How Much Is An Audi Q5? A Complete Guide On Prices And Features

How Much Is An Audi Q5? A Complete Guide On Prices And Features

The German-manufactured Audi Q5 made its debut in America just over a decade ago in 2009. While it's younger than some of its competitors, like the BMW X3, it's currently in second place for the best-selling luxury compact SUV in the US. It's also Audi's best-selling model ever produced.

In this article, we'll take you through a review of the Audi Q5 with highlights on performance, capacity, interior features, safety, competition, and price.

How does the Audi Q5 perform?

Sporting the standard two-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Q5 delivers an output of 261 horsepower. Drivers of the Audi Q5 can expect a fuel efficiency of 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, or 25 mpg combined. This option offers an energetic acceleration that makes driving around town or getting up to highway speeds a breeze. Still, if you're someone who likes a bit more punch behind the wheel, the available plug-in hybrid option adds a collaborative electric motor to the standard engine. This addition brings the Q5 up to 362 horsepower, and drivers can expect a fuel efficiency of an estimated 27 mpg combined. With the added motor, the SUV can also be driven on electricity only, albeit with a range of only 19 miles. If you'd like to save on fuel, you could use this feature for all your errands within a shorter distance, switching to gas as needed.

The Q5 offers a three-liter, V6 engine in the SQ5 trim levels as well. SQ5s are the performance-oriented models of the Q5, not to be confused with the "Sportback" body style, which is entirely separate. With the V6 engine, drivers can expect to reach 354 horsepower, with a fuel efficiency of 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. 

All Audi Q5s and SQ5s come standard with Quattro, Audi's signature all-wheel-drive technology, and a seven-speed automatic transmission. No matter the model, drivers will enjoy a comfortable and quiet ride that gives just the right amount of thrill because of its energy, excellent road grip, and sharp handling around corners.

How many people does the Audi Q5 fit?

With seating for up to five adults, the Q5 offers everyone room to stretch out. The front of the vehicle offers 38 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. The back also fits passengers comfortably with 37.5 inches of headroom and 38 inches of legroom. If you decide to go with the Sportback body style, which gives the Q5 a more athletic appearance, the amount of legroom remains the same, with an extra inch of headroom in the front and back.

The Q5 offers ample room for your gear, with 25.8 cubic feet of storage capacity behind the back seats and 54 cubic feet with the back seats folded down. With the Sportback body style, the Q5’s cargo capacity drops to 24.7 cubic feet behind the back seats and 51.9 cubic feet with the back seats down.

How is the interior of the Audi Q5?

The cabin quality of the Q5 is luxurious, even in the Premium base model. All models come standard with comfortable leather seats, wood trim, and a user-friendly infotainment system. The 10.1-inch touch screen offers drivers haptic feedback in response to commands. Other cabin controls provide a pleasing, tactile experience with buttons and knobs to control the vehicle climate. Everything is within reach for safety and convenience, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road while they quickly and easily make adjustments to the music or climate.

Drivers can integrate their Apple or Android smartphone with the infotainment system, pair their smartphone using Bluetooth, and connect and charge via two USB ports. An immersive ten-speaker stereo comes standard with the Q5, while a premium 19-speaker system by Bang and Olufsen is also available.

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Is the Audi Q5 safe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association awarded the 2022 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback five stars. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to determine if the 2022 Q5 is a top safety pick. The 2021 models made the IIHS list in the plus category, thanks to the exceptional headlights on the Prestige model having met the criteria. Most models from other years received a four- or five-star rating from the NHTSA, and while they didn't make the IIHS top safety pick list, they still hold the highest rating under crashworthiness. As with any vehicle, it's always wise to research any make and model when purchasing.

The Q5 comes standard with plenty of driver-assist and safety tech, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, lane-departure warning, and a rearview camera. The Audi also includes a universal garage door opener, power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for additional safety and convenience.

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What are the Audi Q5's competitors?

The Audi Q5 offers the reliability you need to get you anywhere you're going, making it an excellent luxury SUV for everyday driving. While the base model offers everything necessary for a comfortable driving experience, it's modest compared to the offerings in some of the higher trim levels. 

Compared to other vehicles, the Audi Q5 isn't the most spacious SUV in its class. You'll find higher dimensions than those of the Audi Q5 in the Volvo XC60, with 37.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats and 68.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats down. However, in comparison, the Q5 is more entertaining to drive.

Additionally, the BMW X3 is a close match to the Q5, with similar pricing and specs. Like the Volvo XC60, it offers more cargo space, and the performance models of the X3 come with a more muscular 382-horsepower V6 engine. However, between the standard engines in the two vehicles, the Audi Q5 doesn't lack horsepower. It's more powerful than the BMW, with 261 horsepower versus the X3's 248 horsepower.

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How much is an Audi Q5?

New Audi Q5 prices start at $44,100 for the Premium base model, and the highest trim level, the SQ5 Premium Plus Sportback, is $60,500. If you're looking for something in the middle, the Q5 Prestige starts at $54,800. The Prestige is fully loaded, and you won't pay for the larger V6 engine or other luxury features of the SQ5.

You can also pay less than half the base model's price when buying a used Q5, with models going for as little as $15,800. You're likely to find a loaded model within your budget and save a lot of cash to put toward your next vacation, home renovation, or paying off some of your bills.

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Take it for a spin

The Audi Q5 is an attractive-looking compact SUV that offers its drivers a luxurious interior, smooth ride, and excellent control. It's worth a test drive, even more so when you find a used model that meets all your needs.

If it's Audi that has piqued your interest, and you could see yourself in a luxury sedan, you may also want to check out the Audi A4.

No matter which vehicle you decide to call yours, you can buy any of Shift's cars directly online without having to step foot in a dealership. With Shift, you won't encounter hidden issues, as they perform an extensive 150-point inspection on every make and model in their inventory. You'll also get a fair, upfront price without having to haggle. What's not to love about that?

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