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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The Q5 handles very well for a small SUV. Quattro all wheel drive provides that added level of sure-footed handling and traction on wet or snowy roads. The 2L turbo is responsive and coupled with the 8 speed transmission accelerates quickly and smoothly while delivering very good highway mileage."

Peter H., KY (2012 Audi Q5)

"Smooth, best drive ever."

Kenneth B., PR (2012 Audi Q5)

"Fantastic. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"I feel confident driving my Audi Q5 in all weather conditions, especially snowy mountainous roads"

Kathleen D., NM (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great handling in snowy conditions, good acceleration for the size of the vehicle"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Audi Q5)

"It accelerates plenty fast for me and it handles like a dream. It has that solid, high-end car feel to the steering. I have nothing but good things to say about this car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Very responsive, outstanding handling"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"for an SUV, the ride and handling are both very stable and very useful for both local and long distance travel."

Anonymous, AK (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great rid, smooth and comfortable"

Christopher L., AZ (2012 Audi Q5)

"Grear long distance car"

Eric M., NC (2012 Audi Q5)

"This car inspires heaps of confidence, especially when bombing through mountain passes during inclement weather at highway + speeds."

Aaron K., WA (2012 Audi Q5)

"The Audi Q5 is a very comfortable car. Acceleration is quite good (3.2 V6). Handling is very good for an SUV. Car rotates nicely during cornering."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Audi Q5)

"Quattro in the wet"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Audi Q5)

"Our 4 cyl turbo accelerates very well, much better than I had expected. Handling is very good both summer and winter; it's nice to be confident of the Q5‘s ability to stay on track under difficult conditions such as snow or rain."

Steve C., ON (2012 Audi Q5)

"Excellent handling on curves on narrow mountain roads. Avoided a wreck by going behind car that pulled across me while going 55 w/o turning over."

Charles B., MO (2012 Audi Q5)

"Exceptional handling and agility"

Kristen G., CA (2012 Audi Q5)

"For a four cylinder engine, acceleration is outstanding, the 8 speed trans works really well and it gets great gas mileage on the road, 29-31mpg. Handling and cornering are crisp. With the multispeed trans, coasting down a hill is much like driveing a manual trans car with the car in neutral - you must downshift or use the brakes a lot."

Richard S., NV (2012 Audi Q5)

"Handling is excellent. Great size for our family and easy to park in a city environment"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Audi Q5)

"The vehicle has excellent power and exceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Acceleration is very good and handling is excellent. All wheel drive gives a sense of security and control."

Arthur G., GA (2012 Audi Q5)

"From a standstill the acceleration is adequate to poor but on the road it can really move."

Mark R., NY (2012 Audi Q5)

"Awesome exceleration, like the option to change how it handles"

Sue M., FL (2012 Audi Q5)

"The turbo provides excellent acceleration when passing. The car offers precision control and minimal lean when accelerating around corners."

Sharon P., MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Very fun car to drive. Very quick to accelerate, and the handling is great."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Audi Q5)

"very adequate for both"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Effortless power with the V6. Competent in snow and rain."

Chase R., VA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Perfect power for a 4 cylinder engine and bigger vehicle. Plenty of acceleration when getting on the highway."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Audi Q5)

"Just fun to drive with more then average power"

Daniel H., MD (2012 Audi Q5)

"Acceleration is adequate but starts to run out of steam at 120kph."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Audi Q5)

"The driving experience is very good with quick acceleration, quick breaking, and easy turn radius. The "sport" mode allows for even greater high performance. The ride is very smooth and has a comfortable suspension. Setting up features for this car was very time consuming as there are multiple steps for each function, however this allowed for more precise custom settings."

KATHLEEN D., NM (2012 Audi Q5)

"Handles like a sedan even though it's a medium sized SUV. All wheel drive is fantastic. Steering turning ratio is amazing. Ride is smooth over all surfaces. Even with the 2.0 liter engine, the turbo is responsive and gives the necessary acceleration kick when I need it."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great ride and acceleration. Excellent car for long rides/road trips. We love it!"

MICHAEL C., NJ (2012 Audi Q5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The front seats are very comfortable for long road trips. The car cruises quietly with confidence and comfort on the highway but still handles very well for a small SUV."

Peter H., KY (2012 Audi Q5)

"Not beat up after a long drive."

Kenneth B., PR (2012 Audi Q5)

"Extremely quiet the seats are firm and comfortable on the road it has the European feel but its smooth."

