2016 Audi Q5

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$40,900

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2016 Audi Q5
2016 Audi Q5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

4 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Audi Q5 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2016 Audi Q5 review: Our expert's take

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

A really fun car to drive.

I had no problems with this vehicle at all. It had a real nice feel when driving and the heated seats were appreciated in the winter.

5.0

Loved the Make and Model, color, interior, style,

Was looking for a car with high safety features, SUV style, but not ridiculously big SUV! Loved the sportiness of the vehicle and especially the features!

5.0

Great commuter!

My wife wanted something comfortable and sporty. This Q5 Premium S-line checked all the boxes. It's comfortable and has zip with the 3.0 supercharged engine. Looking forward to see how it handles MN winters.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
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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