2019 Audi Q5 Expert Review

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.5 Styling 4.6 Value 4.7

Editor's Overview

The Q5’s star shines even brighter in 2019, thanks to revised options packages and the appearance of MMI Navigation on the Premium Plus model. When considered against competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC or BMW X3, the Q5 stands out with its handsome style, excellent comfort and good overall performance, particularly the potent SQ5 model.

You'll Like The 2019 Audi Q5 If...

Looking for a compact-luxury SUV with excellent driving manners, standard all-wheel drive and loads of the latest technology? The 2019 Audi Q5 delivers, aided by automatic emergency braking. The SQ5 clicks all the same boxes, but at a much faster pace.

You May Not Like The 2019 Audi Q5 If...

You’re out of luck if you want a diesel or a hybrid Q5. Moreover, competitive compact-luxury SUVs such as the Acura RDX and Lexus NX start at much lower prices. While the potent Audi SQ5 is fun, it can come close to $70,000

What's New

The 2019 Audi Q5 gets heated front seats as new standard equipment, along with electric rear child door locks and a 7-inch-color driver display. What’s more, Premium Plus models gets MMI Navigation and rear USB ports, while a new black optic package endows the Q5 with titanium black exterior trim and 20-inch off-road wheels with a matte finish. The SQ5, available for the first time as a Premium model, includes S-model exterior elements and LED headlights.

Interior Features

Audi does interiors right, and the Q5’s is no exception. In this handsome 2-row/5-seat environment, Audi artfully blends contemporary design with the latest technology and premium amenities. It's attractive, and refreshingly devoid of too many buttons. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, standard on the Premium Plus model, turns the Q5’s instrument cluster into a customizable 12.3-inch digital display that can show everything from speed and mpg to dazzlingly real Google Maps. Rear legroom, at 37.8 inches, is better than expected, and cargo volume increases to over 60 cubic feet when the 40/20/40-split rear seat is folded. The heated front seats are comfortable over the long haul.

Exterior Features

The Q5 has the familiar Audi look, one characterized by a huge grille and nice details such as xenon headlights and standard LED running lights. Around back is a pair of exhaust outlets, along with a prominent Audi logo on the requisite power hatch. Standard roof rails remind us that the Q5 is an SUV, one that rolls on 18- (standard), 19- or 20-inch wheels. Ground clearance is 8.2 inches, respectable for a car-like SUV. The SQ5 is distinguished by its unique grille, roof spoiler and headlights.

Driving Impressions

On twisty mountain roads, the 2019 Q5 feels more like a sports sedan than a crossover SUV. But that doesn’t mean it sacrifices comfort around town or on the highway, where we appreciate the quiet, well-controlled ride. Although most owners won’t get their Q5 dirty, this compact all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV is competent on dirt trails. The Q5's 252-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are a good pairing, propelling this compact-luxury sport ute to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The SQ5, with 102 extra horsepower and sharper reflexes, adds tremendously to the sporting quotient while still maintaining a high degree of overall comfort.

Pricing Notes

The 2019 Audi Q5 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just below $44,000, a price that includes a $995 destination charge. The Premium Plus model starts at nearly $51,000, while the Q5 Prestige is close to $55,000. Fully loaded, a 2019 Q5 luxury-crossover SUV can kiss the $58,000 mark. The higher-performance SQ5 starts at about $53,500, a price that increases to about $59,000 for the Premium Plus and to just over $63,000 for the Prestige version. The SQ5 touches $70,000 when loaded with options. While the Q5 and SQ5 start slightly higher than the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the gap narrows when you select all-wheel drive on those models. The starting price of the new AWD Jaguar F-Pace is close to that of the Q5, while the Acura RDX, Cadillac XT5 and Infiniti QX50 start lower. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Audi Q5. We expect the Q5's resale value to remain strong.

Notable Equipment

For 2019 the Audi Q5 arrives in three levels of trim: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Premium is nicely equipped, even for a luxury-crossover SUV, with standard features such as a leather interior, heated front seats and tri-zone climate control, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Premium Plus includes MMI Navigation and rear USB ports, while the opulent Prestige also boasts S-level exterior enhancements. Additionally, all Q5s are equipped with what Audi calls “Pre Sense Basic.” If this system determines that a frontal impact is imminent, it will close the side windows and sunroof, snug the seatbelts and preload the brakes for quicker response. Park Assist is now standard on the Prestige, as is a head-up display.

Notable Options

The available S Sport Package equips the 2019 Q5 with adaptive air suspension, which allows the driver, via Audi Drive Select, to raise or lower the Q5 chassis. The Sport Package also includes a Quattro Sport rear differential that helps the Q5 take corners by selectively splitting the torque between the rear wheels to minimize understeer. In other news, an updated Convenience package now includes Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear.

Favorite Features

AUDI DRIVE SELECT

Standard equipment on all 2019 Q5s, Audi Drive Select lets the driver choose among five different modes: Comfort, Automatic, Dynamic, Offroad and Individual. The throttle and suspension, along with the transmission and steering, are tailored for each setting.

AUDI VIRTUAL COCKPIT

With its 12.3-inch-color display and stunning Google Earth navigational images, the Audi Virtual Cockpit, now available in the Q5, is nothing short of a visual feast.

Under the Hood

The Q5’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine comes standard with a 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission that routes power to all four wheels via standard quattro all-wheel drive. The sophisticated system enhances fuel efficiency by powering the front wheels most of the time, and will shift as much as 100 percent of the power rearward as needed. You won’t notice it working, but you will feel the added security, especially in slippery conditions. The SQ5, with its turbocharged V6, packs 102 more horsepower than a standard Q5; its transmission is a Tiptronic 8-speed automatic.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

252 horsepower @ 5,000-6,000 rpm

273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/27 mpg

3.0-liter turbocharged V6

354 horsepower @ 5,400-6,400 rpm

369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,370-4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg

Editors' Notes

The Q5 was Audi USA’s best-selling model in 2018, the model year in which this compact SUV was upgraded with added power, better efficiency and improved looks. Because this compact-luxury SUV is still so new, little has changed with the 2019 Audi Q5, apart from some enhanced package and trim options. As before, there’s still a higher-performance Q5 called the SQ5, powered by a turbocharged V6 and fitted with tauter suspension for better handling. Q5 competitors include the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC. The Q5 and SQ5 stand out in this fiercely fought segment, helped by their laudable comfort and capability, plus its fine sense of style and lengthy list of standard safety features.

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Lane Assist Gives False Alarms

2019 Audi Q5 Prestige

on straight roads, Active Lane Assist will give false alerts saying to put hands on the wheel, even though you are driving with both hands on the wheel in the middle of the lane. I like the feature, but the implementation is so annoying that I have to turn it off. Could happen every few minutes.Very dissappointed in Audi who says the car is operating to specifications and there is nothing they can do. Buy another car if this safety feature is important to you.

- Mikey

Audi Q5

2019 Audi Q5

Easy to drive. Comfortable. What i dont like is that you can't use the garage remote contol unless the vehile is turned on. So you have to start the car first then open or close the garage door. The cup holders in the back seat will only hold a size of a bottle of water. My kids cant put there school thermos sippy cups. They fit in front seat. Navigation will not let me put the name of the person or place I what to store. Only the address and city.

- Barbara

Rides quiet and drives smooth.

2019 Audi Q5 Premium

It is very comfortable and rides nice. Very quiet. I am still learning all the buttons and bells and whistles it has. I do not care for the part where it stops when you are at a stop light though. I feel safe in this car. It is the perfect size SUV. We like the white color and the leather seats.

- debbie D

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