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2013 Audi Q5

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2013 Audi Q5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

The 2013 Audi Q5 is a compact luxury SUV that offers an impressive balance of comfort, performance, style and fuel economy. While just four years old, this 5-passenger SUV has quickly become Audi's number-2 seller behind the A4. A new – albeit pricey – hybrid variant arrives for 2013 in addition to a more powerful V6 engine or the potent-yet-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder found in base models. The Q5 stands out from rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Lexus RX, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti EX and Acura RDX with its standard all-wheel drive and laudable towing capacity of up to 4,400 pounds. The 2013 Q5 has a starting price under $37,000, but costs escalate quickly with options. The Q5's resale value is among the best in class.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Q5 has effortlessly blended elegant looks, premium interiors and good power since its introduction in 2009. The Q5's appeal continues to strengthen with new powerplants, a host of high-tech features, and strong resale value.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want an SUV that emphasizes dynamic handling and swift acceleration, look to the BMW X3. Those seeking the greatest fuel economy might want to look to the Lexus RX Hybrid or the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLK250 diesel (a Q5 diesel is reportedly still in the works for the U.S.). For the value-conscious, the Acura RDX is a better option.

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the Q5

Driving Impressions If the BMW X3 is about speed and the Lexus RX favors comfort, the Audi Q5 splits the difference. This automotive Goldilocks is comfortable and quick, with...

the latter characteristic helped by the new supercharged V6 engine under the hood. If you want to fine-tune your driving experience, say, for more agility and speed or overall comfort, the 2013 Q5's suspension and engine response can be modified with the touch of a button on V6 models with the Audi drive-select feature. The comfortable driver's seat offers a commanding view. The Q5 is nimble in corners, but steering is a bit heavy at low speeds. The Audi Q5 hybrid offers a smooth transition between its electric motor and gasoline engine, but with mileage estimates of 24 mpg city/30 highway, it's not that much more miserly than 4-cylinder Q5 models, which begin about $15,000 less than the admittedly loaded hybrid version.

AUDI CONNECT
This is the name for Audi's sophisticated in-cabin tech system that seems straight out of the future. Offering everything from Google maps with real-time news and traffic info to a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight devices, this system will indeed keep you and your passengers connected.

4 CYLINDERS, 8 SPEEDS
Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is a splendid engine thanks to its blend of power and fuel economy. Connected to the buttery-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission found in the Q5, this powerplant shines even more.

2013 Audi Q5 Details
Interior

The 2013 Audi Q5's interior is just as elegant as the SUV's outer skin. In fact, one might say the cabin dazzles even more with its emphasis on technology and, by default, bevy of buttons. Unlike some competitors, leather is standard even on base models, and tri-zone climate control will keep occupants front and back at the proper temperature. The shift lever and its surrounding cadre of buttons, knobs and dials would look at home in a private jet, while the optional wood grain lends a more classic feel. The Q5's roomy rear seats fold in a flexible 40/20/40 arrangement.

Exterior

Even in a sea of luxury SUVs, the 2013 Audi Q5 stands out with its brilliant looks. From its massive, trapezoidal grille to its well-proportioned rear with twin tailpipes, the Audi is a picture of form and function. LED lights abound, from the optional daytime running lights up front to the standard LEDs in the taillights and those in the side-mirror-mounted turn signals. At 7.9 inches, even the Q5's ground clearance is a good balance between road-going sedan and mountain-climbing beast, which allows the Q5 to tackle both twisty pavement and snow- or dirt-covered roads.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In Q5-speak, a base model is designated "Premium." When it comes to features, that moniker mostly fits the bill, as even that version comes with leather seating, 18-inch 5-spoke wheels, 3-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD player with 10 speakers, and hill-descent control. Surprisingly, you'll still have to pay extra for Bluetooth on base models. Stepping up to Premium Plus and Prestige trims brings heated front seats, iPod integration, auto-dimming rearview mirror, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, power tailgate, and a memory setting on the driver's seat.

Optional Equipment

For those willing to spend the money, a 2013 Q5 can become a seriously high-end vehicle. Among the extras found as options or incorporated within trim levels are a Nappa leather-clad instrument panel, 14-speaker/505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear-seat entertainment package, adaptive cruise control, and high-tech systems with navigation, rearview camera and a 3G network that turns the Q5 into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot. One particularly ingenuous feature is an available thermo cup holder that can warm or cool drinks so your latte stays hot and your soda remains cold.

