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The 2015 Audi Q5 takes a subtle approach to SUV styling-choosing handsome, simple design over anything too flashy.
The Q5's cockpit derives its style from its lack of drama, its lack of subpar materials, the absence of flashy cheapness. It's a universally pleasing, well-detailed execution that's common to just about every Audi interior. Like those other cars from the brand, the Q5 clearly splits the passenger from the driver with a wide center console. Its cockpit style doesn't come off as claustrophobic, though. It's forward and upright, with a great sense of space. Audi clutters the cockpit with lots of buttons and switches, but the layers of leather, wood, and metallic trim bring it all together nicely, and give it a unified appearance.
Where the green-eyed Q5 shoppers will peel off is with either the Q5 TDI or the Q5 Hybrid. The TDI is the less complex, more rational piece of the fuel-economy puzzle. With the usual diesel differences--a much narrower powerband, more vibration through the driving inputs--the TDI snares excellent combined fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg while still keeping a pace with the turbo-four edition, thanks to 240 hp and 428 pound-feet of torque. There's some additional tire noise too, but the compromises are slight for those leading EPA figures.
The Q5 Hybrid, couples the four-cylinder turbo to lithium-ion batteries andÂ an electric motor. Total net output of 245 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque are said to deliver a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and 26 mpg combined on the EPA cycle. We've had some brief exposure to the Hybrid, but only in controlled track driving; we'll bring you more as we learn more.
The 2015 Audi Q5 makes the most of its compact footprint, and it wraps its passengers in a spacious, comfortable, luxurious cabin. There's plenty of room for their cargo, too.
With the seats folded, the Q5 moves from about 29 cubic feet to more than 57 cubic feet of storage space. There's enough cargo room for four roll-on suitcases and a clear view out the rear hatch glass. Small storage abounds, down to the 1-liter cup holders molded in all the doors, the console, and the fold-down armrest in the backseat.
The driver and front passenger have a commanding view of the road ahead from very comfortable standard seats; the Comfort package's heating and ventilation aren't too soft to retain that support. With the range of adjustments available from power seats and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, finding an excellent driving position is easy. We might pass on the panoramic sunroof if head room was an extreme concern, but it lets in so much light, those tall family members will have to be frequent travelers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Audi Q5 four stars overall, with a five-star side-impact rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it top 'good' ratings, and now with those best 'good' ratings in the rigorous small overlap frontal impact test, plus effective front crash prevention (active safety) technology, it's now on the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ list.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.