- Estimated 30 mpg on the highway
- Audi’s first hybrid model
- More standard features than the gas version, including a Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Audi’s only hybrid model, the Q5 Hybrid, returns for 2014 mostly unchanged after its debut last year.
Though the notion of an SUV being Audi’s only hybrid models seems splendiferous at its fact, Audi is actually second to the party. Lexus makes a popular hybrid version of its RX crossover (the RX 450h) and with fuel economy remaining a priority among new car buyers, the Q5 hybrid makes a weird sort of sense. In that vein, Audi also introduced a new diesel version of the Q5 for 2014 that also features bolstered fuel economy.
Like most of the cars in Audi’s lineup, the Q5 Hybrid is handsome and symmetrical, with sleek, understated styling. Standard 19” alloy wheels bulge out of huge arches sitting under subtly folded and curved body panels. Other standard exterior features include automatic xenon headlights, Audi’s famous front grille, heated side mirrors, power liftgate, and aluminum roof rails. Exterior options are limited, as the hybrid is a top range model, but do include large 20” alloy wheels.
The Q5 Hybrid is very well equipped in all forms; Audi has started the hybrid as one of the top trim levels, so all Q5 Hybrids come standard with a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel, Bang & Olufsen stereo, tri-zone automatic climate control, and adjustable power seats. HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod port, Audi’s MMI system, and a navigation system with voice control are also standard and give the Q5 Hybrid a formidable array of in-car technology. 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 2014 Q5 Hybrid combines a 245-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 354 pounds-feet of torque with an electric motor that 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 the fuel savings as well.
Standard safety features include six airbags, adaptive headlights, traction/stability control, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, and a rear view camera.