The 2015 Audi Q5 may not be quite as luxurious as the other crossovers from Audi, but it does deliver a surprisingly broad selection of powertrains. Those who want pure speed can go for the 3.0-litre V6 with its 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, while those who want efficiency can settle for the 2.0T engine with a 54-horsepower electric motor and a battery pack with fuel economy ratings of 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres city and 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres highway.
The 2015 Audi Q5 is yet another excellent addition to the "Q" family, with a wide selection of powertrains, excellent design in every aspect and plenty of high-end interior tech. There's a good reason many people are warming to this luxury crossover, and that's because it's incredibly versatile. Its drivertrains provide responsive acceleration and solid handling, while its ground clearance is good enough for off-roading and day-to-day driving alike. No matter how you use it, it's bound to satisfy you in some way.
On the outside, you won't mistake the Q5 for anything but Audi, thanks to its huge, trapezoid grille and balanced rear with twin tailpipes. It's sporty and luxurious at the same – which is exactly what Audi is all about. In terms features, you get standard LEDs in the taillamps and mirrors as well as the option of adding LED running lights in the headlamps. We like the fact that the Q5 has SUV-like ground clearance of 7.9 inches, because it's high enough to tackle dirty surfaces and low enough for day-to-day activities since climbing into its cockpit is not an exhausting endeavour.
On the inside, the 2015 Q5 is as fantastic as any other Audi, though we would argue that it isn't quite as good as in the other car, like the A4 for instance. There's still plenty of style and comfort here, but something is definitely missing. The Q5 offers plenty of tech, with buttons, dials and knobs being all over the place. The vehicle also comes standard with leather and three-zone climate control that's here to make life just a little easier. The shift level has several jet-like knobs and dials around it to allow for a wide array of optional functionalities. There's also the option of adding wood grain to make things classier. Things can get a little confusing and awkward at times when it comes to tech options, so keep that in mind.
The front seats are as adjustable and supportive as you'd expect them to be, but the roominess of the rear seats is far more impressive, given the vehicle's size. What's more is that they offer a nice 40/20/40 arrangement to allow you to expand the vehicle's already decent cargo area.
Under the hood, the Audi Q5 comes with five different engine configurations, with all the models featuring all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus models come with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that can produce 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Q5 3.0T trims have a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 that can give you 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It is also accompanied by an automatic stop-start system that can save fuel by turning off the engine when you stop. If you get the Q5 3.0 TDI trims, then you will have a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 that can yield 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. It come with the automatic stop-start functionality too. The SQ5 trims get the most powerful V6 version by far, which can pump out 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. The most interesting powertrain option, however, is the combination of a 2.0T engine with a 54-horsepower electric motor and a battery pack in the Q5 Hybrid. This configuration can give you a total of 245 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. While the V6 found in the TDI trim is the most efficient engine in the lineup, the hybrid powertrain is a close second (while also being more "green").
If you want a versatile and luxurious crossover, then the 2015 Audi Q5 is a great option. Its features can be a little annoying sometimes, but as far as performance goes, few crossovers offer such a wide range of option. Definitely give it a try.
2015 Audi Q5
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Rating: 8.2 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2.0 Hybrid Quattro Tiptronic||$57,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro Komfort Tiptronic||$42,600||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro Progressiv Tiptronic||$44,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro Technik Tiptronic||$49,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.0 TDI Quattro Progressiv Tiptronic||$49,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.0 TDI Quattro Technik Tiptronic||$54,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.0 TFSI Quattro Progressiv Tiptronic||$47,400||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.0 TFSI Quattro Technik Tiptronic||$51,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
All 2015 Audi Q5s feature all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway). In Edmunds testing, a Q5 2.0T accelerated to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, an average time for the segment.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Nobody does interiors like Audi, but you could argue that the 2015 Audi Q5 family isn't quite up to the standard as cars like the A4, for example. That said, it's still elegant and comfortable. With an emphasis on technology and, by default, a bevy of buttons, the Q5 comes standard with leather even on base models, and the 3-zone climate control will keep everyone comfortable. The knobs and dials surrounding the shift lever would look at home in a private jet, and the optional wood grain feels classy. The Q5's roomy rear seats fold in a flexible 40/20/40 arrangement.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
Standard safety equipment aboard each 2015 Q5 manifestation includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front head restraint whiplash protection, and front and rear head airbags. LED running lights, front fog/driving lights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors also come standard across the lineup, as does a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Optional safety equipment, meantime, includes rear side-mounted airbags and lane-keeping assistance technology.
Originally appeared on Car Gurus.
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