Q5 2.0T Continues to Amaze Me
By Mike67 on Friday, April 15, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Outstanding in Every Regard"
Cons: "Still hunting for something significant."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have now owned my 2015 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus for about 20 months, and I continue to be amazed by this automobile. It is incredibly comfortable--which tilted my purchase from a BMW to Audi, it handles superbly, and it has been without flaws and incredibly reliable. It is all I could ask for in a vehicle intended for everyday use.
It is an exceptionally well handling vehicle, particularly given its size and relatively tall height. Recently, my wife had to make an emergency lane switch because of an object in our lane. The vehicle responded superbly without any undue "drama," in spite of our relatively high rate of speed. The Q5 simply "goes where you point it" without any resistance or sluggishness. Additionally, in addition to being very comfortable--we have the Sport Package which includes absolutely the most comfortable seat I have ever experienced in an automobile, it is exceptionally quiet; it is easy to carry on a normal volume conversation, even when driving down the road at 65 to 70 mph.
Next, fuel economy has been quite good, with most tanks involving mixed driving yielding about 23 to 25 mpg. Very slow in-town driving yields only about 19-20 mpg, but in sustained highway driving at 65-70 mph on relatively level ground and using the cruise control, the Q5 can turn in 29-31 mpg. (One note: I switched from various regional brands to a well-known national brand prominent in racing, and my mileage jumped 2 mpg overall.) I had originally considered the 3.0 TDI or the 3.0T, but the payback for the diesel worked out to about 11+ years, and after driving both the 2.0T and the 3.0T, I felt the 2.0T was somewhat more agile and did not suffer significantly from the 52 hp and 37 lb/ft torque difference. I am extremely happy with my choice of the 2.0T. That might not be the case if we were talking about the 354 hp/346 ft/bl SQ5, however!
One really minor annoyance that may stem from my ignorance more than from the characteristics of the vehicle. When starting the car the radio comes on automatically even when it was off previously--a minor annoyance I may be able to resolve by reading the manual more thoroughly. This hardly detracts from our overall satisfaction with the vehicle, however.
In summary, this is absolutely the best automobile I have ever owned, hands down. The ride is sublime, the handling is superb, fit and finish are impeccable--best build quality I have ever seen, and economy--if that is not a contradiction in concept for this car--is excellent. In every regard, this is an impeccable automobile. You cannot go wrong with the Audi Q5."
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