Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin. The Q5 delivers fun to drive handling and inspires confidence. The ride initially feels firm, but proves absorbent when needed and steady when cruising.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side optional.
Road Test

Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin.

The Q5 delivers fun to drive handling and inspires confidence. The ride initially feels firm, but proves absorbent when needed and steady when cruising. The base four-cylinder turbocharged engine and eight-speed transmission racked up a commendable 21 mpg overall while providing decent performance. While capable, that engine is louder and less refined than the optional V6, subtracting from the car's premium feel. Opting for the V6 brings much more refinement and an abundance of effortless thrust.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.2-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Audi Q5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Apparently Audi had a "secret" recall on this model, but we were out of warranty by that time, so had the repairs done by our local Audi specialist. When we found out and tried to recoup the costs from Audi, they blew us off”

A L., NY (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Emission blocked by carbon and cleaned by dealer under extended warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“There was an under warranty issue that was not disclosed and did not warrant a recall until I went to the dealer to have it fixed. Really tired of these hidden issue with the car”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“Entire engine had to be cleaned due to carb build up. Took 8 days”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump flange leak causing gas to leak outside and the car to be filled with gas fumes”

Seth C., AZ (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“Car recalled by Audi to replace a Fuel Pump Flange”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“When the car was brand new, they replaced the fuel pump, because it was leaking. About two year ago on a long trip I had issues with some hose that caused fuel to leak constantly, creating a fear of having the car having a fire or explosion. Most recently received a RECALL notice regarding the "flange" - presumably the problem has been fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“I noticed that the vehicle was not as fuel efficient as I expected - I went from about 20-21 mpg [city] to about 15 mpg. After I got a check engine light to come on, it turns out the O2 sensor is bad at the tune of $485.00 to replace it”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“Cold start sensors causing dash light to illumunate. Handled by Audi dealer under a recall. No issues since”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“failed-repaired by Audi”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Numerous problems, rear sensor fails and now camera doesn't work - about $250 to fix. Latch on rear hatchback fails to close the door completely $400 to fix”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“In heavy rain when the SUV is wet, backup camera system stops functioning or sensors stop working. Wiring harness replaced but still happens”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Our Apple iphone 5S was working fine with the Audi until we recently updated the phone software. Now, the Audi does not have access to the contacts/phone book on the iphone”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Radio

“Poor reception with the Sirius satellite radio - multiple complaints - no fix”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Computer system freezes up on startup and none of the controls through the MMI work for several minutes. This include nav, volume control, radio etc”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Coolant leaks from coolant flange and thermostat assembly; covered under CTO warranty”

Benjamin V., MI (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“After the car system let me know my antifreeze was low, I replaced the antifreeze but after a few days it was low again, couldn't find a leak. It turned out that the antifreeze tank was cracked , so I ordered a replacement and had Pep boys install. Less than a week passes and I can smell antifreeze and I still have the problem and Pep Boys are unable to find the problem. Jump to a week ago I have to take it to Audi and find out the problem which lead to the head gasket and valve replacement, th”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Water pump

“Factory recall on installed water pump. Did not experience problem, but dealer changed pump at no cost”

E D., MI (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“failed while driving. replaced under warranty. car had to be towed”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Another unusual repair on this car that just pilling up on the list”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Passenger side low beam shuts off after a few minutes. Light will come back on each time the car is restarted”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“left headlight went out and bracket holding bulb was loose”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Keyless door opening driver door”

G D., BC (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Driver and rear door would not lock”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Right front passenger door would not engage locking system as well as the gas cover locking mechanism. Had to replace modules in both areas at a cost of plus $700”

Robert S., BC (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Panoramic sun roof rattles and dealer unable to fix”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Rattles during driving”

Adrian B., CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Squeaks in Sunroof. Dealer suggested reinstallation @ 7.5 hours of labor. Fixed problem myself by lubricating outer edge of sunroof 15 minutes work plus a bit of grease”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Sunroof rattle”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“brake pads did not last more than 18 months”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“The rear brake pads required replacement at 30000. The discs were worn too thin as well. What ever happened to "turning" the discs at pad replacement?”

David T., CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“The front brake pads required replacement at 20K. The brake pad sensors did not provide an alert so we wore the discs as well. Pads and discs at 20,000, with no warning is not acceptable”

David T., CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Rotors

“Replaced/serviced when pads needed changing”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“The car just went out of warranty and oil is now leaking from the engine area onto the garage floor”

Steve K., FL (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Was sold a certified pre-owned vehicle that had an oil leak they are having trouble fixing. More of a service issue than vehicle issue”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“Strong smell of gasoline in and out of vehicle”

Geffrey B., CA (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Left mirror stopped functioning (controlled by the in car controls) in an unUSble position)”

Adrian B., CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“Constant velocity boots for the rear axle had to be replaced, not covered under CPO warranty; just under $500 for the repair from an independent mechanic”

Benjamin V., MI (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

“2 Wheel bearings needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“failed-repaired by Audi”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“It needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Evaporator

“There has been an ongoing problem with a horrible odor coming from air conditioner for the first 5 minutes when you start car. It has been to Audi 4 times and they still have not fixed the problem”

Steve K., FL (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump replaced at 37,000 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

“Power steering pump failed and had to be replaced at a $1000.00 cost - non dealer mechanic”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“passenger side mold bubble out or unglued by itself. I imagine this budge will get larger as time pass”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint on the front of the Audi, next to the license plate, is peeling”

Sheri S., TX (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Oil consumption issue required replacement of pistons and rings”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“I had complained of excessive oil consumption since getting the car. Oil cunsumption test at 13k,passed, normal. Still adding oil at 4k to 3k, told this is normal. Tested @ 45k. Engine replaced. 2 cyliners had scatches”

Robin P., NJ (2010 Audi Q5 None 3.2-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Bad coils causing misfiring. Replaced under partial warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“When accelerating at freeway speed car will abruptly have a "bump" in the drivetrain”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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