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2015 Audi Q5

$8,060 — $50,592 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Diesel's fuel economy estimates
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Smallish multimedia screen
  • Top-heavy feel during sharp turns
  • Backseat room
2015 Audi Q5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Audi Q5
  • Power liftgate now standard
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Performance-oriented SQ5 model available
  • Hybrid version available
  • All-wheel drive standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Editor's note: This review was done in October 2013 about the 2014 Audi Q5. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

What Is the 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 is a compact luxury SUV that seats five and competes with the Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Trim levels include the gas-powered 2.0T Premium and 3.0T Premium Plus, as well as the diesel-powered 3.0T TDI Premium Plus. All-wheel drive is standard throughout. The Q5 Hybrid and sportier SQ5 are covered separately.

What's New on the 2015 Audi Q5?

For 2015, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and a power liftgate are included standard.

How Does the 2015 Audi Q5 Compare to Other Compact Luxury Crossovers?

In the 3.0T Premium Plus trim level, the 2015 Audi Q5 offers V-6 performance similar to that of the Acura RDX, but at a higher price. In addition, the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 both have higher performance specs, and the Q5 exhibited more body lean in tight turns. Inside, the Q5's multimedia system is comparable to those from other luxury brands, but the BMW X3 has a larger screen.

What Features in the 2015 Audi Q5 Are Most Important?

The 2015 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas-powered four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower, and the 3.0T Premium Plus upgrades to a supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6 with 272 hp. An available turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 reaches 240 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard with all models.

Notable standard features include a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, wood inlays and a split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, 19- or 20-inch wheels, a Bang & Olufsen premium stereo, a navigation system and heated and ventilated front seats.

As required in all new cars, the Q5 includes front airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes. In addition, front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows of seats are standard. Available safety features include a backup camera, a blind spot warning system and rear-seat side-impact airbags.

Should I Buy the 2015 Audi Q5?

While the Audi A5 might have excessive body roll, inconsistent steering, a narrow backseat and a multimedia screen that isn't as big as its competitors', there's still a lot to say in its favor. Powerful acceleration, high towing capacity and a well-appointed cabin are all perks, and a low cargo floor makes for easy cargo access. The turbo-diesel engine also has excellent fuel economy estimates.

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2015 Audi Q5 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Q5 is the best vehicle

by Judy from PEORIA on November 15, 2018

This vehicle meets exceeds all expectations as we test drove several names prior to our decision to purchase the Audi Q5 this is the only vehicle that we went back to. As we had two 2012s and in 2015 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful Car!

by CNWood from Inglewood on July 1, 2018

I just bought my Q5 and I was so excited to drive it home. I felt like I did when I was 16 and had just gotten my driver's license. It was a thrilling ride... very fast and great features. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Audi Q5 currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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