2017 Q5 New Car Test Drive
The Audi Q5 has been around since the 2008 season, earning only a mild update for 2014. It's an old-timer among five-passenger compact crossover SUVs.
Changes for the 2017 Audi Q5 are minor: The top 2017 Q5 Prestige trim level gains adaptive cruise control and other standard equipment, including Drive Select. Audi also is making its adaptive suspension available on more models and increasing some wheel sizes, while adding a sport appearance package to the top performance model. Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all trim levels. Blind-spot monitoring is available.
Three engines are available for 2017 Audi Q5 models: a four-cylinder plus two renditions of a supercharged V6. Gone are hybrid and diesel versions.
The base turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder develops 220 horsepower, versus 272 horsepower for the supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Topping the performance chart, a stronger supercharged V6 generates 354 horsepower in the SQ5 edition. That's sufficient to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, versus 7 seconds for the four-cylinder and 6 seconds for the regular V6.
Each engine mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The enthusiastic base engine delivers plenty of four-cylinder action, helped by a quick-operating transmission.
Audi's MMI infotainment systems perform well, though lacking a touchscreen. Base models have a 6.5-inch screen.
If installed, the adaptive Drive Select system can alter steering, transmission, and throttle responses, working in accord with the adaptive suspension. Drive Select has four modes: Auto, Sport, Individual, and Comfort.
A rearview camera is available but only with the Technology package for the Q5 2.0T trim, which also includes navigation and Bang & Olufsen audio. Sport Interior, S Line, and Black Optic packages are available for 3.0T models.
Federal officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Q5 a four-star score overall, with a five-star rating for side-impact protection, but four stars in frontal crash and rollover safety. The 2016 Audi Q5 was rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after earning top Good scores in each crash test.
Each engine selection comes in a choice of two trim levels.
The Q5 2.0T Premium ($40,900) comes with the four-cylinder engine, leather seating surfaces, walnut trim, 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, xenon headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch wheels. 2.0T Premium Plus ($43,150) adds heated front seats, driver's seat memory, heated power mirrors with memory, and 19-inch wheels.
Q5 3.0T Premium Plus ($46,400) gets the V6 engine and Premium Plus contents, including 19-inch wheels. Q5 3.0T Prestige ($53,200) adds adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, Drive Select, navigation with voice control, blind-spot monitoring, Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker audio, paddle shifters, and a heated/cooled cupholder.
Audi SQ5 Premium Plus ($53,300) holds the 354-horsepower engine and comes with Drive Select, plus 20-inch wheels. SQ5 Prestige ($60,800) adds equipment similar to the 3.0T Prestige.