The compact luxury crossover market is booming, and the 2017 Audi Q5 has the segment covered. With two robust engine choices and standard all-wheel drive, the Audi Q5 should be on your short list of prospective buys.

Pricing and Equipment

Audi Q5

Introduced in 2009 and refreshed in 2013, the first-generation Audi Q5 is coming to the end of its illustrious run. An all-new model will roll out in 2018, but if you’re not inclined to wait, you may find the current version entirely suitable for your needs.

Changes for 2017 include standard 19-inch wheels for all Premium Plus models. The top-of-the-line Prestige edition benefits from standard adaptive cruise control and a selectable driving mode system (known as Audi Drive Select). The slow-selling hybrid variant has been dropped.

Pricing for the Q5’s trims follows:

The 2017 Audi Q5 is priced from $40,900, unchanged from last year. That price is thousands less than the Lexus RX, the segment’s top seller.

Beyond the base Premium trim, which comes with the smaller engine only, shoppers can consider the Premium Plus ($43,150) and Prestige ($53,200) trims.

The standard engine is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2-liter is the only choice for the Premium model and one of two engines available on the Premium Plus. Models so equipped can run from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds according to Audi. EPA ratings are 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Audi Q5

Shoppers might also consider the supercharged 3-liter V6, which is optional on the Premium Plus and standard on the Prestige. The unit makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The extra power shaves a full second off the dash to 60 mph, and enables the Q5 to tow up to 4,400 pounds. Fuel efficiency drops only slightly, to 18 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes xenon headlights, LED running lights, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, power front seats, and an Audi music interface with iPod integration.

Premium Plus models get 19-inch wheels, heated front seats with driver seat memory, keyless ignition and access, and power heated side mirrors. Choose the Prestige trim and your Audi Q5 comes outfitted with upgraded exterior lighting, navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Upgrades, depending on trim, include a Navigation package with an HD radio and CD player ($2,100), heated seats ($500), and rear side airbags ($350). For buyers considering the Premium Plus, the larger engine is a $3,250 upgrade. A Technology package ($4,250) brings in the Bang & Olufsen sound system found on the Prestige trim, as well as navigation, blind spot monitoring, and an automated parking system. A Luxury package ($2,300) introduces upgraded leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. Customers can also choose a Sport Interior package ($750), a Black Optic package ($1,500), and an S Line Competition Plus package ($1,100). Choosing the available active damping suspension adds another $1,000 to your price. Special exterior color choices can add up to $3,900 to your final cost.

Package prices may vary according to trim and are subject to change. Vehicle prices do not reflect a $950 destination charge.

Performance Pros

Audi Q5
  • Both engines supply robust power, so choosing means deciding between two different forced induction methods: turbocharging and supercharging. Choose the latter if performance is a priority for you.
  • Kudos to Audi for offering standard all-wheel drive. They could have supplied a base model with front-wheel drive, but then that would have diminished what is a solid-handling crossover.

Performance Cons

  • Fuel economy is not this model’s strong suit. You best you can do is 22 mpg in combined driving. Yes, we miss the turbodiesel V6 engine.

Interior Pros

  • Audi doesn’t skimp on the standard features and that’s refreshing in a market where some manufacturers try to win the entry-price game by offering a bare-bones model.
  • A panoramic sunroof is standard on the Q5. Most competitors offer it as a pricey add-on.

Interior Cons

  • The Audi Q5 is an older model and is beginning to show its age. Even so, Audi makes do with what it has by utilizing high-quality materials, a clean layout, and superb fit and finish.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The interior is roomy and holds five. The standard 29 cubic feet of storage space is welcome, as is the 57 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Take this crossover on a weekend getaway with your best bud and you’ll have ample room for your luggage and the antique goodies you find along the way.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Prices can climb very quickly, especially when you choose the larger engine. A fully loaded Q5 tops out at $60,000.

The Bottom Line

So, you’re thinking of waiting a year for the second-generation model? You might want to seriously consider the current model with its reasonably low starting price and generous list of standard features. We think shoppers will be satisfied with the base engine, and then build their Q5 from there. The Premium Plus trim is a terrific place to start. Even with the Technology package, you’ll pay under $48,000, destination charge included.