Tuesday, September 30, 2014


All new Audi 2014 Q5 is now a bigger standout in the competitive luxury crossover segment thanks to the addition of two new powertrains. New for 2014 is a fuel-sipping turbocharged diesel engine and a high-performance supercharged V-6, bringing the Q5's total engine choices to five. The turbo-four, mid-level supercharged six-cylinder, and eco-friendly hybrid powertrains still remain.
With seating for five and 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded down, the 2014 Q5 sits below the larger, seven-passenger Audi Q7. The Q5 is also ideal for rainy or snowy climes thanks to its all-wheel-drive system that is standard on all engine choices. Audi offers the 2014 Q5 in three trims levels. The base Premium model is sold with the 2.0-liter turbo-four as the sole engine choice and its list of standard equipment includes leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, three-zone climate control, and LED taillights. The Premium Plus model, which is available with all engines except the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and hybrid, adds a panoramic roof, power tailgate, adaptive HID headlights, and heated front seats. Available options on the Q5 Premium Plus include a rear seat entertainment system, navigation, and Audi's Side Assist blind spot monitoring system. The Prestige trim is standard on the hybrid (not available with I-4 engine) and includes navigation, side assist, and premium sound.

Whether you're a fuel miser, a speed junky, or something in between, the 2014 Q5 has an engine to suit your needs. The base 2.0-liter I-4 is rated at 220 hp for 2014 and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 provides 272 hp and 295 lb-ft. The new Q5 TDI gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel that is EPA rated at 27 mpg combined, while the Q5 hybrid returns 26 mpg combined. Finally, the new SQ5 gets an even stronger supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 354 hp, which propels the crossover from 0-60 mph in an estimated 5.1 seconds. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic.
New For 2014
Two new engines join the Q5 lineup. First is a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel, which is EPA rated at 31 mpg highway is provides 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Next is the SQ5 with its 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 rated at 354 hp. Bluetooth connectivity becomes standard equipment on the Premium model and an S line plus package is available on all trim levels. New color choices include Maya Brown, Volcano Red, and Lava Gray and Audi's Side Assist system becomes a standalone option on Premium Plus models.

The Q5, in gasoline and diesel forms, impressed me in terms of acceleration, luxury feel and practicality, but besides my handling qualms there are also issues of price.

At $38,195 (all prices cited include destination charges) for the base 2.0 model, the Q5 costs significantly more than the RDX, which has a standard V-6 and optional all-wheel drive for $36,815. All-wheel drive is standard on the Audi. The BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350 both start higher than the Q5 with similar engines and all-wheel drive, but you'd likely have to move to a more expensive Q5 trim to get similar equipment. You can compare all four here.

If you're purchasing outright, the Acura or Volvo will be better values, but if you're leasing, the playing field may be evened more in the Q5's favor. The TDI version, however, pushes prices much higher, starting at $47,395.

In the end, the styling and excellent powertrains give the Q5 enough weapons for a very competitive fight.

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