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2015 Audi Q5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/9/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Audi Q5 gains HID headlights and a power liftgate as standard equipment, plus an optional navigation system on Premium trims. Adaptive suspension is now a standalone option on the Prestige trim while Audi side assist and the navigation package now form the technology package, which is optional on Premium Plus models and standard on the Q5 Hybrid.

A new 19-inch wheel package is now available on all variants except the Hybrid. The sport interior package now comes with a black headliner and Audi Drive Select, while the S Line adds high-gloss black package has been added to the SQ5. Audi exclusive line package has been added to the hybrid while Premium Plus models are now available with the Luxury Package. Five new exterior colors are available: Utopia blue Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic, Sepang Blue Metallic (SQ5 only), and Daytona Gray Pearl (S line and SQ5 only).

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Audi Q5 is a two-row crossover that comes with quattro all-wheel drive as standard equipment and sold in three trims. A diesel, hybrid, and high-performance SQ5 variants are available only in the higher Premium Plus or Prestige grades.


Five engines are available in the 2015 Audi Q5 and are paired to an eight speed automatic transmission.

Model: Q5 2.0T
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 220 hp/258 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 20/28 mpg city/highway

Model: Q5 3.0T
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 272 hp/295 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 18/26 mpg

Model:Q5 TDI
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/428 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/31 mpg

Model: Q5 Hybrid
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 245 hp/354 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/30 mpg

Model: SQ5
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 354 hp/346 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/24 mpg

All engines provide good acceleration for passing and merging, particularly diesel- and V-6-powered Q5s, which offer up plenty of torque across the power band. As a result, the Q5 is one of the quickest vehicles in its class especially in SQ5 guise. Handling is also another strong point, with the Q5 able to change directions faster than most crossovers with its taught suspension that remains comfortable even when going over rough surfaces. Hybrid models are impressive, with smooth transitions between the electric motor and gas engine, and brakes that have the same response as in conventional cars. However, the Q5 Hybrid is limited only to the most expensive Prestige trim, which makes it a questionable value proposition especially with the availability of the diesel engine that offers similar gas mileage with more torque.

Interior quality remains a strong point in the 2015 Q5 with high-grade materials, and a user-friendly infotainment system with clear graphics and good functionality. Technology is a highlight in the Audi Q5 since it offers a long list of features including Audi connect, which enables Google earth 3D satellite images, 4G LTE connection for up to eight mobile devices, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Additionally, the Q5 also offers many optional safety features such as Audi side assist and adaptive cruise control with a stop and go feature.

The 2015 Audi Q5 has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

After the 2013 model year refresh, the Audi Q5 has become one of the best models in its segment, with strong performance and many tech features. In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that the car's suspension leans toward the sporty side, giving it handling and little body roll without sacrificing comfort. The Q5 Hybrid was impressive due to its seamless transition between electric and hybrid modes while the variants with the diesel V-6 and supercharged gas V-6 offered spectacular acceleration that made it one of the fastest in its class. Steering feel, however, is lacking due it feeling "on the light side."

You'll Like

  • Available diesel and hybrid powertrains
  • Excellent acceleration and handling
  • Good infotainment system

You Won't Like

  • Little steering feel
  • Q5 Hybrid not available in lower trim levels

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX
  • Volvo XC60
  • Acura RDX


4 star


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