- The 2015 Audi Q5 is very stylish, luxurious, efficient, fun to drive with four different powertrains. It’s a star in its class
State of the art interior design; TDI and hybrid’s impressive fuel economy; 3.0T’s strong supercharged V6; super great brake performance; sporty handling.
Relatively stiff ride; compromised control layout with no navigation; reduced natural steering feel.
Every Q5 now has a new feature of xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and a power lift gate. Smaller design changes include the debut of an “Audi exclusive line” package and the of the provision of an upgraded, console-controlled MMI system with navigation across the lineup.
Audi’s desire to building premium vehicles is familiar by now: Satisfy segment standards, healthy doses of design, cabin quality and excellent powertrain performance. The 2015 Audi Q5 crossover could serves as a great purpose in its class.
Audi presents it with everything from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a turbocharged diesel V6, throwing in a supercharged V6 and a four-cylinder hybrid system for good measure. Although the Q5 is among the older members in its category, with roots stretching back to 2009, consistent upgrades over the years have kept its leading status.
Over the years Audi’s engineers have sort to make their creations more fun to drive, and the Q5 is exemplary here as well. It really does feel at home going between corners on a country road. However, the demerit is that on bumpy roads the Q5 will jostle you around more than competing rivals. But if you value this crossover’s above-average handling, you probably won’t mind; otherwise, you might.
Body Styles, Trims Level, and other features
The 2015 Audi Q5 is a great luxury crossover that comes in seven trim levels that rhymes with the four available engines namely; 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, 3.0 TDI Premium Plus, 3.0 TDI Prestige and 2.0T Hybrid Prestige.
Standard equipment on the 2.0T Premium is inclusive of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels (19s are optional), automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, heated exterior mirrors, aluminum roof rails with crossbars, a power lift gate, eight-way power front seats (inclusive of four-way power lumbar for the driver and optional heating), also a tilt-and-telescoping four-spoke steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, a sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) with dash-mounted controls, a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB input, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.
The 2.0T Premium Plus offers aluminum exterior trim, a panoramic sunroof (optional on 2.0T Premium), auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, driver memory settings and an auto-dimming interior mirror.
The 3.0T Premium Plus adds the supercharged V6 engine, 19-inch wheels, “S line” exterior styling tweaks, headlight washers and a three-spoke steering wheel.
The 3.0T Prestige tacks on adaptive headlights, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, a heated and cooled cup holder, rear door sunshades and the Technology package (including blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a color trip computer, a navigation system with voice controls, “Audi connect” online services with mobile WiFi capability and an upgraded MMI system with console-mounted controls).
The 3.0 TDI Premium Plus features the diesel engine but is otherwise equipped like the 3.0T Premium Plus, lacking only the S line exterior trim and the headlight washers (available via the “S line plus” package, described below). Likewise, the 3.0 TDI Prestige is similarly equipped to the 3.0T Prestige.
Lastly, the 2.0T Hybrid Prestige has unique 19-inch wheels, hybrid badging and hybrid-specific instrumentation, but it otherwise has the features of the other Prestige trims.
The Prestige-spec Technology package described above is offered as an option on all other trims except the base 2.0T premium, which offers a Navigation package that lacks Audi connect and the parking/safety features (but includes the MMI upgrade with controls on the center console). Similarly, the Bang & Olufsen stereo is offered on all but the base trim, as is the Sport Interior package (including a three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles, front sport seats, a black cloth headliner and Audi Drive Select, which provides four selectable settings for throttle response, transmission shift points and steering assist). The Luxury package (including ventilated front seats with power lumbar, upgraded leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped dashboard) is offered on all 3.0T/3.0 TDI trims and the 2.0T Hybrid Prestige.
The 3.0T can also be equipped with the High Gloss Black package (including the Sport Interior package plus 20-inch wheels, gloss-black exterior trim, matte-black roof rails and a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel). The 3.0 TDI’s version is the “S line plus” package (including the Sport Interior and High Gloss Black packages and adding the 3.0T’s standard headlight washers and S line exterior trim).
The Prestige trims alone are eligible for the “Audi exclusive line” package (including the Sport Interior package plus piano black inlays and upgraded leather upholstery with contrast piping and stitching). Offered only on the 3.0T Prestige and 3.0 TDI Prestige are adaptive suspension dampers and the Driver Assist package (including Audi Drive Select, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering).
Rear-seat side airbags are a stand-alone option for all trim levels.
Powertrains and Performance
All 2015 Audi Q5s feature all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway). In a test ride, a Q5 2.0T accelerated to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, an average time for the segment.
The Q5 3.0T trims has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that sends 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, along with an automatic stop-start system that saves fuel by shutting off the engine when you come to a halt. In a certain testing, the 3.0T engine brought the Q5 from zero to 60 in a fleet 5.8 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg combined (18/26).
The Q5 3.0 TDI features a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 with 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque; it gets the automatic stop-start system as well. During testing, a Q5 TDI went from zero to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds. Fuel economy estimates for the TDI are the best of the Q5 bunch, and stand at 27 mpg combined (24/31).
The Q5 Hybrid pairs the 2.0T engine with a 54 hp electric motor and a battery pack for a total output of 245 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Audi estimates its 0-60 time at 6.8 seconds, while EPA fuel economy estimates is still at 26 mpg combined (24/30).
All 2015 Audi Q5s brands are equipped with stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are a stand-alone option, while the Technology package includes parking sensors, a rearview camera and a blind-spot warning indicator system.
In a brake testing, a Q5 2.0T with 18-inch wheels and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 114 feet, an average distance for this class and tire. A 3.0T Prestige with 19s and summer tires stopped in a more impressive 109 feet. The heavier Q5 TDI with 19s and all-season tires took 120 feet.
Also In government crash tests, the Q5 got four out of five stars overall, with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Q5 its highest rating of “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests, while the Q5’s seat and head restraint design was also rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
INTERIOR DESIGN AND SPECIAL FEATURES
As we’ve come to know from all Audi models, the Q5 has a classy interior design and top-notch construction. The center stack controls are canted toward the driver, though the layout depends on whether your choice of the navigation system. Without navigation, the knob and buttons for the MMI system reside somewhat inconveniently on the center stack. With navigation, the controls are placed on the center console between the armrest and shift lever, where they’re easier to reach. Navigation-equipped models also get the latest MMI system with more intuitive menus, enhanced Google Maps satellite imagery and an additional joystick button.
Despite its compact size, the Q5 manages to feel roomy whether you’re seated in the front or rear. The rear seats both recline and slide fore and aft — a rarity in this class. The Q5 offers a healthy 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seatbacks, but if you fold them down, the resulting 57.3-cubic-foot cargo hold is a little below average for the segment.
Regardless of the powertrain you choose, the 2015 Audi Q5 offers smooth, powerful acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic is refined and responsive. Both the 2.0T and 3.0T gas engines match their respective rivals in terms of acceleration and fuel economy, while the diesel and hybrid versions of the Q5 offer even higher fuel efficiency, yet still accelerate with .power
The Q5’s ride quality is firmer than the norm for this class of vehicle, but we’ve never found it to be harsh. Just make sure you find some rough pavement on your test-drive so you’ll know what it feels like. Its handling is excellent, and we consider the 2015 Q5 to be one of the sportiest crossovers on the market. The steering is quick and responsive, though it has a little artificial feel. Firm ride aside, the Q5 is hard to fault from the driver seat.
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