Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
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.
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.
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