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MSRP: $37,300 - $51,900
Invoice: $34,690 - $48,268
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Audi Q5 Review

The 2014 Audi Q5 ranks 2 out of 12 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi Q5, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Audi Q5 is ranked:

With agile handling, a refined base engine and a premium interior, test drivers think the 2014 Audi Q5 is one of the best luxury compact SUVs you can buy. For having the best combination of factors that appeal to families, we named the Q5 our 2014 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. 

The Audi Q5 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that most reviewers agree provides plenty of power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers say it shifts quickly and smoothly. A supercharged V6 is optional, and automotive critics think that it provides strong acceleration. A TDI model is new for 2014, and features a turbodiesel V6 engine that reviewers say is powerful and refined. The 2014 Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for a luxury compact SUV, while the Q5 TDI gets 24/31 mpg city/highway. Most test drivers say the 2014 Q5 is fun to drive, with agile handling, accurate steering and a smooth, comfortable ride. The Audi Q5 has standard all-wheel drive and reviewers say it gives the SUV excellent traction.

Automotive writers agree that the Q5 has an attractive interior that features first-rate materials and outstanding construction. They think the front seats are comfortable and roomy and feature excellent outward visibility. Reviewers say the rear seats are spacious, and they like that they can recline and slide forward and backward. The 2014 Q5 also has a large cargo area for the class, and more standard features than some luxury compact SUVs. Some automotive journalists say the standard MMI infotainment system, which controls climate and audio settings, could be more user-friendly. The 2014 Audi Q5 comes standard with leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod integration, a 10-speaker stereo and Audi’s MMI infotainment system. Options include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, a panoramic moonroof and an upgraded MMI system with navigation.

  • "With its exciting performance, high fuel economy and welcoming cabin, the 2014 Audi Q5 is a star among compact luxury crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're looking for a 5-passenger luxury SUV that wears many hats, the 2014 Audi Q5's combination of power, performance, luxury and ability will likely strike a positive note." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Combine all of that with Audi's famed all-wheel-drive quattro system and you have a front-runner for the top luxury compact utility vehicle, dated styling or not-as long as you're willing to pay the $9200 and $2100 premium, respectively, compared with the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter gasoline engines." -- Popular Mechanics (TDI)
  • "The facelifted 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 (2013)

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers say the BMW X3 has a powerful base engine and good fuel economy. They also write that the X3 offers good passenger space in the front and rear seats and a spacious cargo area for the class.

The Acura RDX has a lower starting price than the Q5, but it comes standard with features the Q5 doesn’t, including a rearview camera, push-button start and heated front seats. Critics say the RDX has a powerful standard V6 engine and a spacious, comfortable interior.

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Details: 2014 Audi Q5

The 2014 Audi Q5 seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. The 2014 Q5 is available in a number of trims, ranging from the base Q5 2.0T Premium with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, to the top-of-the-line SQ5 Prestige with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic. The Audi Q5 Hybrid is also available. The Audi Q5 receives powertrain and interior feature updates for 2014, but hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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