Used Car: 2013 Audi Q5 Review
The Audi Q5 gets good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers praised its high-quality cabin, roomy seats and sporty driving dynamics.
The base 2013 Audi Q5 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that automotive writers said has ample highway passing power. A supercharged V6 is available, which reviewers said feels even more potent. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, which test drivers found responsive, with imperceptible shifts. The 2013 Q5 earns an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is better than that of most rivals. Test drivers agreed that the Audi Q5 has agile handling and feels well-controlled in turns, and most thought it has a firm, but comfortable, ride. The Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive.
According to automotive journalists, the 2013 Audi Q5’s cabin is tastefully designed and well-constructed. The Q5 seats five and has standard leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated and ventilated front seats are available. Automotive writers said the front and back seats are comfortable and have ample head- and legroom. Standard features in the 2013 Q5 include tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and Audi's MMI infotainment system. Available features include a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, iPod integration, Bluetooth, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, navigation and a panoramic moonroof. For 2013, the Q5 became available with the subscription-based Audi connect wireless Internet service. A few test drivers said the Q5’s MMI infotainment controller takes some time to get used to. The 2013 Q5 has 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, and 57.3 with them folded. While some rivals offer more overall cargo room, reviewers found the cargo area useful, with convenient 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats and a wide opening.
Other SUVs to Consider
Test drivers said that the 2013 Infiniti EX’s navigation and infotainment controls are straightforward and intuitive. They were also impressed with its agile handling and powerful V6 engine.
According to reviewers, the 2013 BMW X3 has ample power with either of its available engines, and its sharp handling makes it fun to drive. Like the Q5, the base X3 earns good fuel economy estimates for the class and comes standard with all-wheel drive.