John Diether
Automotive Editor - July 8, 2015

2016 Audi Q5 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.

2016 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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