2013 Audi Q5 hybrid Overview
For 2013, Audi debuts a brand-new version of its popular Q5 luxury SUV, the Q5 Hybrid. The Q5 Hybrid is Audi’s green answer to what’s proven to be a popular segment among luxury automakers, battling competitors like the Lexus RX 450h.
The exterior of the 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid is handsome, somehow managing to ably toe the line between rugged and sleek. The body panels are creased and folded in all the right places and the standard 19” alloy wheels bulge out of huge arches. Other standard exterior features include automatic xenon headlights, Audi’s famous front grille, heated side mirrors, power liftgate, and aluminum roof rails. The options are limited, as the hybrid is a top range model, but do include large 20” alloy wheels.
When we step into the interior of the Q5 Hybrid, we find classic Audi build quality. All of the surfaces are soft-touch leather or synthetics, and they are assembled with the precision that only Audi knows. All Q5 Hybrids come standard with a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel, Bang & Olufsen stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, and adjustable power seats. There is also plenty of standard technology including HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod port, Audi’s MMI system, and a navigation system with voice control. In addition, the rear bench slides forward and back, and splits in a 40/20/40 configuration, offering plenty of cargo flexibility for all of your shopping needs. Options include rear-seat entertainment screens and extra-soft leather seats.
The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid comes with a 245-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 354 pounds-feet of torque that combines with an electric motor which provides 54-horsepower of extra grunt. Mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, the hybrid system returns 24/30 mpg city/highway. Fancy fuel-saving technology like engine stop/start, regenerative brakes, and low-drag wheels all contribute to this performance.
The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid has not been crash tested but its gasoline counterpart, the Q5, received a Top-Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include six airbags, adaptive headlights, traction/stability control, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, and a rear view camera.