2013 Audi Q5

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2013 Audi Q5 Front Right Side View
Audi's Q5 SUV arrived in the United States in 2009, and quickly established itself as the brand's number two volume offering, second only to the A4. So far in 2012, sales continue to be strong (up 22 percent through June), but Audi is looking to keep the momentum going with some mid-cycle updates this fall, mostly concentrated in the engine room.

Hello, Hybrid

The big new is that Audi is bringing to the United States the hybrid powertrain that debuted in the Q5 last year in Europe. It pairs the 211-hp 2.0-liter TFSI turbo four-cylinder -- which carries over as the base engine -- with a 40 kW electric motor. Together, the combo is good for as much as 245 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Rather than a CVT for its hybrid, Audi uses the same eight-speed automatic as in the standard car, although here an electric motor replaces the torque converter. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.
This is the brand's first hybrid, but it doesn't drive like a first effort. The powertrain works seamlessly. You really have to listen to catch the gasoline engine shutting down or restarting, and the regenerative brakes are natural feeling and easy to modulate. With more power and torque on hand than with the 2.0T engine alone, acceleration is lively -- Audi predicts a 0-to-62 mph time of 7.1 seconds. Throttle response is quite good, unless you hit the button for EV mode, which dulls throttle inputs. (The car can drive very short distances -- less than 2 miles -- using battery power only.) Also, the hybrid system's battery is packaged so as not to impinge on cargo room. EPA ratings are an impressive 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for the Q5 hybrid, which starts at $51,795.

New V-6 Choices

The hybrid isn't the only powertrain news for 2013. There's also a new six-cylinder, as Audi's 3.0T supercharged V-6 replaces the previous, naturally aspirated 3.2-liter. The supercharged engine, seen also in the S4 and the A7 among others, is somewhat less potent here. It makes 272 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque; still, that's enough to send the Q5 from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds. As before, the V-6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro is standard. To help with fuel economy, the V-6 will get an auto stop-start system for our market (all Q5s get it in Europe). We found that each stop and restart is plainly audible, but if the system grows annoying, you can switch it off.
A second six-cylinder offering won't arrive for another year, but we got an early drive of that one as well. Audi's 3.0-liter TDI is coming to the Q5 with the 2014 model year. Already available in the Q7, the TDI is actually a bit more potent in the Q5, with 245 hp and a hearty 425 pound-feet of torque. This diesel V-6 is exceptionally smooth and silent. There is no diesel clatter, even at idle. It's also extremely responsive, giving up nothing -- or virtually nothing -- in acceleration to its gasoline cousin. Audi estimates it to be 0.6 second slower than the supercharge six from 0-62 mph, but once on the move, the TDI, subjectively at least, feels every bit as quick thanks to its tremendous torque. It was a champ passing on two-lane roads and pulled strongly all the way to 200 kph (124 mph) on the autobahn. The European-spec version that we drove was paired with Audi's 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic, reflecting its position as a performance engine. (In its home market there's also an S version.) In the States, it will likely use the same conventional eight-speed automatic as the rest of the line. Naturally, fuel economy figures won't be out for a while, but on our 37-mile test loop, we averaged 29 mpg, compared with 20 mpg for the 3.0T over the same route. The TDI we drove, however, had the auto stop-start system; it's not yet confirmed that it will be included on the U.S. version. Even without it, however, the Q5 TDI should do better than the much larger and heavier Q7 with the same engine, which is rated at 17/25 mpg

Minor Tweaks Otherwise

Outside of new engines, the Q5 is little changed. It's still firmly sprung and agile, although the available Drive Select system offers a degree of adjustability. The steering, now electrically assisted, is very light at low speeds becoming slightly less so out on the road. Design-wise, the biggest change might be the new headlights, with their LED signatures now rendered as parallelograms. There's also a new grille and the rear bumper has been reshaped. The in-car technology has been upgraded, as the car can now function as a wireless hotspot; the navigation system can make use of Google Earth and Street View images; and the MMI has been tweaked for slightly easier use. The Q5's just-right size and roomy interior remain, of course. Audi's midsize crossover seems poised for continued sales success, even if buyers' powertrain decision is about to get more difficult.
2013 Audi Q5
On sale:
Price range: $37,000-52,000 (estimated)
Engines: 2.0L I-4 turbo, 211 hp, 258 lb-ft; 3.0L supercharged V-6, 272 hp, 295 lb-ft; 2.0L I-4 turbo hybrid, 245 hp, 354 lb-ft
Drive: Front- or all-wheel
2013 Audi Q5 Review
2013 Audi Q5 Review

New For 2013

Besides the two new engines, the 2013 Q5 gets some minor styling changes outside, including parallelogram-shaped LEDs in the headlights, a new grille, and LED taillights. Also, Audi’s MMI navigation system is updated with 3G internet connectivity for Google Maps and local search functions.


Audi’s Q5 has been a huge hit, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s more compelling than the larger Q7 and far more efficient, thanks to better packaging and considerably lighter weight (by more than 1000 pounds). Although it seats only five, the Q5 is plenty roomy without being ponderous—in fact, handling is one of its strong suits. An adaptive suspension allows sporty handling without the usual penalty of a kidney-pounding ride. This year, Audi made two major changes in the engine room. A turbocharged four-cylinder remains the base engine, but the underachieving 3.2-liter V-6 has been supplanted by a supercharged 3.0-liter that’s superior all-around. Still more impressive is the new Hybrid, which combines the 2.0T with an electric motor. It tops the fuel economy of the already pretty economical 2.0T by 4 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway. Unfortunately, the Hybrid is only available in the top-spec, pricey Prestige trim. But if your tastes already run toward that type of sybaritism, know that the Hybrid is utterly seamless and quite peppy—this is no Prius. The Hybrid is an extremely impressive first effort in this department from Audi. Fuel-economy mavens should also know, however, that a turbo-diesel Q5 is in the offing, but it won’t reach our shores until the 2014 model year.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. Rear side air bags; blind-spot monitoring; a rearview camera; and adaptive headlights are available.

You'll like:

  • Handles well
  • Hybrid fuel economy
  • Towing capacity

You won't like:

  • No diesel till next year
  • Hybrid price

Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi Q5

  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-class
2013 Audi Q5 Front Side View
Nearly every 2014 Audi has been officially priced, from the base-model A4 to the 12-cylinder A8. Many models see slight increases in price and content, and certain Audis with a turbocharged I-4 now produce 220 hp. The TT RS has been discontinued for 2014, and Audi says all A7s now come with seating for five; the S7 and RS 7 stick with four-passenger seating.
Audi SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept Front Three Quarter
By now we're familiar with the Audi SQ5 TDI -- not only the company's first crossover to wear the vaunted S performance badge, but also the first S product to have a diesel engine. Now the automaker has created an even more special version of the SQ5 TDI, called the Audi Exclusive Concept, and it's limited to just 50 units.
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If you’ve been eyeing a certain Audi on the street or on the Internet but aren’t quite ready to make the trek to a dealership, head over to Audi City, the automaker’s foray into digitally enhanced showrooms.
2013 Audi SQ5 TDI Front Three Quarter In Motion
Making its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI is a landmark car for Audi's S brand – not only is it the first crossover to wear the S badge, but it's also the first equipped with a diesel engine.

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2013 Audi Q5 Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
211 hp @ 4300rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
5,000 miles / 12 months
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