Audi has always been known to produce premium quality cars and the ever so popular Q5 is no exception to the same. Quick, comfortable, luxurious and equipped with the latest technology, 2019 Audi Q5 is a perfect premium crossover that you can buy. Although it’s available only in a 2.0L 4 cylinder version producing a modest 252 hp, this car is still faster than some rivals in the segment using V6 engines. This one may not be a performance machine like Porsche Macan, but it’s well-rounded nature, refinement and persona seem to be enough in making this car a hit amongst buyers.
This article includes a detailed review of the car where we will be going through each important aspect of the car and then determine the final verdict.
What’s changed from 2018?
A number of features have been made standard by the company including heated front seats, seven-inch gauge cluster display, rear electric child locks, Audi connect CARE and aluminium trim around windows. The midrange Premium Plus model now offers navigation and wireless smartphone charging as standard with rear seats USB Ports while Premium Plus and Prestige models now include 20-inch dark grey wheels and a blacked-out exterior trim as standard.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
All models feature a 252 hp turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with a 7 dual-clutch automatic transmission system and standard Quattro all-wheel drive that is being offered in all premium Audi cars. Surprisingly enough though, this four-cylinder engine takes only 5.8 seconds to reach 60 mph and in doing so outperforms the V6 rivals in segment such as Lexus RX and XT5 while coming close enough to the likes of performance-oriented Macan S. The turbo four is easy to handle whether in tricky situations in city or blasting through speed on a highway plus it is surprisingly smooth, quiet and mellifluous.
The suspension is well damped and remains smooth no matter the road condition, the ride is smooth and controllable even without adaptive suspension and steering is accurate as well as lightly weighted which makes it really easy to navigate the car. The car can tow a hefty 4400 pounds and Dynamic Driving mode doesn’t seem up to the mark at all with steering becoming heftier.
Fuel Economy and MPG
The 4 cylinder engine of Q5 not only provides zippy acceleration, but it is also known for the top of the class EPA rated fuel efficiency that it provides to the car. Equipped with standard all-wheel drive, the car has the capability to disconnect the rear traction until maximum traction is needed which further saves fuel and improves the smoothness of car driving. In real-world testing, Q5 underperformed its EPA rating by 1 mpg with a 26 mpg result but it still performed better than Cadillac and Porsche.
Interior and Cargo
This car provides enough room for 4 people to get comfortable plus it offers plenty of upscale features even with the base premium model. The cabin remains both quiet at speed and is really easy to get into and come out of and the car remains balanced even when going all out with acceleration.
Simple and clean theme design that has been a characteristic Audi is translated perfectly in this car with simple control, measured layout and leather wrapped standard power adjustable seats making a luxurious statement on the customers. Reasonably enough, moving through the higher trims will introduce to more of the luxuries and premium technologies that Audi has engineered over the years to make your car experience better. Some of these luxuries include Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control and adjustable thigh support for both of the front seats.
Surprisingly enough, even the buyers of the base model Q5 will have an intuitive infotainment system with a 7-inch screen as standard and 8.3-inch unit optional. Most of the expected standard infotainment systems like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-fi hotspot are present while things get even more interesting with an optional navigation system that comes with Virtual Cockpit. This system provides a wide 12.3-inch view of navigation maps plus selected media, phone controls, trip computer, speed, and tachometer, or a combination of these.
All things aside but when it comes to cargo holding bay, this car is a disappointment, although it beat the smaller Macan it could only contain 18 cases with seats folded and for comparison, the smaller Honda HR-V can accommodate 22.
Safety and Driver Assistance
Q5 has performed really well in crash tests conducted by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with the latter calling Audi a top safety pick. Emergency braking and automatic collision warning are standard while some other high-tech safety gears are optional.
Some key safety features include:-
- Automated emergency braking as standard
- Automated forward-collision warning as standard
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance
Audi offers average maintenance deals and some of the other rivals might offer better deals, the highlight of the deal is the free maintenance offered by Audi at first scheduled maintenance after 10,000 miles.
The limited warranty covers 4 years and 50,000 miles, Powertrain warranty covers 4 years and 50,000 miles.
Warranty and Maintenance
You may want to treat yourself after seeing the hefty prices being asked for the like of Jaguar F-Pace and Cardiac XT5, compared to these models this one is just a bargain which you should take. Speaking of it overall, it really depends on you on whether you have the utility of a durable crossover with less cargo space because performance wise this car is a class act from Audi which offers something different but better than what rivals have for offer and the only downside seems to be the less cargo storage if you think of it as a utility vehicle for family.