2017 Audi Q5 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs, a growing category that includes the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin. Typically equipped it's priced in the mid- to high-$40,000s. The Q5 delivers handling agility that inspires confidence and makes it fun-to-drive.
Alerts
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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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. FCW and AEB standard from 2018.
Road Test

Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs, a growing category that includes the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin. Typically equipped it's priced in the mid- to high-$40,000s.

The Q5 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 while providing 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 but tends to push the price well into the $50,000s.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (220 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (354 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (272 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Audi Q5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Display screen goes blank

"Audi replaced a module behind screen; they had the module in stock. I had to reset almost every vehicle option which had been set at the factory."

R B., WA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Screen goes dim in speedometer"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Will not recognize my i pod"

Stephen R., PA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"CD player stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittently disconnects. Not intuitive."

Anonymous, (2017 Audi Q5 SQ5)

"Interface systems are not intuitive. Rafio/media turns on automatically when you start the vehicle. Don't get maximum use of electronics because they're difficult to operate."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi Q5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Repeatedly forgets connection with smartphone, is incredibly slow pairing phone audio via Bluetooth"

Marshall S., NC (2017 Audi Q5)
Radio

"The car has a Sirius XM radio and it's preset stations are deleted every time the radio is refreshed by Sirius. This happens about every 6-8 weeks. Audi has not been able to fix it."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Unable to tune radio to AM stations, most often when starting up engine."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Audi Q5 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"This vehicle has weird software quirks. One example, the windows don't always go all the way down with one push. Several software updates to specifically fix it, won't fix it."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"took it to dealer. They thought they fixed it. They did not. Going back to dealer. Again"

Charles H., CA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Back seat passenger side speaker was causing the noise. It was eventually fixed after 3 visits to the dealership. Moonroof rattles. Had been replaced twice but every now and then it still squeaks. Driver side, back door squeaked but was immediately addressed. They added a tape to mitigate it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When moving, there are significant squeaks coming from the center console and the rear roof area."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Audi Q5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Rattle (rocks in a box) sounds from headliner going over bumps; dealer fixed (sunroof track repair). Also, intermittent faint electric whining sound possibly from AC compressor; dealer unable to reproduce/hear"

Anonymous, (2017 Audi Q5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When I back out of my sloped driveway and turn the wheel I hear a troubling noise which the dealer claims to have fixed by tightening up loose bolts in the engine block. Although the noise has diminished I still hear it but only at certain times."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Audi Q5 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear passenger door had a rattle that the dealer could not fix. I did not affect the car's opearations, but was irritating"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Audi Q5 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

Rotors

"The front rotors wore out only after 25000 kilometres, Audi claimed the warranty does not cove that. It was costly. I have had many vehicles, new and used, this never happened after such small mileage. Audi mechanic claimed the rotors wear out prematurely if vehicle left in wet weather for extended time without daily driving. Also the calipers are made of much stronger material, last longer than rotors."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Audi Q5 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
Squeaking

"Both front brakes and steering column squeeked. Audi is aware of the brake issue and strangely enough is not sending out a notice. Rather, The customer has to actually go in to the dealership and complain about it before anybody acknowledges the issue"

Nancy O., NM (2017 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

"Vehicle brakes are very sensitive to cold weather with very loud squeaking, but only in winter."

James J., VA (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the brakes squeal and squeak in the temperature range of 5 degrees plus or minus zero. It has been into the dealer and they have replaced the front and rear brake pads twice. Still a problem and they indicated that they know what causes the problem but won't fix as it costs them to much money. I embarrassed when driving and the squeaking occurs. Will get rid of this car at the first opportunity and tell anyone who will listen that Audi talks a big story of quality but doesn't provide the goods."

Anonymous, ON (2017 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

Gauges

"The entire computer system has to be replaced due to flooding from blocked drains. Every gauge and mechanism in the car stopped working"

Anonymous, (2017 Audi Q5 SQ5)

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

"rattle, and knocking noise"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Audi Q5 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"had gas with water that caused havoc with the system"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Audi Q5 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Fender lining in the front came loose and needing replacement."

Anonymous, (2017 Audi Q5 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

"serious lag on startupfrom stop"

L E., OH (2017 Audi Q5 3.0T 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

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

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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.

Climate System

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

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