The 2013 Audi Q5 is still just a baby by automotive standards. Debuting in the 2009 model year, the Q5 is Audi's compact luxury SUV. It is built upon Audi's MLP (Modular Longitudinal Platform), which is also the basis for the Audi A5. Its style, performance, versatility and features have made the 2013 Audi Q5 a hit across a broad spectrum of buyers.
In all aspects, the Audi Q5 comes across as a performer. It offers everything one could want in a compact SUV and more than you'll find in most others. Whether you are a buyer looking for luxury, a buyer looking for something bigger than a sedan, or a buyer simply looking for something really enjoyable to drive, the 2013 Audi Q5 should meet the standards.
"Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better compact luxury SUVs. The cabin is plush and quiet, with very comfortable seats, but rear-seat and cargo space are modest. The Q5 is almost as much fun to drive as a sports sedan, and the ride is steady and composed if rather firm." (Consumer Reports)
"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." (Kelley Blue Book)
"Though rivals have their attractions, the Q5 is a class standout for refinement and cargo/passenger versatility. Classy cabin appointments, sporty road manners, and Audi's rising brand status are among other strong assets." (Consumer Guide)
"Just as it did when it was first introduced, this revamped Q5 is apt to attract buyers who like its usable size, sharply tailored interior and clean, if forgettable, design." (Edmunds)
"The face-lifted Q5 is entering one of the most hotly contested segments of the market. However, it has a lot going for it, including build quality, which continues to outshine the SUV competition on a number of fronts." (AutoWeek)
"Audi may have been a little late to the small-luxo-SUV segment, what with the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Lexus RX arriving before the Q5 landed for 2009. But as a five-ute comparison test from that year showed, the wait was worth it—the Audi won." (Car and Driver)
"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...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." (Owner review from Hawaii owner, KBB)
"I just love this car. It is great to drive around town on short trips or on long trips. I wish the seat was a little deeper for my legs on long trips but it is an awesome vehicle! Very sporty and handles well." (Owner review from Debbie, Indiana, KBB)
"There isn't much I don't like about this car! I'm usually very skeptical so I look for the bad things in something first. I've owned my [2013 Q5 2.0T] for over four months now and I still can't find anything wrong with it. I've already got 9,000 miles on it and I couldn't be happier." (Owner review from Estelle B., Georgia)
The 2013 Audi Q5 technically comes in five trim levels but the last one is the Hybrid model, new for this year, so we'll focus on the first four: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, and 3.0T Prestige. The standard features for the 2.0T Premium include automatic headlights and wipers, roof rails, tri-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a sliding/reclining rear seat, Audi's Multi-media Interface (MMI), and a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary jack. Optional equipment on the Premium includes Bluetooth, iPod interface, and heated front seats.
The 2.0T Premium Plus includes all the preceding as standard equipment. It also gets LED running lights, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, and power-folding exterior mirrors. The 3.0T Premium Plus bumps you up to the supercharged engine, keyless ignition/entry, and upgraded exterior trim. For anything further you'll need to jump up to the 3.0T Prestige trim level.
There are several packages that can come attached to the Q5. Remember, this is the luxury class we're talking about. If you've got the money to throw at it, the Q5 can come equipped with just about anything but the kitchen sink. Among some of the more popular features are a Comfort Package, which offers upgraded leather seating, ventilated front seats, transmission shift points, steering assist, and a Navigation Package that offers digital music storage, voice controls, parking assist with rearview camera, and obviously the navigation system.
If there is anything Audi should be famous for it is the elegance of their interiors. The 2013 Q5's interior feels more like a high-class executive office on wheels. Even the base model will make you feel as though you're riding in a premium, top-of-the-line trim. Wood grain accents surround the passengers on all trim levels of the Q5; and seating is roomy and supportive.
The rear seat can seat three comfortably, but only if they're children or a three adults with a very small adult in the middle. The rear seat will also slide fore and aft, as well as recline. If you plan on having no rear passengers, you can fold the rear seats down and increase the Q5's cargo capacity to 57 cubic feet. That's not a great number for this segment, but many drivers will ignore this minor inconvenience for the luxury Audi brings.
If there is a drawback to the Q5 interior it is still with Audi's Multimedia Interface (MMI). It has been a challenge for many users over the past few years and many still find it difficult. Some complain that the buttons and knobs are inconveniently placed on the models not featuring the navigation system; others say the system itself is hard to navigate. In Audi's defense, they have revised the menus in the MMI and made it simpler than previous versions.
