2017 Audi Q5

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$40,900–$46,400 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Audi Q5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Smallish multimedia screen
  • Top-heavy feel during sharp turns
  • Backseat room

Notable Features of the 2017 Audi Q5

  • Gas only models for 2017
  • Hybrid, diesel versions on hold
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Performance-oriented SQ5 model available

2017 Audi Q5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats up to five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. For 2017, power comes from a gas four-cylinder or V-6 engine; Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works on resolving an emissions-cheating scandal, and the gas-electric hybrid has been shelved until the Q5 is redesigned. A performance-oriented SQ5 model remains in the lineup.

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New for 2017
The uplevel 3.0T Prestige model gets a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi drive select and adaptive cruise control. The 2.0T Premium Plus model gets new 19-inch wheels and all-season tires.
Significant Standard Features

  • 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 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

  • 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system


SQ5
The SQ5 is the performance model in the Q5 lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged 3.0-lit...

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats up to five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. For 2017, power comes from a gas four-cylinder or V-6 engine; Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works on resolving an emissions-cheating scandal, and the gas-electric hybrid has been shelved until the Q5 is redesigned. A performance-oriented SQ5 model remains in the lineup.

(Skip to details on the: SQ5)
New for 2017
The uplevel 3.0T Prestige model gets a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi drive select and adaptive cruise control. The 2.0T Premium Plus model gets new 19-inch wheels and all-season tires.
Significant Standard Features

  • 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 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

  • 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system


SQ5
The SQ5 is the performance model in the Q5 lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available 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 2017, the Prestige model comes with adaptive steering, and a Black Optic Plus Package is a new appearance option.

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 adaptive steering with variable ratio and assist levels

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Latest 2017 Q5 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

An Audi Experience

by Lou C. from Eastchester, NY on May 1, 2018

Great quality, fun to drive, a terrific automobile! The Audi product deserves a second look it's comfortable and performs very well in all types of road conditions. Read full review

(5.0)

The very best of my MANY cars!

by Audifan from Pinehurst, NC on April 23, 2018

I have never been this satisfied with an automobile. Great acceleration, comfortable, stylish and a great value for the price. I have owned approximately 50 cars. This one is a keeper. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Audi Q5 currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

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
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.

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