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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2015 Audi Q5 Review

The 2015 Audi Q5 offers superior cabin luxury and dynamic handling. High ownership costs, however, push this luxury compact SUV toward the bottom half of the class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Crisp handling
  • Potent range of engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Difficult-to-use infotainment system
  • Ride may feel firm

2015 Audi Q5 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi Q5 a Good Used SUV?

The Audi Q5 is a very good luxury compact SUV, with one of the class' best combination of practicality, athleticism, and luxury. It has remarkable handling, a range of powerful engines, and standard all-wheel drive, which is rare for the class. It also features spacious seating and one of the nicest cabins in the segment. This is a very competitive class, however, and several rivals earn better predicted reliability ratings and deliver smoother rides.

Used 2015 Audi Q5 Performance and Interior

A series of potent engines power the Q5. The base 2.0T model has a turbocharged, 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine that puts down ample power. A trio of potent V6 engines are available: the Q5 3.0T's supercharged, 272-horsepower V6; the Q5 TDI's turbodiesel V6; and the performance-tuned SQ5's supercharged, 354-horsepower V6. There’s also a hybrid model with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together make 245 horsepower. Each model comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

With an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, the base Audi Q5 gets decent fuel economy numbers for a luxury compact SUV with AWD. The Q5 offers agile, composed handling that makes it enjoyable to drive. However, its athleticism comes at the expense of some ride comfort.

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The 2015 Audi Q5 is a 2-row SUV with seating for five. It boasts one of the most upscale, high-quality interiors in this ultra-competitive class, and its seats are pleasant and roomy in both rows. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color display screen. The infotainment system's inconveniently placed controls may take some time to master.

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Used 2015 Audi Q5 Prices

The average price of a used 2015 Audi Q5 ranges from about $31,100 for the base model to around $41,650 for the top-of-the-line Q5 3.0T Prestige. These prices may vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, location, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 61 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional reviews and include data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 61 Audi Q5 reviews to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi Q5?

On J.D. Power and Associates' five-point predicted reliability scale, the 2015 Q5 earns a three, which is about average among all cars but a bit below average for a luxury crossover. 

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How Safe Is the Q5?

The Q5's crash test scores are on par with those of most other SUVs in the class. The Q5 earned Good scores (the best possible) in all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. It received an overall four-out-of-five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as four stars in NHTSA rollover and front-end collision tests. 

The Audi Q5 doesn’t come standard with any active safety features, but it's available with adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Q5?

The 2015 Q5 is within the SUV's first generation, which includes the 2009 through 2017 model years. You can likely save money by purchasing an older model. However, you might not want to shop models earlier than 2014, as this model year introduced standard Bluetooth, a stronger base engine, a diesel model, and the high-performance SQ5 model.

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Which Used Audi Q5 Is Right for Me?

The Audi Q5 has several available powertrains (2.0T, 3.0T, TDI, Hybrid, and SQ5) and three trim levels (Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige). Not all powertrains are available with all trims, however.

Premium trims come with a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, leather seating, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and the MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Premium Plus trims add a panoramic sunroof, keyless start, and heated front seats. The Prestige trim adds navigation and a rear camera with front and rear parking sensors. The performance-oriented SQ5 model has a multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, a leather-wrapped shift knob, leather/Alcantara sport seats, roof rails, quad exhaust pipes with finished tips, and front and rear performance tires.

Audi also offers certified pre-owned cars. 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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2015 Audi Q5 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q5 or 2015 BMW X3?

Those seeking a thrill ride will prefer the BMW X3 to the Audi Q5. It offers some of the most exciting, corner-carving handling in the class. There are also a number of strong engines available, including its base engine, which earns better fuel economy than the Q5's. The X3, however, isn't as luxurious inside.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q5 or 2015 Audi Q7?

If you like what the Audi Q5 offers but need more seating space, the Q7 is the perfect alternative. It offers seating for seven along with many of the Q5's best attributes, including its high-end cabin and powerful engines. The Q7 also has more cargo space than its sibling, but you’ll likely pay significantly more for the Q7's extra room.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q5 or 2015 Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 may not be as powerful or upscale as the Audi Q5, but it outperforms it in fuel economy, cargo space, and interior room. The XC60 also has a straightforward infotainment system and a few more available features. Both SUVs have similar safety and reliability ratings, but the XC60’s cost of ownership is projected to be lower than the Audi Q5’s. Additionally, the XC60 was named our 2015 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families.

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