added paint protection and interior protection job, already included. The dealer added the $110 USB connectors (they're nice but $110?). What I really wanted was door cup protection. And the all-weather floor mats probably aren't as good as the after-market WeatherTech mats we ordered for the Toyota Venza but, again, it's only money. For those of you less cavalier than we were, you might save some money there. All-in-all, as we get more comfortable with the car, and try it in different driving conditions, I think that we'll find the Audi to be a worthwhile investment for us. Good wishes to you as well.
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Having previously owned mostly Japanese built cars, and a German made MINI and Audi...Recently bought the new Acura RDX, that was supposed to be a rival to the German smaller SUV's. WOW...no comparision, for only a few thousand dollars less, the Acura was noise, terrible glitchy infotainment, rattles, very poorly made (now built in Ohio), I dumped it for the 2019 Q5. A million times better made car (made in Mexico too) than that horrible Acura. The Q5 is well worth the money...and still thousands less than a similar X3 or XC60. Tires, I was lucky that the dealer installed Michelin, so less noisy.
2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
This is my 3rd Audi and my 2nd Q5. Overall I love it and it is everything I expected except for one thing. The hatchback doesn't go up as high as the 2017 version I had before. I am 5'9" and bent over to put something in the cargo area and smashed my head so hard I saw stars! My sister and brother had the same experience. They have this funky design on the edge of the hatchback door and the door doesn't go up as high as the previous model. So if you are 5'7" or taller - be warned! I consider it to be a design flaw but won't stop me from enjoying my car. Just have to remember to wear my hardhat before I put my groceries in the back!
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Best all round SUV for the price. Our 3rd leased Audi Q5 and we intend to purchase this one at end of lease. Looked (& drove) all the premium SUVs, Alfa Romeo to Porsche and could not find a better all around performer than the Q5.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Q5 models:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Can detect obstacles and pedestrians as well as initiate automatic emergency braking if the driver fails to respond to a series of warnings.
- Side Assist/Pre Sense Rear
- Combines visual and audible warnings when objects enter the Q5's blind spot or cross the vehicle from behind.
- Rear Side Airbags
- Optional airbags can deploy from the side of the rear seats in the event of a side collision.