Pros: The 2015 Audi Q5 is one of the most stylish CUVs on the market despite the current generation being several years old, and also one of the most pleasant to drive thanks to a great selection of engines and Audi's renowned quattro all-wheel drive as standard. The interior is a showcase of exceptional craftsmanship and refinement, while the TDI delivers superb fuel economy.
Cons: Cargo room isn't impressive, options are pricey, the control layout takes some getting used to, and no rearview camera comes standard. Road noise can be an issue, as well.
2015 Audi Q5 Price: Excluding the Q5 Hybrid and high-performance SQ5 models (don't miss our previews of these specific models in the coming weeks), the lineup consists of three models including 2.0T at $41,900, 3.0T at $46,700, and 3.0 TDI at $49,200. Komfort, Progressiv, and Technik trim levels are available with the first one; Progressiv and Technik trims can be had with the other two.
2015 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy: The 2.0T achieves 12.0/8.0L/100km (city/hwy), while the 3.0T is rated at 13.2/9.2L/100km. Using the acclaimed TDI powerplant, the Q5 burns just 10.0/7.5L/100km.
Improvements and Changes: No significant changes for 2015.
Powertrain: You can buy a new Audi Q5 with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, a 3.0L supercharged V6 with direct injection that generates 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 with direct injection delivering 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. In all three cases, power is routed through an 8-speed Tiptronic autobox and Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system.
Cargo Capacity: The trunk can swallow 824 litres of cargo, and about twice as much with the rear seats folded.
Safety: The 2015 Audi Q5 relies on stability and traction control to improve handling when conditions get slippery. Audi Side Assist is available to monitor blind spots. In the event of a collision, six airbags can deploy (eight optionally), while a system automatically cuts the fuel supply, unlocks the doors, and activates the hazard lights.
Comparing the 2015 Audi Q5: The Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, and Volvo XC60 are just a few alternatives in a crowded premium compact CUV segment.