This Is What You Need To Know Before Buying Audi Q5 Sportback & Q5 Basic
Audi Q5, the compact luxury crossover SUV came to production in 2008 after it was first unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle went on sale early in Europe in October 2008 while the US model went in March 2009. The initial Europe model equipped 2.0 TFSI Quattro, 2.0 TDI Quattro, and 3.0 TDI Quattro whereas the US model got 3.2 FSI quattro and 2.0 TFSI quattro. At the initial stages of release, Audi planned to make a hybrid variant of the vehicle but couldn’t do it as the crash test results came out very bad with the nickel metal hydride batteries. For the second generation in 2017 the vehicle came with a long wheelbase variant. And also came with MHEV and PHEV trims which included a 48-volt main electrical system, and Permanent-magnet electric motor respectively. The 2023 Audi Q3 comes with three engine choices.
What’s New ?
Just like any other 2023 model vehicle, this new 2023 Audi Q5 has standard adaptive cruise control on all trim levels and Bang and Olufsen stereo system on Premium Plus trims. The Hybrid trims have OLED taillights. Chronos Gray replaces the Quantum Gray exterior color. The SUV offers plenty of room to feel comfortable and presents a ton of upscale features, even on the base trim. The mid-range and top trims get more premium features including Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster.
Engine Specifications & Performance
2023 Audi Q5 has a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 201 hp, coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive for all the 40 trims. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The 45’s have the same engine but with the power output boosted to 261 hp. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The plug-in-hybrids of the high-range 55s get a single electric motor setup to the engine making 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. And the handling becomes quite easy with the electromechanical progressive steering system with a turning diameter of 38.7. The optional adaptive suspension is not needed because the vehicle feels smooth even with the standard suspension.
Fuel Economy & Mileage
|2023 Audi Q5||City||Highway|
|40||23 mpg||29 mpg|
|45||23 mpg||28 mpg|
|55||25 mpg||29 mpg|
The 40 gets an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The mid-range 45 has a rating of 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. And the 55 has 25 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. But when tested, the vehicle on the highway gave only 26 mpg contrasting to its claimed 29 mpg, and also delivered an electric-only range of 17 miles whereas the estimated range is 23 miles.
Dimensions and Space
|2023 Audi Q5|
|Passenger Volume||99 ft3|
|Trunk Volume||26 ft3|
|Estimated Curb Weight||4185 lb|
|2023 Audi Q5||Price (USD)|
|Premium Plus 40||$50,195|
|Sportback Premium 40||$51,495|
|Premium Plus 45||$52,695|
|Sportback Premium Plus 45||$55,395|
|Premium 55 PHEV||$56,595|
|Premium Plus 55 PHEV||$61,195|
|Prestige 55 PHEV||$66,495|
The 40, and 45 trims come with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the 55 trims are plug-in hybrids. The 40 base trim has a starting price of $44,695 and goes all the way up to $66,495 for the Prestige 55 PHEV trim. The mid-range 45 trims are a good value for money with premium features along with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display.
Performance, Top Speed & Acceleration
|2023 Audi Q5 45 TFSI|
|Engine||2.0 L turbocharged and intercooled inline-4|
|0-60 mph||5.5 sec|
|1/4-Mile||14.2 sec @ 97 mph|
|0-100 mph||15.2 sec|
|Top Speed||129 mph|