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The long-awaited SQ5 joins the Q5 lineup, motivated by a 354-horsepower supercharged V6. Also new is the introduction of the Q5 TDI clean diesel that delivers up to 31 mpg highway. The base 2.0T sees its horsepower output increase to 220, and Premium Plus models gain more standard features.
In addition to some front- and rear-end design tweaks, the big news for the 2013 Audi Q5 is a new supercharged V6 engine that replaces the naturally aspirated one, and a hybrid powertrain that pairs a turbocharged 4-cylinder with a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor.
For 2012, the V6 models add a sleek S line package with titanium-finished 20-inch 5-spoke wheels, matte black roof rails, and window frames. The top-of-the-line Q5 Prestige model offers new rear-window sunshades, perfect for keeping your rear-seat passengers comfortable in the summertime.
For 2011, a new 2.0T model is introduced featuring a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The 3.2 Premium Plus model features a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and now includes the S-Line exterior package as standard equipment. The 3.2 Prestige gains adaptive headlamps, while the 20-inch wheel option and six-disc CD changer are discontinued.
Blending comfort, style and performance, the 2014 Audi Q5 SUV expands its already impressive portfolio with a new performance model, the SQ5, and a long awaited diesel model. The Q5 has proven its worth by rising to become the company's 2nd-best selling model, just behind the A4. Ironically, the diesel and the hybrid trims earn about the same fuel economy figures, neither of which punch much past 30 mpg. Then again, the Q5 is more about performance than pinching pennies at the pump. Easily the equal of rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX, the Q5's standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and laudable towing capacity of up to 4,400 pounds make it a favorite among buyers who require many services from a single car.
By sportscarfan on Sunday, January 08, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, responsive, handling, great in snow."
Cons: "I really cannot think of any"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Having owned my 2.0T Q5 for 15 months, I am extremely impressed with the Audi for it's great utility and the fact that it is fun to drive. I have owned many sport utility vehicles and the Q5 is by far the most fun to drive as well as having tremendous capability in snow. When the salesman first recommended driving the 4 cylinder 2.0T, I advised him that there was no way I would want a vehicle with such a small motor... (my other vehicle is a 997 Porsche Carerra S - 911). He said "trust me", so I took it for a test drive. I was SOLD -- based on it's responsiveness, relatively great handling, and good gas mileage! Then in February 2011, we got over 24 inches of snow, a record for the area. The Audi was flawless in even the thickest snow. I really can't wait for snowfall this year!"
37 people out of 37 found this review helpful
By amkmeco on Sunday, July 29, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, stable on highway, perfect interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"i'm an Audi guy and i totally love these cars. this car is fun to drive and it's really stable on the highway esp. the 3.2L V6. the only thing that bothers me is that issue with its FSI engine carbon build-up. I had that issue and it was done under warranty but i don't know when it happens again after the warranty expires what shall I do? I like that car and I hope that they fix that issue for good as I'm planning to keep that car. I have driven Mercedes GLK for about 3 weeks while my Q5 is being fixed for that carbon build-up and the only thing that GLK excels the Audi is the smoothiness of the ride and slightly roomy back seats other than that Audi is much better than the GLK."
32 people out of 32 found this review helpful
By Big D on Thursday, February 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car just over 2 months now. I purchased a base model, with only the lighting package and convenience package as upgrades. I was able to keep the price under 40K, so that was good since I'm not a big fan for some of the pricey extras. The handling of the vehicle is great, and the ride is very smooth. It's my first Audi, and I am impressed with it. Checked out BMW, Lexus, Infinity, and Acura, and they just couldn't offer the same vehicle for the price. The interior room is very comfortable, and the rear seats have plenty of space as well. If you've got the bucks to go for the gusto, the supercharged V6 is a nice upgrade, along with sportier wheels and suspension, but the 2.0T has plenty of power for me. I'm very happy with the vehicle and would definitely recommend it to others."
19 people out of 19 found this review helpful