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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
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 101 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Q5 2.0T Continues to Amaze Me

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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."

19 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Made a mistake with the 2.0T Q5

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "stylish, comfortable"

Cons: "2.0T is weak, engine noise, poor cornering"

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

"I traded in my 2008 Audi A6 3.2 for this 2016 Q5 with the 2.0T engine. The fit & finish of the vehicle is great, but here's the problem... they never should've offered it with the 2.0T option! This engine is just too small to do this suv any justice. Hitting the gas to jump into traffic is so pathetic; the engine spools up for 3 seconds then you go- I have zero confidence passing anyone without a mile of visibility ahead and cornering is clumsy. The car really spends most of the time in a higher rpm range trying to navigate highway traffic. Very slow. Get the 3.2 if looking to buy the Q5."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

WORST CAR EVER!

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Cute car. Loved it when it was new."

Cons: "All issues are mechanical"

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

"The car was great when first purchased. Started burning oil (about 1 quart per 1000 miles), dealer said it was normal. Had several severe engine problems with coils and turbo. Now they say its a catastrophic engine failure after it was just in there a month ago. They will not warranty their product. Will never consider another one and will be changing brands. Customer service at the corporate level are all scripted and unwilling to help."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Sorry I bought it

By on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks great, smooth ride, fun to drive"

Cons: "Pretty much everything else"

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

"I've disliked this car from the second week I owned it. First, it's like an oven inside. I spent and extra $1000 having the windows tinted & you can still feel the heat radiating through. Even the underside of the visors get warm to the touch. I've had to replace all 4 tires at 22k miles due to wear. And the brakes have been squeaking since 15k miles & I'm told I need new brake pads these are worn. Audi Service tries to lay the fault for the tires & brakes on my driving, but I never had issues with my BMW330i, Toyota Highlander, Acura Legend or Infiniti Q37. Also, I have the 3.0 Premium & if you give it too much gas getting on the highway you get a shrill warning about the engine RPM - which the indicator light doesn't go off until you turn the car off. What's the point of the power if you can't use it"

8 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Transmission failure at 250 miles

By on Monday, February 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 260

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

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

"In under a month with just about 250 miles on it, the car's transmission system broke down requiring it to be replaced in it's entirety. What a piece of useless stuff this is!"

4 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "too many to list"

Cons: "large side mirrors...turning visibility problem"

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

"FIRST problem in six years just occurred...rear hatch not latching properly...$325.00 repair for new module/mechanism. Otherwise six years of trouble free ownership. Only anticipated cost will be brake service although brake warning has not yet displayed at 53,000 miles...consider as maintenance."

26 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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