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7.6

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Audi Q5 Review

The 2015 Audi Q5 ranks near the bottom of the luxury compact SUV class because of its firm ride and subpar reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous features list
  • Agile handling
  • Firm ride
  • Poor reliability rating
  • High ownership costs

2015 Audi Q5 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi Q5 a Good Used SUV?

The Audi Q5 is not a good used luxury compact SUV. It has a poor reliability rating, and its ride is firm and jittery over rough roads. This vehicle also has some of the highest total ownership costs in the class. However, it does have strong engine options, agile handling, and standard all-wheel drive, which Audi calls the Quattro system. The Q5 also boasts a roomy and refined cabin.

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Our Audi Q5 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 65 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Audi Q5?

Our site has more than 700 listings for the 2015 Audi Q5, with an average list price of $29,100. Prices range from $23,000 to $35,000 for this luxury compact SUV, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Audi Q5 Cost to Own?

The 2015 Q5’s expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $32,830 over five years, or about $6,570 per year. That’s above average for the class. For example, those same costs for the 2015 Lexus NX are estimated to be around $2,800 less than the Q5’s over five years, and $7,800 less for the 2015 Lexus NX hybrid.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Audi Q5?

The 2015 Q5 will save you roughly $13,850 compared to a 2019 Q5, which starts at $42,950. Audi redesigned the Q5 for the 2018 model year, giving it a stronger base engine and more standard safety features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. The new Q5s also have fresher exterior and interior styling and an updated infotainment system. Further, buying a new vehicle means you won’t have to worry about a questionable service history. For some shoppers, these perks may be worth the price hike.

If you want the hybrid Q5, you’ll have to stick with a used model. Audi discontinued the hybrid models after the 2016 model year.

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There are two new luxury compact SUVs that fall within the price range of a 2015 Q5. The 2019 Lincoln MKC starts at $33,995, and the 2019 Buick Envision has a base price of $31,995. Both have cushioned rides and more standard tech and safety features than the Q5, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and rear parking sensors. On the other hand, the Q5 has more cargo space and standard all-wheel drive.

You might also consider the nonluxury 2019 Honda CR-V or 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, both of which retail for less than $25,000. Both SUVs also have comfortable rides, more cargo space, and more standard and available tech features than the 2015 Q5.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q5 Is Best?

The 2015 Q5 is part of a generation that launched for the 2009 model year. Audi has made some notable updates since then. The 2013 Q5 gained an optional supercharged V6 engine, refreshed exterior and interior styling, and a hybrid model. For 2014, the Q5 got a stronger base engine, a diesel engine option, standard Bluetooth, and the performance-oriented SQ5 model. The 2015 Q5 gained a standard power liftgate, while the 2016 model received a panoramic sunroof. Many shoppers may find the 2014 Q5 to be the most appealing choice.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Q5 has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Along with the 2015 Volvo XC60, the Q5 has the worst rating in the class.

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2015 Audi Q5 Recalls

As of this writing, six recalls have been issued on the 2015 Q5. Two concern the coolant pump overheating and increasing the risk of a fire. Another two involve air bag inflators rupturing, while the final two concern fuel leaks and an electric connector melting, both of which also increase the risk of a fire. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi Q5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Q5 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. There are also three powertrains: 2.0T, 3.0T, and TDI. A fourth powertrain is available with the Q5 hybrid, and a high-performance model called the SQ5 is also available in the Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

The base 2.0T Q5 Premium is well-equipped, making it a good value. It comes with a 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front and rear fog lights, xenon headlights, alloy wheels with all-season tires, a power tailgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. There is also Audi’s MMI with a 6.5-inch display, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

When it was new, Audi offered the 2.0T Premium with an MMI Navigation Plus package, so you might find used Q5s outfitted with HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and navigation.

The 2.0T Premium Plus adds a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. It’s also the first trim that was available with several advanced safety features. You might find models with the same features in the MMI Navigation Plus package, as well as a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a Wi-Fi hot spot (Audi Connect). The 3.0T Premium Plus has a supercharged V6 engine that makes 272 horsepower. This engine is not available in the Premium trim.

The 3.0T Prestige features the contents of the Premium Plus’ Technology package. It also adds manual rear-window sunshades and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Prestige trim was available with a few packages when it was new, so you might find a vehicle with upgraded leather seating trim, ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustments, and adaptive cruise control.

A 354-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 comes with both versions of the SQ5 in the Premium Plus and the Prestige trims. Otherwise, the interior features of these models resemble the regular Q5’s trims.

