Audi Q5 Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  October 23, 2013


At first glance it may look like its older sibling Q7. A closer look will reveal its baby proportions. The Audi Q5 is the baby SUV in the Audi Q-Series and in spite of its compact size, comes heavily loaded with latest technologies packaged subtly yet distinctively enough to hold its own forte. The Q5 is Audi's first foray into compact SUV segment.

The model has the characteristic Audi front-end highlighted by a large grille and venerated four circles that mark the Audi logo. Its sporty stance and curvy glass windows coupled with flat roof rails suggest likeness to a coupe. The Audi Q5's presence is strong and magnetic and its awe-inspiring look is a head turner. The elegantly crafted interiors, typical of all Audi cars, are extremely pleasing to the eyes. Top-notch quality materials are used to encourage indulgence in luxury. Latest gadgets and gizmos like the automatic climate control system and top-quality audio system come as standard features. The Q5 was first launched in 2008 within Audi's stronghold - the European market.

Powertrain & Performance

The compact luxury SUV is available in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol engine is a 208 bhp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, whereas the diesel engine is a 236 bhp 3.0L V6. There is also a 2.0L 4 cylinder, TDI engine which gives out 167 bhp @ 4200 rpm. The diesel engines are mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission while the petrol motor gets an 8-speed. The Audi Q5 also offers Audi drive select system which makes it easier for the driver to shift the suspension setup and dynamic steering response with help of a simple button. The striking car also presents another feature where drive settings can be adjusted between different levels - auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency.

Build & Styling

Audi Q5 which is developed on the Audi Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP) comes with an extremely handsome exterior (much like the Audi Q7). Compared to its rival, the BMW X3, it comes with a longer wheelbase for better stability. The car rides majestically on well-carved 17-inch alloy wheels and with the bonnet positioned a little higher, the car conveys an aggressive appeal. The Audi Q5 is a sure head-turner featuring sharp and striking design details on its exterior. Featuring Xenon plus headlights, the rear lights using LED technology, flat-bottomed tailpipes and emphatic rear diffuser lends the SUV even more masculine look.

The Audi Q5 interior is surrounded by luxury and each feature is added with great attention to detail to add more comfort. The car has a host of intelligent features to make you feel at home every time you get inside. A superb audio system from Audi combines with Multi-Media Interface to deliver fantastic sound quality. Seats are wrapped in luxurious leather. Power-adjustable front seats with memory function to save seat position settings add good convenience. The rear seats too come with the high level of comfort especially on long drives. A highlight of the SUV is its capacious boot with a capacity of 540 litres.

Safety is abundant with features such as airbags, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, Electromechanical parking brake, Parking Sytem plus with rear-view camera, seat belts, cruise control and Anti-Theft alarm system. Built with technologically rich safety features, Audi Q5 makes every drive fun and safe.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Three engine options
    • Spacious Interior
    • Good Fuel Efficiency
  • Cons

    • No Fresh Look
    • Styling very similar to Audi Q7