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2016 2.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $40,900
2016 3.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility Price:   -  From $46,000
2016 3.0 TDI Premium Plus 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility Price:   -  From $48,100
2016 SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility Price:   -  From $53,300

Overview

Among compact luxury crossovers, the Audi Q5 has always been a people pleaser, delivering exactly what most buyers want at an accessible price. To keep it from getting lost in the competitive mix, Audi has also endowed the Q5 with impressive interior quality and three available engines.

What's New for 2016

The Q5 sees some equipment revisions, including a standard panoramic sunroof for the base model.

Audi Q5

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 turbodiesel (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. An adaptive suspension system is available with the V6 and TDI.

The Q5's trim levels break down according to the engine:

Audi Q5

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, Bluetooth, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. A panoramic sunroof is now standard as well. As for options, you can add heated front seats, navigation, and 19-inch wheels in place of the standard 18s.

Audi Q5

2.0T Premium Plus

Gets the heated seats as standard, plus driver memory settings, aluminum exterior trim, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, and keyless ignition. Two major option group become available at this level. The Technology package features web-based navigation, a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors. The Sport Interior package adds selectable driving modes, shift paddles, front sport seats, and a black headliner.

Audi Q5

3.0T Premium Plus

Equipped with the supercharged V6 engine, along with standard 19-inch wheels, headlamp washers, 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, and the contents of the Sport Interior package.

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3.0T Prestige

Gets the Technology package 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 a Driver Assistance package with dynamic steering and adaptive cruise control.

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3.0TDI Premium Plus

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

Audi Q5

3.0TDI Prestige

Adds the Prestige equipment and options to the above.

CarsDirect Tip

Whichever engine you chose, the Premium Plus trim level gives you the most for your money. The Premium is rather stingy with options, and the Prestige is priced along the lines of some much larger vehicles.

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Expert Review

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Audi has quickly moved from an up-and-coming luxury automaker to one of the best of the luxury segment. The 2016 Q5 gives the German brand a foot in the compact luxury crossover door, which has been booming as of late.

Pricing and Equipment

Pricing for the 2016 Q5 kicks off at a decent $40,900 for the Prestige trim with the 2-liter engine, but it can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. We definitely prefer the extra power that the supercharged 3-liter V6 offers, but we would have had to shell out at least $46,000 to get into one. And a Q5 with an economical turbo-diesel starts at $48,100.

Standard features on the Audi Q5 include:

  • Eight-speed Tiptronic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Leatherette seating
  • Audi Concert radio

Performance Pros

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The engine options for the 2016 Q5 are quite eclectic -- ranging from a decently powerful 2-liter to a mightily supercharged V6 and a thrifty 3-liter diesel. Standard all-wheel drive is a nice benefit too. Some highlights are engine-specific:

  • 27 mpg combined from the turbo-diesel engine
  • 60 mph comes in just six seconds with the supercharged V6

Others are true of the entire range:

  • Snappy shifts from the eight-speed transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Performance Cons

  • We think steering can feel a little numb
  • Likewise, Drive Select modes don't always feel natural

Interior Pros

Audi Q5

Audi has long rested its faith in providing a clean cabin that is free of flashy bits that cheapen it. We particularly appreciate the perception of space created by the positioning and shape of the Q5's dashboard.

  • Elegant styling gives the cabin a classy look
  • There are lots of standard features

Interior Cons

While the cabin is well laid out, we notice a few clutter issues and some less-than-premium materials.

  • Too many buttons to fumble around with on the center stack
  • Leatherette seating isn't what we'd expect from a luxury crossover

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The impressive range of engines enables a buyer to prioritize what's most important to them: lower purchase price (2.0 T), fuel economy (3.0 TDI), performance (3.0 T), or a mix of the two (Hybrid).

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Only the Hybrid and 3.0 TDI manage to surpass 28 mpg -- we would expect to see 30 mpg from the 2.0 T, but Audi does not deliver here.

The Bottom Line

Audi Q5

The 2016 Audi Q5 is an excellent option for buyers looking for a small crossover with upscale amenities. Yes, it does get a little expensive in higher trim levels, and some models offer mediocre fuel economy, but its features make it a great all-around package.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 220 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 220 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Quattro All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$76
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
57.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.6 "
Exterior Width
74.7 "
Exterior Height
65.2 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
41.0 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,200 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 14 Bang & Olufsen
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 5,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

Used 2016 Audi Q5 for Sale

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Audi
2.0T Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility
Color: Silver
Price

$13,995

Mileage

106,930 mi

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Unique Auto Center (58 mi)

Phone: (909) 873-1111
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2.0T Premium Plus
Color: Gray
Price

$14,499

Mileage

80,351 mi

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2.0T Premium Plus
Color: Blue
Price

$14,790

Mileage

79,872 mi

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Phone: (888) 287-0448

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Prestige
Color: Black
Price

$36,998

Mileage

14,330 mi

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Phone: (888) 575-1163
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