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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.
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There are 5 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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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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (245 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (211 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (272 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Brakes squeak when first use in morning. Told common occurrence and nothing can be done”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T Unsure)

“The sunroof developed a very load rattle. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sun roof rattled from the beginning. Audi replaced the entire sunroof frame at no cost after two prior visits”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Moon roof squeaks”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rattle in the sunroof”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Replaced full moonroof due to defective transfer mechanism rattling”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The brakes squeek and the engine makes a funny noise”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Loose pieces in headliner, and easily broken sunvisor clip”

Kester C., NM (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“squeak when turning the wheel below 10km when cold start, they attempted to lubricate however did not solve problem and then replaced the steering shoe to fix the problem, took several days in the shop to resolve”

Bernard D., ON (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“problem with the sunroof”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had major rattle in the panoramic sunroof resulting in complete replacement of frame and hardware all covered by warranty”

Loren M., CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The railings for the sunroof rattle constantly. I have replaced mine twice without resolving the problem. Two other Q5 owners I know have experienced the same issue. These issues are worse in cold weather”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“At highway speed in weather under 45 degrees there is a loud wind noise through the ventilation system. It has been analyzed by three dealerships who cannot identify the cause”

Gregory K., MA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“first from sunroof, fixed with new sunroof liner. Then with outside mirrors (whistling), appears fixed with new outside mirror casings and more insulation”

Dan F., CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“there was a howling noise when the wind was blowing in right direction it took two trips to the dealer to fix the problem”

Anonymous, ND (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Whistling sound around passenger door outside mirror. No whistle below 60mph. Became increasingly louder as speed increased above 60. Audi fixed it. It is fine now”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T Unsure)
Air or water leaks

“water leak from sunroof”

Anonymous, LA (2013 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

Premature brake wear

“Even though it is a hybrid, when in cruise control and going down a hill, the vehicle applies wheel brakes to control the speed. The front brake pads wear down especially quickly. I just had my second set replaced at about 40,000 miles after squeaking bothered me for the entirity of a long road trip”

Roger M., WA (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“I had to replace pads and rotors at 35000K's. This has never been a problem with any of my other cars. The dealer intimated "lack of use" but I have an SL550 that gets stored every winter and the brakes have never had a problem (pads and rotors at 70”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Loud squeak. Pads replaced free. Dealer said Audi was using pads for Autobahn, not good for USA”

Steven C., CA (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Squeaking when brakes were cold. Went to dealership and was told that pads and calipers were at the minimum and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There is no problem with braking distance or other braking safety issue. It is just a squeaking noise that occurs when first starting to drive the car for the day”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Horrible squeaking. Audi solved the problem by installing (free) a new brake pad treatment. Hopefully it will not occur again”

Paul H., NC (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T Unsure)

“squeaky breaks, repaired twice to stop, and continues unless frequent VERY hard breaking. Very hard”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Incredibly loud squealing brakes when car is first driven on any day”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Brakes are noisy likely due to faulty brake pads. I have taken it to an independent shop and was told to live with it til the lease ends. Audi cannot seem to re-create the problem although it happens daily”

Mark P., FL (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car was taken two times for service and still with the same noise”

Anonymous, PR (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Very loud, audi replaced pads and much better”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Regular brake failure

“Original brakes did not engage fully even though they were not ready for replacement”

Bernard D., ON (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

“rear disks and pads rusted and worn off after 40,000km front pads worn off irregularly and caliper seized causing uneven wear of the disk”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“The audible alarm from the sensor stays on while in reverse regardless of proximity to objects”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Back up camera did not always work when putting car in reverse”

Loren M., CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“Weird sound blast occasionally, like something hit car. Noted in blogs others have had too”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Satellite radio reception drops out a lot”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the interface with the radio and controls generally, require taking your eyes of the road to toggle through a series of menus to find, if I can, the desired station or other function”

Mark T., NY (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS has often gone rogue -- like showing me in the middle of the Long Island sound 80 feet under water when I was actually in New Rochelle”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“terrible interface with voice commands, better than 50% of the time gives me wrong city state or street, often giving results for locations thoUSnds of miles from where I am”

Mark T., NY (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“off position. incorrect positioning”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Speakers

“Some automobile software problem caused loud thumps occasionally through the speakers when driving on the freeway. Sounded like we hit something large. It was a software glitch, apparently. Sometimes it still drops the signal from my iPhone iTunes mu”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 Unsure Unsure)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Adaptive light burned out, Cost $450 to replace bulb”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“About 9 months after I bought the car one of my running lights went out. They had to replace the entire headlight assembly and it took 3 days for them to fix it”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Occasionally and intermittently,, the lock on the driver's door refuses to unlock by the door key, remote fob, or proximity sensor. I have to open the passenger door, reach across the seats and manually unlock the door from inside. When I take the problem to the dealer, they cannot duplicate the problem, so don't know how to fix it”

Roger M., WA (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

“faulty sensor, fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

“headlight sensor broke twice requiring repair. Repair broke backup camera”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“headlight failed. Required replacing entire headlamp assembly”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Problem with audi adaptive light sensors. Yellow light keeps coming on. Addressed at the dealer 3 times”

Anthony M., PA (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“An air leak around the seal of the rear light”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“car has some minor chips exposing metal. surrounding paint is vulnerable at this point and is "tender"”

Biblis M., PA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“paint peeling off front grill”

Anonymous, MT (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front grille paint is peeling”

Kester C., NM (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“small chips are coming off that the dealer won't accept is a problem... claims it is road rocks”

Peter A., AB (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“The paint on the panel near the grille had peeled”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Paint fade and peel on front bummer area”

Kevin S., PA (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering coloum replaced due to baring failure”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“at the 35000 km service the mechanic noted both rear shocks are leaking, and to be replaced”

Dueane S., BC (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Bearing worn out on front, driver side, wheel”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Water pump had to be replaced due to leak”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Should not have to replace water pump on on expensive car 2 years old”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Water pump was leaking. It was replaced by dealer”

Anonymous, PR (2013 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

Sunroof

“I have had the sunroof reinstalled four times due to a rattle. I commonly see Q5s in the service department getting the same repair”

Gregory K., MA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sunroof had rattling noise that kept getting worse. Said a number of Audi's had the issue and had to be replaced. It was panoramic sunroof”

Diane B., RI (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The sunroof is mounted on railings inside the roof that rattle. While the problem is worse in cold weather, it's a recurring problem year-round. My sunroof has been replaced twice without fixing the issue, as has that of two other Q5 owners I know”

Anonymous, MA (2013 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

Turbo or supercharger

“It burned up and needed work a 700 bill”

Ramey D., OR (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Major engine failure Total engine replacement under warranty Later oil leak directly related to replaced engine”

Anonymous, PA (2013 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

A/C compressor

“Air conditioning failed during heat wave”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Audi Q5 Unsure 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Engine warning light after filling tank with gas. sensor for cap vacuum seal failed , followed by vapour recircluation value failure. Hybrid Motor error caused by PCV valve failure and Evap purge valve leak”

Dueane S., BC (2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid 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

“the cause of this leak is yet to be found. I have used up a quart of oil in about 3 months time. STill under warranty, the dealer has been very willing to help me solve the problem, but hasn't been successful yet”

Margaret B., PA (2013 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Problem is transitory and has occurred occasionally without resolution by the dealer. At slow speed abrupt shift (lurching) either accelerating or decelerating. Usually occurs when first driving in the morning”

Patrick G., AB (2013 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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

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