Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Audi Q5 OVERVIEW
The Audi Q5 has always been a mainstream player, aimed at delivering what the majority of buyers want in a luxury crossover. It certainly succeeds in that measure, but it's the extras—like cabin quality and a choice of engines—that make the Q5 such a compelling contender.
What's New for 2015
The entry-level Premium models gains some standard equipment.
Choosing Your Audi Q5
The Q5 starts out with a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that puts out 220 horsepower, which is average for a luxury crossover of this size. Things get more interesting with the available supercharged 3-liter V6, which produces 272 horsepower and takes the Q5 from zero to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. The choice for efficiency is the 3-liter turbo-diesel (TDI) V6 with 240 horsepower, which achieves 27 mpg in combined driving. Whichever engine you select, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard.
The Q5's trim levels correspond to what's under the hood:
Regardless of engine, the Premium Plus trim level is the sweet sport for most buyers. The Premium is rather stingy with options, and the price tag on the Prestige kicks it into competition with some much larger vehicles.
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