- IIHS Top Safety Pick
- New diesel engine available later in 2013
- Standard all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission
The 2014 Audi Q5 adds an exciting new diesel engine to a stylish and functional contender in the compact luxury crossover segment.
Beyond the new engine option, not much has changed for 2014. The Q5 retains its handsome exterior; Audi’s symmetrical design concept works very well on larger cars and SUVs and the Q5 is no exception with great proportions, the signature Audi grille, and of course attractive LED light bars in the headlights. Other standard exterior features include automatic halogen headlights, heated side mirrors, and aluminum roof rails. Plenty of exterior options are also offered including adaptive xenon headlights, 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels, and a power tailgate.
Audi’s dedication to build quality and upmarket materials is on full display in the Q5. All of the surfaces are soft-touch leather or synthetics, and they are assembled with the precision that only Audi knows. All Q5s come standard with a tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel, ten speaker stereo, automatic climate control, and adjustable power seats. In addition, the rear bench slides forward and back and offers 40/20/40-split folding, offering plenty of cargo flexibility for all of your shopping needs. Added technology/comfort options include a hard-drive-based navigation system, real wood trim pieces, extra-soft leather seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and Bluetooth/iPod compatibility.
The 2014 Q5 has two gasoline engine options and one diesel. Each comes mated to Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is Audi’s trusty 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 258 pounds-feet of torque and getting 20/28 mpg city/highway. The optional engine is a 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 making 295 pounds-feet of torque. It is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive, and returns 18/26 mpg city/highway. Rounding out the engine options is a new 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 that makes a whopping 428 pounds-feet of torque will return the best fuel economy of the bunch at 24/31 mpg city/highway.
For its performance in crash tests, the 2014 Q5 earned a Top-Safety Pick award from the IIHS. This isn’t surprising, though considering the standard features on the Q5: six airbags, traction/stability control, and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The safety options are equally impressive: rear-passenger side airbags, hill-descent control, side-assist, and adaptive cruise control are also available.