Under the Hood

Three engine options are available in the 2013 Audi Q5. A 211-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder is standard on lower trims. For those wanting the most power, there is a 272-horsepower supercharged V6. The most fuel-efficient Audi Q5 is the hybrid, which pairs a turbo 4-cylinder with a battery pack and electric motor to make a total of 245 horsepower and attain up to 30 mpg. All 2013 Q5 models are linked to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. All Q5 models are all-wheel drive and are rated to tow up to 4,400 pounds. All three powerplants require premium fuel.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
211 horsepower @ 4,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg

3.0-liter supercharged V6
272 horsepower @ 4,780 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,150 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 plus electric motor/generator
245 horsepower (combined)
354 lb-ft of torque (combined)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 mpg

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2013 Audi Q5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 89 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Excellent vehicle-Great Car

By on Saturday, August 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, drives like a sports car"

Cons: "could use more luggage space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great vehicle. I have had no trouble with it, it drives like a sports car, plently of power, glued to the road. The car has great seats, very comfortable on long trips. The gas mileage is much better than advertised, 30mpg on the highway. I would buy this car again!!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

You have to drive it to judge it!

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, practical for daily use & adventures"

Cons: "MMI system could be more user friendly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought a 2015 2.0T Premium Plus Q5 about a month ago. This car is the most fun/practical/luxury crossover you can buy. Even though Audi has not changed the Q5's design a lot over the years, it has a minimalistic elegance about it. It does not say "hey look at me" when you are driving it but at the same time looks beautiful. Interior is amazing and it feels like you are sitting in a cockpit (especially at night with the red backlights). The driving experience is fantastic and I am finding any reason I get to take it out for a spin. Get this car if you like driving but also want a comfort smooth ride. As everyone has mentioned already, MMI takes a while to get used to and could be more user friendly. The car is too new to comment on it's reliability. Basically, if you are in the market for a luxury crossover SUV, give this baby a test drive!"

21 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Phenomenal power from my 2015 Q5 TDI

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great power and efficiency. Great handling"

Cons: "MMI is not user friendly or intuitive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned the vehicle for about 8 mos. and 11K miles. Over that time there have been essentially no problems, and I've averaged nearly 26 mpg in combined city / highway commuting. Great efficiency, given the power. On the topic of power, we focused on the Audi TDI because my wife is accustomed to the power of her BMW 335 coupe, and wanted a vehicle that could approximate its speed and acceleration, but in a small SUV package. Mission accomplished."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best suv that i have owned

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling, power, comfort"

Cons: "Navigation a little hard to use. Roof slope limits"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great power and handling. Looks great inside and out. Averaged 24.2 mpg over the 45k miles. The roof slope in the back does limit the ability to haul larger items."

15 people out of 28 found this review helpful

15,000 miles, no problems and still love it!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "More than fun to drive. 700 miles/tankful"

Cons: "Don't have the budget to get a 2nd one."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the TDI Prestige Edition with active suspension. Average fuel consumption @ 75mph has been 36.5 mpg (20% higher than the EPA ratings). Getting 26 around town and do NOT use the stop & go feature. Extremely quiet. Great B&O sound system."

17 people out of 28 found this review helpful

They know how to build cars in Ingolstadt!

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Build quality, material quality, performance"

Cons: "Driving position isn't ideal - nitpick"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've always preferred German Cars and have owned several over the years, as well as American and Japanese. Hands down, game over, the fat lady has sung; the fine people of Ingolstadt Germany quite simply build the finest automobiles on the road today. For those of us who need one vehicle that does it all, the Q5 is simply the best value on the market today. Some SUVs do "some" things great but the Audi Q5 somehow strikes the balance and does everything well. After 20K miles, the most prominent feature is the superior build quality which you really notice after a couple of years. Audi uses higher quality materials and tighter tolerances on assembly and the SUV seems to somehow get better with age - hence the high resale value. People of Ingolstadt, thank you! When I finally make it to your beautiful city, drinks are on me."

23 people out of 37 found this review helpful

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