|Premium compact SUV; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $14,500 – $55,800*|
2009 Audi Q5 Front
2009 Audi Q5 Rear
2009 Audi Q5 Interior
2009 Audi Q5 Profile
Audi’s Q5 offers a level of refinement and cargo/passenger versatility unmatched by most compact SUVs. Those strengths, coupled with first-rate cabin appointments, make it a strong contender among premium compact SUVs. New-car prices could inflate quickly when options were added, but those extras typically add less to the used-car valuation. Audi’s MMI system still takes some getting used to, but overall, Q5 has become a leading competitor in this quickly mushrooming class.
Audi launched its brand-new Q5 compact sport-utility vehicle late in the 2009 model year. Serving as the German automaker’s first compact SUV, this five-passenger wagon came standard with the company’s quattro all-wheel drive. A single Premium trim level was offered, but Premium Plus and especially costly Prestige option groups were available. The sole powertrain teamed a 270-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Audi’s quattro AWD system ordinarily split torque 40/60 front/rear, but had the ability to shift as much as 65 percent to the front and 85 percent to the rear as driving conditions warranted. Maximum towing capacity was 4400 pounds. Standard on Q5 were 18-inch wheels; 20-inch wheels were available.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Rear side airbags were optional. Available features included Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) system, which used a dashboard screen and a knob to control audio, navigation, suspension, and other functions. Other available features included three-zone climate control, a navigation system with real-time traffic information, keyless entry and starting, a rearview camera, blind-spot alert, a power tailgate, and a wireless cell-phone link. Optional Audi Drive Select allowed for driver control of engine, transmission, steering, and suspension settings. An S line option group added 20-inch wheels, headlamp washers, and unique exterior/interior trim. Rivals to the new Q5 included the BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Volvo’s new XC60.
Because the Q5 debuted late in the 2009 model year, little changed for the 2010 season, though blind spot alert was now included in the Prestige package.
The 2011 Audi Q5 lineup expanded to include a new lower-price 4-cylinder model, the base 2.0T, which had a 211-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine borrowed from the Audi A4.
Although a gas/electric hybrid version of the Audi Q5 was expected for 2012, it was delayed until the 2013 model year. There were no changes of note to the existing Q5 models.
The 2013 Audi Q5 featured a revised lineup, a new V6 engine, and assorted lesser updates. A gas/electric Hybrid debuted after being postponed from 2012. It was the first hybrid vehicle offered by Audi in North America.
For 2014, Audi added a sporty SQ5 and a diesel Q5 TDI to the line. The SQ5 was powered by a 354-horsepower supercharged V6, while the TDI had a 240-horsepower turbodiesel V6. Horsepower of the the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rose from 2011 to 220.