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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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
Apr 11 2018
A blocked pump or a short-circuited pump can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sedan and Audi Q5 vehicles, 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles and 2013-2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 allroad vehicles. These vehicles, equipped with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines, have an electric coolant pump that can either become blocked with debris from the cooling system causing it to overheat or can short-circuit from moisture within the pump.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pumps, free of charge. The recall began September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number's for this recall is 19N3/19N4. Note: This recall is in additional to the coolant pump software update applied as a remedy under recall 17V002.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V229000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342867
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Oct 05 2017
The melted wires can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Audi A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad and Q5 vehicles. Contact corrosion within the electrical connector for the auxiliary heater may cause the heater wires to overheat or melt.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary heater and, as necessary, update the software, free of charge. The Recall began November 27, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 80C5 and 80C6.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V622000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 216913
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
May 03 2017
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Audi Q5 and 2013-2017 Audi Q7 vehicles. These gasoline-powered vehicles have a fuel pump flange that may crack, allowing fuel to leak.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump flange if cracks are present. Flanges that do not have cracks will have a protective film applied. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 3, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20Z8. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 16V-660.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V298000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 240487
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
Jan 03 2017
If the coolant pump overheats, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Audi A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 vehicles, 2013-2016 Audi Allroad and Audi A4 vehicles and 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles. These vehicles, equipped with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines, have an electric coolant pump that can be blocked with debris from the cooling system, resulting in the pump overheating.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the software so that the power supply to the coolant pump is deactivated if the pump becomes blocked with debris, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 20, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 19M1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342867
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Jan 03 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Audi Q5 vehicles. The sunroof drainage system may allow water to soak into the foam surrounding the side head air bag inflator canister resulting in the corrosion of the canister. If this happens, the corrosion can weaken the canister and the inflator could fracture without air bag deployment, propelling fragments into the passenger compartment, striking and causing serious injury to vehicle occupants.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator and either coat it or replace it, as necessary, after removing the surrounding foam, free of charge. The recall is expected to began March 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69P1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 234057
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