Mark R., NY (2012 Audi Q5)

"The handling of this car is great (and I don't like driving)."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"This is by far the best riding car I have ever owned. I know it rides much better than any of the Cadillacs my friends own. The seats are comfortable and spacious. It's a joy to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Seats are comfortable, quite and the ride very smooth and handling in all conditions superb."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great two row suv with too firm of seats for any more then an hour or two of travel"

Daniel H., MD (2012 Audi Q5)

"Comfortable even for long rides, quiet"

Sue M., FL (2012 Audi Q5)

"Minimal noise, excellent handling"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Audi Q5)

"Seat position can be adjusted in almost limitless configurations, including lower back support. The ride is a good balance of firm yet comfortable and very little road noise penetrates the cabin. This is an extremely comfortable car for long cross-country trips."

Sharon P., MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"The active damper does an amazing job and the quiet ride is superb"

Kathleen D., NM (2012 Audi Q5)

"The heated seats only warm the butt with no back coils"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Audi Q5)

"Overall a very comfortable car for long trips. Minimum driver fatigue. Seats could be a little wider. Ride and handling are excellent. Acceleration is very good. Car holds the road well. All wheel drive gives a sense of control and safety."

Arthur G., GA (2012 Audi Q5)

"seats and riding position are very comfortable, very little road noise in the cabin."

Anonymous, AK (2012 Audi Q5)

"Comfortable seats, some wind noise"

Eric M., NC (2012 Audi Q5)

"Still very quiet after 100K miles. One or two minor rattles."

Chase R., VA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great rid, smooth and comfortable"

Christopher L., AZ (2012 Audi Q5)

"Very comfortable seats with adjustments for good visibility. 6 years old and still looks & feels like a new car."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Audi Q5)

"The leather seats are nicely adjustable and the driver's seat can store two driver preferences in memory. However, my wife and I both find the seats hard, particularly on long trips. A little more padding would help a lot. The cabin is generally very quiet, with good insulation from road and wind noise. The ride is generally very good, absorbing most bumps and small potholes very well. Traction is excellent, winter and summer."

Steve C., ON (2012 Audi Q5)

"Amazing comfort level. Can drive for hours on end and not get tired."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Audi Q5)

"very comfortable seating for the long haul. Average noise level. Good ride for a short wheelbase car. Plenty of room. Good view all around & excellent mirrors."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Audi Q5)

"Lack of legroom for back seat passengers and poor cargo area."

Anonymous, AE (2012 Audi Q5)

"The 2012 seat heaters are weak, but otherwise the comfort is excellent."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi Q5)

"You have to constantly adjust the seats, whereas in other cars, the seats adjust as soon as you sit in them. Here you have to push buttons getting in and out of the car."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Audi Q5)

"The ride is a bit harsh, but otherwise comfort is great, the car is quiet, climate control is terrific"

RICHARD S., NV (2012 Audi Q5)

"I'm 6'4" tall. Front seat has the most leg room adjustment of any vehicle I've owned. The lumbar support is great, it has a height adjustment unlike the Acura MDX which is too low! When you commute over 30 miles a day, seat comfort is important! I will buy another Audi Q5."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Audi Q5)

"Great to drive. Terrible to ride in as a passenger"

MARK W., UT (2012 Audi Q5)

"Two of the directional air vents have broken. One was repaired under warranty when we bought it as a certified vehicle, but the cost would have been over $300. We will just live with the second one being broken instead of spending that kind of money on plastic"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Audi Q5)

"Climate control is basically good, but controlling air flow is fussier than it needs to be. Previous vehicle was a Toyota, which had excellent climate control. The Audi Q5, for all of its great features, is a bit lower on climate control overall"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi Q5)

"The seats are amazing on long trips, the cabin is very quiet. The ride is very supple on bumpy roads in comfort mode and yet taught when in dynamic mode."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Audi Q5)

"The back portion of drivers seat is molded unevenly causing me to lean to my left while in the drivers seat. This caused my right shoulder to be pushed forward more, and can be annoying on long drives."

KATHLEEN D., NM (2012 Audi Q5)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This is a luxury car that has problems. The automated side mirrors stopped working about 3 months after the warranty ran out. Then cost $1500 to fix. Who needs automated mirrors anyway? Ridiculous. Also, the automated tailgate got jammed up once, though that was fixed under warranty."

SIED N., CA (2012 Audi Q5)

"Bought a CPO and lost value of over 8k a year for this car...could have bot a brand new one for the same neg amort.of owning a CPO.....Audi cars drive great...not worth the money IMO."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Audi Q5)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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