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7.7

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2014 Audi Q5 Review

Praiseworthy traits of the 2014 Audi Q5 include enjoyable driving dynamics and a scintillating selection of engines. Its spacious cabin and lengthy list of luxurious amenities are also appealing, but the Q5's reliability is only average. 

Pros & Cons

  • Lavish interior
  • Fun driving dynamics
  • Standard all-wheel drive

 

  • Infotainment system is not as straightforward as some

 

New for 2014

  • New diesel and SQ5 models introduced
  • More-powerful base engine added
  • Bluetooth phone integration became standard

2014 Audi Q5 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi Q5 a Good Used SUV?

When it was new, the 2014 Audi Q5 won our Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award. Contributing to its win are roomy, leather-swaddled seats, a convenient cargo space, and a healthy dose of family-favorite amenities.

The 2014 Q5 comes in a motley of trims, each boasting a signature engine. Under the hood of the base 2.0T Premium is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's refined and energetic, with middle-of-the-road fuel economy. If you want faster acceleration, pick the 3.0T Premium Plus. Its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 boosts horsepower from 220 to 272. Gas mileage inches down from the base engine's 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway to 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. For 2014, Audi added the high-performance SQ5 edition to the lineup. It has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with a 354-horsepower rating and a zero to 60 sprint time of 5.1 seconds. The 2014 Q5 is also available as a hybrid SUV and with a turbodiesel engine (though sales of the 3.0 TDI are limited following the Volkswagen emissions scandal). Every model comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's all-wheel-drive quattro system. Agile handling, precise steering, and a comfortable ride help make up the Q5's enjoyable driving dynamics.

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First-class materials and stellar build quality are two traits of the Q5's cabin, which is often considered one of the most luxurious in the class. The Q5 seats five people on leather upholstery. The front seats are cushy and the rear seats slide and recline for added legroom.

Quite a bit of comfort and technology amenities come standard in the 2014 Q5. Goodies like Bluetooth connectivity and iPod integration give you lots of ways to stay entertained, and tri-zone automatic climate control minimizes disputes over temperature settings. Audi's MMI infotainment interface is a bit hit-and-miss for usability, so you may want to spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with this system before you buy. Other available features in the 2014 Q5 include navigation, adaptive cruise control, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, and a panoramic moonroof.

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Used 2014 Audi Q5 Prices

Expect to pay between $21,700 and $35,300 for a used 2014 Audi Q5. The price will go up or down depending on regional fluctuations and the vehicle's trim level, condition, and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi Q5?

The 2014 Audi Q5 has only average reliability; about half of the rivals in our 2014 luxury compact SUV rankings top its score of three out of five. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class posts a perfect reliability score of five, and the 2014 Volvo XC60 and 2014 Acura RDX each receive a 3.5.

How Safe Is the Q5?

The 2014 Q5 earned top scores in all four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as did the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. No advanced driver assistance features are standard in the Q5, but adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a blind spot monitoring system are among the available safety options.

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Should I Consider Another Used Q5?

Audi first released the Q5 for the 2009 model year. The current generation spans from 2009 through 2017. There have been no major updates since the Q5’s launch, but not every model year is equal. If you compare the 2014 model year with the two prior model years, the 2013 Q5 emerges as the most reliable. It also scored higher in our rankings overall. Though it's missing a few of the 2014 Q5’s improvements (including powertrain enhancements and standard Bluetooth), you can save money by shopping for a 2013 Q5 instead.

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Which Used Audi Q5 Is Right for Me?

There's a lot to love about the Q5 2.0T Premium. As the base model, it will likely be the least expensive, but it doesn't feel cheap inside. Leather seats and tri-zone climate control – which are typically add-ons – are standard in the 2.0T, along with a well-equipped infotainment system and the all-wheel-drive quattro system. Stepping up to the 3.0T Premium Plus adds a few other amenities, not to mention a more powerful supercharged engine. Though its V6 is certainly invigorating, the base turbocharged engine is still refined and peppy, delivering enough power to tackle most daily commutes with ease.

A certified pre-owned Q5 may suit you best. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Pieces of Data Analyzed

This 2014 Audi Q5 review is not based on our personal opinions, nor are any of our other used luxury SUV reviews. We pulled together dozens of different pieces of information, getting down to the finer details like fuel efficiency, legroom, and cargo space. We then compared the Q5 with its top rivals to help you make an informed buying decision.

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2014 Audi Q5 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi Q5 or 2014 BMW X3?

The 2014 BMW X3 outclasses the Audi Q5 in almost every way. It has a powerful base engine, sporty handling, and good ride comfort. While the Q5’s infotainment system can be complicated to learn, the X3 has a user-friendly interface with a clear display. The X3 has more cargo space and slightly better fuel economy than the Q5.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi Q5 or 2014 Volvo XC60?

Volvo vehicles have a reputation for being safe and reliable, and the 2014 Volvo XC60 is no different. When the XC60 was new, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Safety Pick+ designation. The Volvo has standard automatic emergency braking and optional pedestrian detection among its advanced driver assistance features. The car will keep you safe, but it isn't quite as vivacious as the Q5. You'll have to decide if protection or performance tops your list of priorities.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi Q5 or 2014 Acura RDX?

If you want a luxury crossover SUV that's roomy and high-tech, and also has a smooth, sprightly powertrain, you should take a serious look at the 2014 Acura RDX. It has more cargo space and standard equipment than the Q5, and its climate and audio controls are well-placed and easy to use. Plus, you'll pay quite a bit less to buy and maintain an RDX than a Q5.

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