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Overview of the 2015 Audi Q5

The 2015 Audi Q5 shares the same platform with the Audi A4 Sedan and the Audi A5. Similar to those models, the Audi Q5 exhibits sporty handling combined with a smooth and comfortable ride, although the vehicle’s driving dynamics are somewhat dulled due to the 2015 Audi Q5’s larger size and higher height. Nevertheless, the Audi Q5 does provide an excellent elevated view of the upcoming road together with ample cargo space of 29.1 cubic ft. when the rear seats are up and 57.3 cubic ft. when folded.

As a car based crossover, Audi states that the 2015 Q5 handles itself extremely well off-road. It has a climbing capability of a respectable 31 degrees of incline and an overhang angle of 25 degrees, largely due to a shortened front overhang. The ramp break-over angle, as measured by the wheelbase, comes in at 17.5 degrees. Ground clearance measures a generous 7.87 inches and includes a fording depth of a well-proportioned 19.69 inches for driving through water. With that said, the 2015 Audi Q5 should not be mistaken as an extreme off-road vehicle, but instead a luxury ride that is fully capable of a minor off-road adventure.

The Interior Cabin

The 2015 Audi Q5’s cabin is beautifully trimmed in superior materials and has the optional outfitting of the most recent version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system (for an additional cost). Additional add-ons include Audi Connect, the system that brings in-car internet connectivity and the latest industry advancement of Google Earth integration. This all comes complete with a magnificent panoramic, full-range, view and high-definition 3D satellite and aerial view imagery.

Powertrain Options for the 2015 Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is available in four different powertrain levels, each containing a standard eight-speed automatic transmission that smoothly sends power to every wheel via Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The base level engine is a powerful, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 211 horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque. Even with that power, the base model returns 20/28 mpg in the city/highway, respectively.

For those seeking more power, a 3.0-liter super-charged V6 boasting 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque is sure to provide that extra excitement. Fuel economy suffers only slightly at 18/26 mpg.

The real power seekers should consider the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 cranking out 240 horsepower and a staggering 428 lb-ft of torque. Despite that massive low-end power, the diesel model earns the highest EPA rating at 24/31 mpg.

Although it receives less media attention and fewer sales than the new diesel model, a gas-electric hybrid is still available. It pairs the base model’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 245 horsepower electric motor to producing 345 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency rates at 24/30 mpg. A respectable option for the hybrid lovers.

Audi Q5 shoppers should not forget to consider the 2015 Audi SQ5. The SQ5 is powered by a sporty 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine, the same engine found in the S4 sport sedan. Pushing out 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft. of torque to every wheel via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and the most up-to-date quattro all-wheel drive system. The SQ5 is definitely not your typical family-hauler with a 0 to 60 time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (due to an electronic limiter) this vehicle can really lay down some rubber. The SQ5 brings sports car to the SUV world.

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Overall Review and Rating:

MSRP: The 2015 Audi Q5 starts at: $38,900.00 and the 2015 Audi SQ5 begins at: $52,700.00.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Pros:

  1. Engine Power and Fuel Economy for a luxury SUV.
  2. Available Add-on Features.
  3. Interior Cabin spaciousness and effortless drive-train.

Cons:

  1. Not the most powerful of the luxury SUV models.
  2. Dulled Driving Dynamics.
  3. Audi’s infotainment system does not come standard.

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