2015 Audi Q5 hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Audi Q5 hybrid. 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

Notable Features of the 2015 Audi Q5 hybrid

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

2015 Audi Q5 hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid and a turbo-diesel version are offered. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)


New for 2015
A power liftgate and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment
  • Wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6
  • Available 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain ...
Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid and a turbo-diesel version are offered. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)


New for 2015
A power liftgate and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment
  • Wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6
  • Available 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Available blind spot warning system 
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear-seat side-impact airbags

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 as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. Total system output is 245 hp.

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 first performance-oriented variant in Audi's crossover lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.

What's Special

  • Zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, according to Audi
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • 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

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Audi Q5 hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Audi Q5 hybrid 2.0T Prestige

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
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
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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 hybrid 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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