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.
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:
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.