• Good handling for a tall crossover
  • Slick styling
  • TDI delivers hybrid fuel economy at a lower price
  • Q5 Hybrid's price tag
  • Harsher ride quality than some rivals

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Q5 in 2014

The biggest news lies with the addition of the new 2014 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI and 2014 SQ5 models, but other Q5 grades receive a few revisions for 2014, too. Base 2.0T models see their output boosted to 220 hp, while Bluetooth, Homelink, and Audi's music-interface connection are standard equipment...
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Vehicle Summary

Audi's mid-size crossover debuted in 2008 and was treated to a minor update for the 2013 model year. Although initially offered with only one engine -- a 3.2-liter V-6 -- Audi soon added its ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to serve as the base engine. As part of the 2013 refresh, Audi not only replaced the 3.2-liter with its supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, but also introduced a four-cylinder/electric hybrid model.

Overview

Despite remaining one of the most enjoyable luxury crossovers to drive, the 2014 Audi Q5 can still easily be lost amid the sea of competitors. Thankfully, two new additions inject more flavor into the Q5 portfolio and help it stand apart from the ever-stronger competition.

Although sport-tuned luxury crossovers are nothing new, until the advent of the 2014 Audi SQ5, no manufacturer offered a sport-tuned small crossover/SUV in our market. In addition to big wheels and a sporty body kit, SQ5s also gain a lowered suspension, enlarged Brembo brakes, and sportier interior trim. Oh, and did we mention the extra heaping of power? Despite using the same 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 as the Q5 3.0T, the SQ5 has 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, which surpasses the 3.0T by 82 hp and 52 lb-ft. Better yet, the SQ5 rockets to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and is eerily stable and calm at speeds up to its electronically-limited 155-mph top end.

On the other side of the spectrum lies the 2014 Q5 3.0 TDI. Using the same 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 new to other 2014 Audi models, the Q5 TDI returns EPA ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Better yet, it has more torque than a 2014 Audi Q5 3.0T and is only a half-second slower to 60 mph than a Q5 3.0T. Even more impressive, the TDI is as fuel efficient as the Q5 Hybrid and also costs nearly $4800 less.

One downside: unlike the SQ5, the Q5 TDI does have a true rival -- the Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec -- and its base price undercuts the Q5's by nearly $7000. However, once you factor in the cost of adding HID headlamps, leather seating, and a panoramic sunroof -- all options on the GLK that are standard content on the 2014 Audi Q5 -- the diesel Benz's price tag is just about even with a comparably equipped Q5 TDI.

Key Competitors

  • Acura RDX
  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK

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2014 Q5 Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Trunk Pulldown
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Roof Rail
  • Sunroof

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System

Trucks and Towing

  • Trailer Harness
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