2017 Audi Q5 Buyer's Guide
A Capable Crossover for the Modern Age
The Audi Q5 brings together modern design, one of the best-looking interiors in the segment, endless comfort and no shortage of performance. In anticipation of an all-new Q5 for 2018, Audi streamlined the lineup for the abbreviated 2017 model year. There are three engines available: an efficient, 220-horsepower 4-cylinder, 3.0-liter V6 and the 354-horsepower V6 in the fire-breathing beast that is the SQ5.
"The 2017 Audi Q5 splits the difference between the sporty BMW X3 and softer Lexus RX. Audi's Drive Select mode lets you pick among Comfort, Sport or a customizable in-between setting of your choosing, but none is as sporty as the BMW or as soft as the Lexus. It's a good compromise though, complemented by steering that's a little heavy at low speeds, but with good on-center feel on the highway." Get more driving impressions in our 2017 Audi Q5 full review.
The SQ5 is for SUV buyers who want the thrills of a sports sedan but have the responsibilities that require cargo-carrying and all-season performance. The SQ5 has a sport suspension that makes it the best handling Q5 available, and is powered by a fantastic 354-horsepower supercharged V6 that will rocket the SQ5 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. It also has attractive styling cues that set it apart from the rest of the Q5 line.
2018 Audi Q5
The all-new second-generation Q5 is quicker and roomier, with even cooler tech innovations than before. The Q5 goes on sale in spring 2017, with an all-new SQ5 to follow soon after. You can read our first impressions of the 2018 Audi Q5 right here.
Build and Price
The Q5 starts at just under $42,000 and stretches above $61,000 for the 3.0T Prestige, optioned with all the bells and whistles. (The SQ5 can cost over $67,000.) Build and price your own 2017 Audi Q5 to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
KBB visitor domrcpl has been very happy with the Q5, saying, "The vehicle is truly a very good example of functionality blending in with style. It has one of the smoothest rides we've experienced in a smaller SUV. The automatic transmission shifts flawlessly, and the handling always feel steady. For an SUV, its gas consumption is average - no surprise there. But having the Quattro is greatly appreciated in our neck of the woods. If I have one complaint, it is that one's side visibility is hindered by the size of the side-view mirrors." Read more Audi Q5 consumer reviews.
More Small Luxury SUVs
This popular segment has grown to more than 10 vehicles strong, with each of the entries appealing on a variety of levels. Visit our Compact Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to have a look at all your options.