The 2014 Audi Q5 is a stylish compact luxury crossover vehicle that offers European refinement and excellent road manners at a surprisingly affordable price–in fact, many people consider the Q5 to be the best value in the Audi lineup. For 2014 Audi offers the Q5 in a turbodiesel and adds a bit more pep to the base 2.0 turbo–now rated at 220 horsepower. So let’s take a look at this popular crossover from Audi.
The Q5 has the clean, classic lines you expect from Audi. With a wheelbase of 110 inches and an overall length of 182.6 inches, it is just a tad bigger than a Honda CR-V, though from some angles it looks smaller. And with a curb weight of 4,079, this German CUV has some heft to it.
The Q5 is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium trim includes halogen headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillights, front and rear fog lights, dual exhaust with polish tips and aluminum roof rails. Premium Plus adds Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, a power tailgate and a panoramic sunroof. Finally, Prestige adds adaptive xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights.
The Premium trim comes standard with 18″ 5-spoke V design wheels with 235/60 all-season tires. The Premium Plus and Prestige are available with 19″ 5-arm-star design wheels with 235/55 all-season tires or 20″ 5-arm design wheels with 255/45 summer performance tires.
The Q5 is available in a whopping 14 exterior colors and four interior colors. Our test car was painted Lava Gray–one of three grays offered.
Audi offers some of the best interior designs in the business, and the Q5 is no exception. Everything looks and feels very high quality. Ergonomics and outward visibility are excellent. Front seats are very supportive and comfortable, and rear passengers will have plenty of room. The one place the Q5 is lacking somewhat is rear cargo space. Even with the 40/20/40 rear seats folded flat, it only offers 57 cubic feet, a bit small for this segment.
The Premium includes leather seating with eight-way power front seats, rain/light sensors for automatic windshield wipers and headlights, a three-zone automatic climate control and a four spoke milifunction steering wheels that tilts and telescopes. Also included are a ten speaker audio system with a single CD player, MP3 playback, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth. Premium Plus adds heated front seats with driver memory and the Prestige adds the MIM navigation package and Bang & Olufson sound system with 14 speakers and 505 watts.
There are various other packages available, depending on the drivetrain and trim level, such as the Sport Interior package and the Audi S Line Plus package.
The Q5 is available with three engines: a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI four cylinder rated at 220 horsepower, a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 rated at 272 horsepower, and a newly available 3.0-liter TDI clean diesel rated at 240 hp and a whopping 428 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to a quick shifting eight-speed transmission and all Q5 comes standard with Audi’s world-famous Quattro all wheel drive system. Finally, there is a Q5 Hybrid, which add an electric motor and battery pack to the 2.0T engine for improved efficiency. Our test car had the standard 220 horsepower 2.0-liter, which was plenty of power for around town and freeway driving. And the Audi is perhaps the best handling CUV on the market, with that famous Audi ride quality that is somehow both firm and comfortable. Fuel economy is rated at 20 city/28 highway for the 2.0T, 18 city/28 highway for the 3.0T, 24 city/31 highway for the TDI and 24 city/30 highway for the hybrid.
The Q5 comes standard with driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front side airbags and a head curtain airbags. ABS with electronic brake-pressure distribution and brake assist are standard, as is electronic stability control. Rear side airbags and blind spot monitoring are optional. The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety gave the CR-V a “good” rating in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats testing.
Our test car had a sticker of $46,145, which includes the $37,300 base price for a 2014 Audi Q5 2.0T Quattro Tiptronic, plus $500 for the Lava Gray paint, $3,900 for the Premium Plus model package, $3,550 for the Audi MIM Navigation Plus package and $895 for the destination charge. However, pricing starts at just $37,300. All in all this is a stylish, comfortable and great handling crossover for the money.