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2017 Audi Q5 Review

The 2017 Audi Q5 has a roomy and lavish interior, a powerful engine lineup, and well-balanced handling. However, its poor predicted reliability rating and high projected ownership costs keep the Q5 from breaking out from the middle of the luxury compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seats in both rows
  • Agile handling
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Dated infotainment system
  • Fewer safety features than rivals




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Audi Q5 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi Q5 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Audi Q5 is a decent luxury compact SUV. It has an opulent interior with ample seating space in both rows. It’s comfortable to drive yet still lively and agile around turns, and its lineup of four- and six-cylinder engines provides brisk acceleration. That said, its low predicted reliability rating makes it hard to recommend the Q5. Its infotainment system is also dated.

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We’ve analyzed 67 Audi Q5 reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Audi Q5?

Based on 217 listings for the 2017 Audi Q5, prices range from approximately $30,000 to $41,900. The average list price is $34,700. How much you spend depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi Q5 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Audi Q5's five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $33,340 – or $6,670 per year. By comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 BMW X3 and the 2017 Audi Q7 are about $30,290 and $31,035, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 is completely redesigned, offering an enhanced infotainment system, updated styling, a more powerful base engine, and several standard driver assistance features. You'll pay more, but the 2018 Q5 is the way to go.

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For about the same price you'd pay for a 2017 Q5, you could get a base model 2018 Acura RDX. You’ll get not only a new SUV, but one with far more safety features. The RDX has spacious seating in both rows, above-average cargo room, and a powerful V6 engine.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q5 Is Best?

The 2017 Audi Q5 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2009 model year. The 2013 Q5 added an available supercharged V6 engine, introduced a hybrid model, and refreshed the interior and exterior styling. The 2014 model year introduced a new diesel engine, the performance SQ5 model, a stronger base engine, and standard Bluetooth. The 2015 model year added a standard power liftgate, and the 2016 model year added a standard panoramic sunroof. The 2017 model offers more standard features across most trim levels, and it discontinued the Q5 Hybrid. For the best combination of features and value, stick with 2014 and newer models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi Q5?

The 2017 Audi Q5 has a predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. This is the lowest possible rating (a score of three is average).

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2017 Audi Q5 Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2017 Audi Q5 is affected by four recalls. These recalls address issues with the water pump, fuel pump flange, side airbags, and transmission parking pawl. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi Q5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi Q5 comes in three variants: 2.0T, 3.0T, and SQ5. The 2.0T variant comes in Premium and Premium Plus trims, while the 3.0T and performance-oriented SQ5 come in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The base 2.0T Premium should be sufficient for most shoppers. It features a panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running headlights, fog lights, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, and Audi's MMI infotainment system. If you're looking for driver assistance features, opt for the 3.0T Prestige. It comes with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive xenon headlights. Consider the SQ5 Prestige if you're looking for sportier performance. It comes with a stronger supercharged V6 engine and a sport suspension system.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the Q5?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Audi Q5 the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Q5 four out of five stars in its frontal and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test for a four-star overall rating.

The Q5 doesn't come with any standard driver assistance features. However, some used models may be equipped with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

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2017 Audi Q5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q5 or 2017 BMW X3?

The high-ranking 2017 BMW X3 has sporty handling and strong engines, along with a classy and comfortable interior. Not only does it have a more refined infotainment system than the Q5, it has higher safety scores and better predicted reliability as well. Though the X3 is void of advanced safety features in the base trim (like the Q5), it’s still the superior vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q5 or 2017 Audi Q7?

The 2017 Audi Q7 sits in the luxury midsize SUV class. Like its smaller sibling, it features a luxurious cabin and adept handling. The Q7 has an even stronger group of engines than the Q5, additional passenger and cargo space, a standard rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. You can also tow more with the Q7 than you can with the Q5. If you'll willing to pay the price, the Q7 is the way to go.

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2017 Q5 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi Q5 Drive?

The Q5 is powered by a 220-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers speedy acceleration. However, its automatic stop-start system for preserving fuel may be annoying in stop-and-go traffic. For more power, there's an available 272-horsepower, supercharged V6 and an available 354-horsepower, supercharged V6. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. All models come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Audi Q5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Audi Q5 delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway in the base trim, which is average in the class. The available supercharged V6 gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the 2017 BMW X3 and 2017 Audi Q7 deliver 21/28 mpg city/highway and 20/25 mpg city/highway, respectively.

2017 Audi Q5 Towing Capacity

The 2017 Audi Q5 has one of the highest towing capacities among luxury compact crossovers: up to 4,400 pounds. If you're looking to tow even more, consider the larger 2017 Audi Q7. It can tow up to 7,700 pounds with its available towing package.

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2017 Q5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Q5 Seat?

The 2017 Audi Q5 has seating for five across two rows. With ample space in both rows and excellent materials quality, the Q5 has one of the nicest cabins in the class. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models even include heated and ventilated seats and premium leather upholstery. The standard front seats' backrests are on the narrow side, but some models may come with more supportive sport seats.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi Q5?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the 2017 Q5's rear outboard seats, in addition to an upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded this LATCH system its second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. Some of the upper tethers are hard to find, and some of the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats and can be difficult to maneuver around.  

2017 Audi Q5 Features

The 2017 Q5 comes standard with satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, Audi's MMI infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, and three-zone climate control. Some models may also include HD Radio, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, navigation, and voice control.

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2017 Audi Q5 Dimensions

Audi Q5 Cargo Space

The Q5 has 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded down. That's more space than the class average. The Q5 also comes with a standard power liftgate, which makes loading cargo easier.  

2017 Q5 Length and Weight

The 2017 Audi Q5 is roughly 15.2 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,090 to 4,420 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi Q5 Built?

The 2017 Q5 was built in San José Chiapa, Mexico.


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