2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid
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Audi Q5 Hybrid Review
Test drivers say the Audi Q5 Hybrid has a posh interior, strong safety scores and performance that's very good for a hybrid.
The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Together, the two make 245 horsepower, which is a lot for a hybrid. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Test drivers like that the Q5 Hybrid has an eight-speed automatic transmission. Most hybrids have continually variable transmissions that can make them feel underpowered. All-wheel drive is standard. According to the EPA, the Q5 Hybrid gets 24/30 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a small SUV, but not great for a hybrid. Most critics say the Q5 Hybrid has very good performance, with strong acceleration and sporty handling, though a few think its fuel economy should be better.
The five-seat Audi Q5 Hybrid has an interior that most reviewers say is similar to the gas-only Q5's. They say the design is attractive, the construction top-notch and the materials luxurious. Standard features include leather, heated seats, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Audi's MMI infotainment system and an iPod interface. Navigation is also standard, and rear-seat entertainment is optional.
Other Compact SUVs to Consider
For buyers who like the Q5 Hybrid but can't stomach its price of entry, the regular Audi Q5 gets good reviews for its performance and interior. If you go for the four-cylinder Q5 model, fuel economy won't be that much worse than the Q5 Hybrid's.
The Lexus RX Hybrid is larger than the Q5 Hybrid, and is the go-to luxury hybrid SUV for most buyers. The RX Hybrid is a good choice if you need more space than the Q5 Hybrid offers and want a quieter, more comfortable ride.
Details: 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together make 245 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard. The Q5 Hybrid seats five and has standard features like leather seats, navigation and Bluetooth. It's all-new for 2013.