Part of the Q5's appeal has always been its diverse roster of engines, all of which are capable of motivating the compact crossover in a luxuriously quick fashion. Buyers seeking an extra measure of efficiency will be pleased to know there's a hybrid model in the mix, and a turbocharged one at that.
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2015 Audi Q5 hybrid Overview
What's New for 2015
The Q5 Hybrid is essentially unchanged.
Choosing Your Audi Q5 Hybrid
The Q5 Hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor for a total output of 245 horsepower. You can expect 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving, which may not sound too impressive for a hybrid, but it's substantially better than either of the Q5's available gasoline engines. Also keep in mind that the Q5 Hybrid goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, well above average for a hybrid crossover with all-wheel drive. All things considered, you get an excellent balance of performance and efficiency. Like other Q5 models, the Hybrid carries an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Q5 Hybrid comes only in top-shelf Prestige trim, which means it's near the top of its class in terms of technology and appointments. Every example is outfitted with a web-based navigation system with integrated apps, WiFi capability, a color trip computer, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive headlamps, a heated and cooled cupholder, and a premium Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. This is, of course, in addition to all the expected luxury features like heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and Bluetooth phone and audio.
There are a number ways to tailor the Q5 Hybrid's sumptuous interior to suit your taste. The Luxury package offers an extended Milano leather interior and ventilated front seats with additional adjustments. There's a Sport Interior package with front sport seats, a black cloth headliner and a sports steering wheels with shift paddles. Or you can go with the Audi Exclusive Line package, which adds specially stitched leather upholstery and piano black interior trim.
Interestingly, the Q5 Hybrid costs a bit less than non-hybrid Prestige models, so there's no penalty to pay besides a slight loss in performance.