2015 Audi Q5 Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - September 17, 2014

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.

2015 Audi Q5 Glam

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:

2.0T Premium

Carries the 2-liter turbo and all of the expected features in this class: leather seating with power in front, LED running lights and taillights, aluminum roof rails, a power liftgate, Blueooth phone and audio, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Optional on the Premium are heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system and 19-inch wheels in place of the standard 18s.

2.0T Premium Plus

Gets the heated seats and sunroof as standard, plus driver memory settings, aluminum exterior trim, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, and keyless ignition. A number of options become available at this level. The Technology package adds a web-based navigation system, WiFi access, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and a rearview camera. There's also a Sport Interior package with selectable driving modes, a three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles, front sport seats and a black headliner. A Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system is available separately.

3.0T Premium Plus

Equipped with the supercharged V6 engine, along with standard 19-inch wheels, headlamp washers, a different steering wheel and sporty "S Line" styling accents. All models at this trim level and above can get a Luxury package with upgraded leather upholstery, a leather-topped dashboard, and ventilated front seats -- and a High Gloss Black package with 20-inch wheels, gloss black exterior trim, a sports steering wheel and the contents of the Sport Interior package.

3.0T Prestige

Gets the Technology package and Bang & Olufsen system as standard, plus adaptive headlights, rear sunshades and a heated and cooled cupholder. The Prestige is eligible for the Audi Exclusive Line package, which adds specially stitched leather upholstery and piano black interior trim. The Prestige can also get an adaptive suspension system and a Driver Assistance package with dynamic steering and adaptive cruise control.

3.0 TDI Premium Plus

Features the turbo-diesel engine and the 3.0T Premium Plus equipment, except the S Line exterior trim and headlight washers. These items are available in the TDI's S Line Plus package, which also includes the High Gloss Black package.

3.0 TDI Prestige

Adds the Prestige equipment and options to the above.

CarsDirect Tip

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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