2016 Audi Q5

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Audi Q5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2016 Audi Q5 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi Q5

  • Gas, diesel and hybrid models
  • Panoramic moonroof now standard
  • Performance-oriented SQ5 model available
  • All-wheel drive standard

2016 Audi Q5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to four-cylinder and V-6 gas engines, the Q5 offers a gas-electric hybrid system or a turbo-diesel engine. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.
(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)

New for 2016
A panoramic moonroof is now standard, and the Audi Connect information system is included with the Navigation Plus Package. The Technology Package available on Premium Plus models now includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Significant Standard Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system

Q5 Hybrid
The Q5 Hybrid, Audi's first hybrid in the U.S., comes with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. Total system output is 245 horsepower. Unlike many hybrids, which use continuously variable automatic transmissions, the Q5 Hybrid uses the same eight-speed automatic as other Q5 models.
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Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to four-cylinder and V-6 gas engines, the Q5 offers a gas-electric hybrid system or a turbo-diesel engine. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.
(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)

New for 2016
A panoramic moonroof is now standard, and the Audi Connect information system is included with the Navigation Plus Package. The Technology Package available on Premium Plus models now includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Significant Standard Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system

Q5 Hybrid
The Q5 Hybrid, Audi's first hybrid in the U.S., comes with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. Total system output is 245 horsepower. Unlike many hybrids, which use continuously variable automatic transmissions, the Q5 Hybrid uses the same eight-speed automatic as other Q5 models.
What's Special

  • EPA-estimated 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive

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SQ5
The SQ5 is the performance-oriented variant in Audi's Q5 crossover lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.

For 2016, red brake calipers, unique 20-inch wheels and diamond-stitched seats are available. An adaptive suspension is now offered as a standalone option for Premium Plus models.

What's Special

  • Zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, according to Audi
  • Gray accents for the grille
  • Aluminum side mirror housings; body color available
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Lowered suspension
  • 20-inch wheels; 21-inch wheels available
  • Leather and Alcantara sport seats
  • Available dynamic steering with variable ratio and assist levels
  • Available gloss-black exterior accents

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Latest 2016 Q5 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

My 2nd Audi car. Love it!

by josiepro from Elk Grove, CA on March 30, 2018

Awesome car! Most reliable and has all the features you need. Smooth ride and great performance. Outside look is beautiful. Fast and safe. Luxury SUV! Read full review

(5.0)

Best SUV I've owned.

by josiepro from Elk Grove, CA on March 20, 2018

My 3rd SUV in the past 15 years. I Love this SUV the best. Very stylish, smooth ride and have all the features I need. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Audi Q5 currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

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
acceptable
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker