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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 7 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 (sec.) 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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (220 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (245 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (272 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (354 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The first time it rained after I bought the car, the passenger foot well flooded. It was around 1/2 inch of water. Dealer fixed under warranty but I was mad that I might now how water damage”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“squeaking brakes upon start in all weather”

Anonymous, NS (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Rattling on drivers side door”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Shelf in the trunk rattles all the time. Dealership could not fix the issue. They stated it was a design issue. Heard noises from the sun roof. Dealer had to take apart the entire sun roof, said some clips were missing and had to replace it”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“The sun roof pops loudly when we pull the car out of our garage, typically in warm weather months. The local Audi dealer has tried to identify the cause of this problem and correct it, but without success. It is very disconcerting”

M K., CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“When closed it rattles”

Anonymous, WV (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The sun roof mechanism rattles like crazy with any side-to-side motion caused by the road”

Anonymous, WI (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“For a luxury car this one has lots of squeeks. Mostly in the steering. Dealer says live with it. Previous Mercedes had no squeeze or rattles”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“handle above driver's door continues to squeak when driving. Have had this looked at by Audi Service 4 times, with no resolution”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“The mirrors whistle at highway speeds”

Tim M., CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Wind noise at 20-45mph on right side. Very frustrating - Audi does not seem concerned. This is not acceptable for a luxery car of this class”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“The driver's side window has always made noise, especially at higher speeds. The local Audi dealer has been unable to correct this problem”

M K., CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

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)

“The pump for the AD Blue fluid exhaust cleaner failed. The failure resulted in the car's inability to start when no fluid would be added to the exhaust mixture”

Randolph H., CT (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“AdBlue pump failed and triggered check engine light. Code was for Reductant pressure low (urea injection). Pump was replaced under warranty. Incident occurred at around 600 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“warning light came one. took one day for dealer to troubleshoot and 10 days for special part to arrive. Had loaner car for that time while part was being replaced. Under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Car has 3.0 TDI Diesel engine which is part of the VW emissions cheat scandal”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“EGR temperature sensor failed and set a check engine light, replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Our Q5 TDI is included in the VW/Audi diesel recall”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“volkswagon emission testing cheating software per Volkswagon under litigation”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“This vehicle is a diesel involved in the VW emissions problems”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“fuel pressure sensor went bad after 2000 miles”

Anonymous, RI (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Fuel pump

“My TDI Q5 has had its fuel high pressure fuel pump replaced twice. In fact the whole fuel system was replaced by the dealer after the first failure. The initial repairs took almost 30 days to complete. A few months later the pump failed again. I use only Chevron and Shell diesel. On my third now hopefully I'll make the end of the lease without replacing again. Recently the throttle body failed also, setting a check engine light, luckily no tow required this time”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

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

“Will not play continuously. Keep stopping every couple minutes”

Kenneth G., FL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bad routing. Freezes up and stops working periodically”

Kenneth G., FL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bad directions”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Radio just quit @ 650 mi, taking Bluetooth with it. Dealer promptly pulled a radio from a similar vehicle on their lot and swapped it out in about an hour. Never said what problem was, other than just "a bad radio."”

Evan E., MO (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“1. Presets freeze the title as the song playing at the time the station is preset. 2. Preset and normal Radio screen not stable, jumps around between stations. All very annoying considering price of car. Had same problem with A4 Premium 2014 which I”

Gurpreet L., BC (2015 Audi Q5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Does not hold stations. Freezes”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The radio module failed which caused the MMI to go blank”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“Voice command does not work sometimes, system is slow to recognize boot up”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Squealing when going in reverse trying to stop. Loud grinding sound while applying brake”

Aaron B., OK (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“excess brake pedal travel”

John E., ON (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“rear brakes wore out at 40,000 km, front still fine”

Mac S., ON (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“The brakes pulsed on application at highway speeds. They also vibrated. This occurred essentially from day one”

Anonymous, NH (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“My SQ5 had 24,000 miles on the odometer when I brought it to Audi for the 25,000 mile service. There was no brake warning light on. There was absolutely no indication that there was anything wrong with my brakes. i got a call about an hour after I dropped the car off and was told the rear brake rotors were worn out and had to be replaced. I objected but was warned that it I did not change the rotors the brakes might fail. I felt I had not choice but to authorize replacing the rotors. I've”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi Q5 SQ5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Squeaking

“loud noise while applying brakes forward and reverse”

Aaron B., OK (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Some of the brake pads required replacement due to squeaking in cold temperatures. This is a know problem with the brake pads according to the dealership rep. This occurred at about 40,000 miles”

Anonymous, NV (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“Squealing brakes. Recall after 6 months of complaints”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint peeling on front license plate insert/holder. Basically a free accessory not even required in some states, but it's color-matched to the rest of the paint, so surprised to see it peeling. Just noticed it at 5,700 miles. Notifying dealer now”

Evan E., MO (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front license plate delete panel has been replaced twice for peeling paint”

Scott K., MI (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)

“paint peeling around headlight trim”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Drivers side sun visor's mounting clip broke”

Thomas O., CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 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

Shocks or struts

“Rear shock was leaking. Both rear shocks replaced under warranty”

Terrence C., CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Left rear shock leaked fluid and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering locked up”

Alan C., ME (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

“After starting the vehicle in the morning, when I turn the wheel all the way to back out of my driveway, the wheels make a funny noise and the steering wheel vibrates”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi Q5 SQ5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

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

“Daytime running light went out on one headlight. It required replacement of a $600 part under warranty but not the whole headlight”

Anonymous, NV (2015 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Warning lights

“The engine warning light went off. The dealership located the problem to a wire that was not connected at the factory”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

“On buying the car and driving into the sun, I tired to use the wash wipe. The wipers did not work. Dealer fixed them. Bad quality control that it was not noticed. So much for "100" point inspections etc”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

“Automatic seat setting stopped working,”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi Q5 SQ5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

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

Doors or sliding doors

“rattles inside both front doors driver door closing incomplete sometimes”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

“faulty mirror adjust”

Anonymous, NS (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“It squeaks and makes noise when closed”

Anonymous, WV (2015 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

“Turning on the AC caused a loud rumbling noise. It turned out animals had caused damage to the fan in this system”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

“3 service calls in 12 months for refrigerant leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Shifts hard in cold. Dealer can't seem to fix”

Sheridan C., MA (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

“Not sure how to add other than it slips”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi Q5 Unsure 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

Starter

“Stop start system failed leaving car broken down”

James F., NY (2015 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

“Minor Leak - repaired by Dealer no charge”

Joe P., CO (2015 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“We experienced cold running problems, hesitation and poor early morning running”

Anonymous, HI (2015 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

“Significant turbo lag occasionally. I consider it a big safety issue. One to two second lag before turbo kicks in. Previous turbo charged Mercedes didn't have problem. Dealer says this is not something that can be fixed”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Very user unfriendly navigation; very slow to load radio when car starts; takes 25 seconds to pair with cell phone, plus 5 seconds of silence (if already on a phone call) to switch to bluetooth cell phone audio once car is on”

Gurpreet L., BC (2015 Audi Q5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

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

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