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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. Audi's mid-size SUV delivers handling agility that inspires confidence and makes it fun-to-drive. The ride tends to come across as firm initially, but proves to be absorbent when needed and steady when cruising.
Alerts
There are 6 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

Worse Better
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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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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.

Audi's mid-size SUV delivers handling agility that inspires confidence and makes it fun-to-drive. The ride tends to come across as firm initially, but proves to be absorbent when needed and steady when cruising. The base four-cylinder turbocharged engine and eight-speed transmission racked up a commendable 21 mpg overall and provided decent performance. While capable, that engine is louder and less refined than the optional V6, subtracting some 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
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (211 hp)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Audi Q5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“During heavy rain storms, water would pool on passenger side floor. The dealer diagnosed it as a compromised seal around heater box. The repair recently failed, and water is now again pooling on passenger floor”

Marvin B., CT (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

“Started squeeking/rattling at about 20K miles. Not too bad, but not perfectly happy. Spent a lot of time trying to figure it out physically and also looking on line for clues. No luck. Hard to even get dwgs of how to remove panels. Audi: do better”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“persistent rattle in the sunroof. dealer can't find”

Anonymous, CO (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Moon roof creaking. Fixed under warranty by dealer by replacing seals”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“sunroff squeaks”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The sunroof sounded like there was a metal ball rolling around in there. The dealership told me this had happened on a few other Q5s and they fixed it under warranty”

Scott F., NJ (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sunroof knocking sound...very annoying”

David H., CT (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattles- suspension system. Squeaks- brakes when air temperature is cold. The noise was umbearable from the begining and it took several fixes, 4 years and many complaints untill Audi replaced the brakes with the newly designed for 2017 models”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“front brakes replaced at 36000 miles”

Paul R., MD (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

“The Audi brake pads wear prematurely and need to be replaced every 15k miles”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“premature wear requiring new pads and rotors”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“We had to replace the brakes due to not cleaning the dust off the brakes regularly. I'm not sure that's a valid reason for the wear - they squeaked from day one. New set has not squeaked”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After just 25k miles, we had to replace all brake pads AND rotors. This was an expensive shock. Audi claims that softer compounds used in rotors mean they wear faster. Nobody told us that we'd shell out $1600 on brakes after just over 2-years”

Wogbe O., TX (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“In November 2014 I had to replace two worn rear brake rotors, and replace pads at all four corners. This occurred with only 25,500km on the car, which I consider premature wear. The cost was not covered by Audi's 4 year warranty, nor by their pre-pai”

Anonymous, NS (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Pads (and rotors) seem to wear out prematurely. Defective Audi brake pads were installed by dealer, leading to squealing noise when coming to a stop. Pads were replaced by dealer, at no charge, after i made a complaint”

Ron G., NS (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The brakes squeak when applied. Dealer said its a common problem in Q 5 cars due to the composite material of brake pad (dusting). However, they confirmed and assured that the brakes are safe and in very good condition”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“rebuilt engine under warranty”

Mark B., PA (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine pulled and pistons replaced in a 2.5 year old car! Dealer said that oil consumption issues had been observed in 2012 & 2013 models”

Wogbe O., TX (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Excess oil usage. Factory covered piston and piston ring replacement even though out of warrantee”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil consumption issue due to out of spec pistons/rings installed at factory, a known issue happening since at least 2007 model year, possibly earlier. Company was sued and settled on 2007 through 2011 model years, but no longer is covering the cost of this fix after last year or for 2012 models. The bill to repair to replace the pistons was $6,000.00”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The vehicle didn't actually get an engine rebuild but requires one due to excessive oil consumption (> 1 liter per 1000 miles). We have the engine code CAEB that is known to have ring problems and increasing oil consumption over time”

Chris W., AB (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cylinder head

“This 3.2 l V6 engine has a carbon build up issue in the cylinder head, valves and throttle body. The cylinder head and valves have been repaired and cleaned twice on warranty. The throttle body carbon build up was not covered on warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Turbo or supercharger

“The turbo failed and had to be replaced at a cost of over $3000. There was no explanation given as to the reason the turbo failed”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“The center mirror has come off the mount twice”

Anonymous, MN (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear view mirror fell off during minor adjustment, repaired without cost by dealer”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

“sunroof hardware had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5)

“Sunroof glass broke. Replacement sun roof began making noise and squeaking and making wind noise after a couple thoUSnd miles. It was repaired to our satisfaction by the Audi dealer”

Anonymous, OR (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“Wouldn't open”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“The power retractable sunroof sun shade completely broke. Audi dealer quoted $2,800 to replace this sun shade! Outrageous! We did not have the repair undertaken”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“I noticed air not pushing through the side vents. I took this car to the El Paso, Tex Audi dealer and was told I needed to set the temp at 75 degrees for the climate system to work. Did that, still no air from side vents. Took it back, and they disco”

Anonymous, OR (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The blower stopped working, which affected both the heater and the AC. It cost $1600 to repair”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 3.2-L V6)

“Blower had to be replaced”

Nicole P., MN (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The blower motor resistor failed, allowing excess current to hit the blower motor, and subsequently causing that to fail as well. The repair cost was nearly $1,000.00”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“headlight burned out”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

“LED headlight that's supposed to last for decades had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Rear taillight fails repeatedly and requires considerable labor to change (cannot be performed by the owner)”

Andrew M., ON (2012 Audi Q5 Unsure Unsure)
Keyless entry

“The advanced key system doesn't work anymore (where you can walk up to the vehicle, place your hand in/on the door handle and it unlocks if you have the remote entry fob in our pocket). Internet research indicated that if one (of the four) door sensors fails, none of the door sensors work. I replaced the 2 front doors but they still don't work, suggesting failure of one of the rear ones. Haven't gotten to them yet”

Chris W., AB (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“We had to carry extra oil because the oil leaked regularly. Audi eventually did a recall, the problem was repaired and we haven't had an issue since”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Audi Q5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“OIL SEAL”

Anthony D., ON (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“it is not exactly leak. The oil consumption is burning so fast, e.g. 1L per 1200km”

Desmond L., ON (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Fuel injection system

“injectors clogged, needed replacement. Dealer shared cost with me”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

“Recall for fuel pump seal. Needed butyl rubber sealant applied to it to avoid cracking and leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Center console lid latch broke. Repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, OR (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Plastic? area where front license plate peeled badly”

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

“Pathetic. Broken. Need to replace computer”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Went through the whole practice where it learns your voice. It still gets every command wrong!”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 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

Wheel bearings

“Defective wheel bearing. Discovered on the highway during a long trip. Sounded like a muffler noise. Took the dealer two days to diagnose and determined it was a left front wheel bearing. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

“During a state inspection it was noted the bushings were worn and needed replaced”

Brian D., MD (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“I had to have the water pump replaced twice within a 6-month time frame. The first replacement was vehicle age-related. The second replacement was do to improper replacement the first time. The second replacement was done at no charge. The regular cost of replacement and parts is $1100”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“The car jerks when coming to a stop. Issue with the regulator valve. Crankcase breather valve needed to be replaced and resealed front crank”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Computer failed. It was replaced. It wouldn't do many of the functions”

Anonymous, CA (2012 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.

Transmission Minor

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

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