2015 Audi SQ5

Pros: Good selection of powertrains, including hybrid and diesel-engine models; crisp, athletic-for-the-class handling; convincingly upscale interior trimmings

Cons: Ride can get a bit stiff over sharp bumps; complicated control layout; prices rise quickly with options and higher-end models

CG Says: The 2015 Audi Q5 adds xenon headlights, LED running lights, and a power tailgate to its standard-equipment list. Though rivals have their attractions, the Q5 is a class standout for refinement and cargo/passenger versatility. Classy cabin appointments, sporty road manners, and Audi’s rising brand status are among other strong assets. The availability of hybrid, diesel-engine, and sporty SQ5 versions is a plus as well. Prices soar as you add options or move up the model hierarchy, leaving the entry-level 2.0T as the best dollar value and a capable all-rounder that should satisfy most buyers. Keep an eye on the options sheet, though, as expensive packages and standalone items quickly send the MSRP skyward.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 2.0T Premium: $38,900
2.0T Hybrid: $51,900
3.0T Premium Plus: $44,900
3.0 TDI Premium Plus: $47,000
SQ5 3.0T: $52,700

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
220 (245 in Hybrid)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
272 (354 in SQ5)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26

Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

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2015 Audi Q5 TDI