TDI models have a V6 diesel engine that is rated at 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. However, the 2015 Q5 was affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal. TDI Premium Plus and Prestige models were available with an S-Line package that includes sporty exterior styling.

The Q5 hybrid uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine but pairs it with an electric motor for a total output of 245 horsepower. Its interior equipment list mirrors that of the Prestige trim.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi Q5 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for the added coverage and benefits it provides. According to our analysis, Audi has a decent certified pre-owned program. However, Infiniti, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz offer more comprehensive CPO programs.

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Audi vehicles that earn CPO status receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus point inspection.

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How Safe Is the Q5?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Q5 an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Q5 a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, which is the organization’s highest honor. This SUV received the highest rating of Good in every crash test conducted.

The 2015 Q5 has no standard active safety features. A rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors are available. Some rivals, such as the 2015 Infiniti QX60, have more safety features, including lane keep assist and a surround-view parking camera.

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2015 Audi Q5 Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 BMW X3 is a great luxury SUV. Compared to the Audi, the BMW has higher safety and reliability ratings, as well as more cargo space. It’s one of the most athletic vehicles in the class. The X3 will also save you $1,800 compared to the Q5 on average. On the other hand, the BMW lacks standard all-wheel drive, which is called Quattro in the Audi. The Q5 also has slightly more rear-seat legroom than the X3. However, the BMW is the better SUV overall.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q5 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK is another great luxury compact SUV. It has an elegant cabin and a strong V6 engine. Its ride is poised, and this Mercedes-Benz has class-leading reliability and safety ratings. It doesn’t have the Audi’s standard all-wheel drive though. The GLK also has less cargo space and rear-seat legroom than the Q5. However, if those drawbacks don’t bother you, you’ll get a better overall vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz.

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2015 Q5 Performance

How Does the 2015 Audi Q5 Drive?

The 2015 Audi Q5 is available with four powertrains: 2.0T, 3.0T, TDI, and hybrid. A fifth powertrain comes in the SQ5.

The 2.0T model has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It makes 220 horsepower. Hybrid models have a turbo-four as well as an electric motor. This combined setup generates 245 horsepower.

The other engines are all V6s, starting with the 3.0T Premium Plus. This 3.0-liter V6 puts out 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Audi TDI models use a turbodiesel variant of this engine that produces 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

The Audi SQ5 features a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as well, but this one makes 354 horsepower. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.

Each engine provides ample power for daily driving situations, and the supercharged V6 engines deliver quicker acceleration. The high-performance SQ5 goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The transmission makes smooth, timely shifts. This SUV is one of the nimbler options in the class, offering sharp steering and poised handling. However, its ride can be firm, and some road flaws permeate the cabin.

Does the 2015 Audi Q5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base Premium trim and four-cylinder engine, this luxury crossover SUV gets fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. While that’s about average for the class, it’s worth keeping in mind that this SUV has standard all-wheel drive, which many rivals do not. The Q5 hybrid gets great fuel economy estimates of 24/30 mpg city/highway, while the SQ5’s ratings dip down to 17/24 mpg.

2015 Audi Q5 Towing Capacity

This vehicle can tow up to 4,400 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 Q5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Q5 Seat?

The 2015 Audi Q5 seats five people. Leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and rear-window sunshades are available.

The seats are spacious, and the cabin is lined with soft-touch materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Audi Q5?

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats, and a third upper tether for the middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower ones are buried too deep in the seat cushions.

2015 Audi Q5 Features

The base 2015 Q5 comes with several standard features, such as tri-zone automatic climate control, Audi’s MMI with a 6.5-inch display, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available equipment includes HD Radio, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, Bluetooth audio streaming, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot (Audi Connect), push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof.

The infotainment system’s physical controls are oddly placed, making them tricky to use.

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2015 Audi Q5 Dimensions

Audi Q5 Cargo Space

The 2015 Audi Q5 has 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 57.3 cubic feet with them folded. Those are above-average figures among luxury compact SUVs, though the 2015 BMW X3 and 2015 Volvo XC60 provide more space. A power liftgate comes standard in the Q5.

2015 Q5 Length and Weight

This Audi is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,090 pounds for the base 2.0T up to 4,475 pounds for the turbodiesel TDI models.

Where Was the 2015 Audi Q5 Built?

Audi manufactured the Q5 primarily in Germany.

Is the Audi Q5 Affected by the VW Diesel Scandal?

Q5 TDI models are involved in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. They require modifications to meet EPA standards, and these alterations may affect driving performance and fuel economy.

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