The 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that's good for 211 horsepower and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque. It comes coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is the only tranny you'll find on a 2013 Q5, unless you get a Hybrid. The EPA estimates fuel efficiency to be at 20/28 mpg (city/highway) and this is very close to what many owners are confirming to be the case.
The 3.0T comes with a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine that runs out 272 horses and 295 ft.-lbs. of torque. Along with the eight-speed transmission, the 3.0T also gets an automatic stop-start system that saves fuel by shutting the vehicle off when the car comes to a stop. Fuel efficiency for the V6 was estimated at 18/26 mpg. The Hybrid Q5 bumps those numbers up to 24/30 mpg, but retains much of the horsepower lost in most hybrid vehicles. Maximum towing capacity for the Q5 is 4,400 lbs., properly equipped.
While some may consider just sitting in the Q5 to be a treat, driving it can be even more pleasurable. Both engines deliver powerful acceleration and the giddy-up whenever needed. Handling is quick and responsive but some complain that the ride is a bit stiffer than a luxury crossover should feel. The optional Audi Drive Select system is an expensive feature that doesn't offer much in the way of changing the ride or the driving feel, which is precisely what it's supposed to do.
Safety & Reliability
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2013 Q5 the honors of being named one of its Top Safety Picks, giving it a perfect score of Good in all crash tests. The NHTSA has not yet crash tested the 2013 Audi Q5, but did give it four out of five stars in rollover rating. Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A blind spot warning system is also available on the 3.0T Prestige and the Hybrid Q5.
There are currently no major safety recalls on the 2013 Q5. It earned 3 out of 5 stars, which is only average, in J.D. Power and Associates' Vehicle Dependability Study; but it does come with a 4-year/50,000-mile manufacturer's warranty. MSRP on the 2013 Audi Q5 ranges from $35,900 and climbs to $43,900. The Hybrid model starts at $50,900.
|SUV - AWD|
|Premium||quattro 4dr 2.0T Premium||4 Cylinder||AWD||35900|
|Premium Plus||quattro 4dr 2.0T Premium Plus||4 Cylinder||AWD||35900|
|Prestige Hybrid||quattro 4dr 2.0T Prestige||4 Cylinder||AWD||50900|
|Premium Plus||quattro 4dr 3.0T Premium Plus||V6||AWD||43900|
|Prestige||quattro 4dr 3.0T Prestige||V6||AWD||43900|
|2013 Audi Q5||MSRP||Invoice|
|2013 Audi Q5||$35,900||$33,388|
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Interested to see how the 2013 Audi Q5 ranks against similar cars in terms of key attributes? Here are the 2013 Audi Q5 rankings for MPG, horsepower, torque, leg room, head room, shoulder room, hip room and so forth.
|1||2013 Audi Q5||24|
|2||2013 Acura RDX||24|
|3||2013 BMW X3||22|
|4||2013 GMC Acadia||20|
|5||2013 Buick Enclave||20|
|6||2013 Nissan Armada||15|
|1||2013 Nissan Armada||317|
|2||2013 BMW X3||306|
|3||2013 GMC Acadia||288|
|4||2013 Buick Enclave||288|
|5||2013 Acura RDX||273|
|6||2013 Audi Q5||211|
|1||2013 Nissan Armada||385|
|2||2013 BMW X3||300|
|3||2013 GMC Acadia||270|
|4||2013 Buick Enclave||270|
|5||2013 Audi Q5||258|
|6||2013 Acura RDX||251|
|1||2013 BMW X3||40.7|
|2||2013 Buick Enclave||40.4|
|3||2013 GMC Acadia||40.3|
|4||2013 Nissan Armada||39.7|
|5||2013 Audi Q5||39.4|
|6||2013 Acura RDX||38.7|
|1||2013 Acura RDX||42.0|
|2||2013 Nissan Armada||41.8|
|3||2013 GMC Acadia||41.3|
|4||2013 Buick Enclave||41.3|
|5||2013 Audi Q5||41.0|
|6||2013 BMW X3||39.9|
|1||2013 Nissan Armada||65.0|
|2||2013 Buick Enclave||61.6|
|3||2013 GMC Acadia||61.6|
|4||2013 Acura RDX||58.6|
|5||2013 Audi Q5||57.7|
|6||2013 BMW X3||57.3|
|1||2013 Nissan Armada||61.4|
|2||2013 GMC Acadia||58.0|
|3||2013 Buick Enclave||57.2|
|4||2013 Acura RDX||55.7|