Changes for the 2014 Audi Q5:
Audi adds a new Q5 TDI model equipped with a turbo-diesel engine, while the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine’s horsepower rating rises to 220. Bluetooth connectivity is now standard for the Premium model, while the Premium Plus model adds Audi Advanced Key. A new S-Line Plus Package is available for the Q5 3.0T and Q5 TDI, and a performance-tuned Audi SQ5 debuts. The SQ5 is discussed in a separate vehicle summary.
Four versions of the Audi Q5 are on sale in 2014: the Q5 2.0T, which can be had with the Premium and Premium Plus trim packages; the Q5 3.0T and the Q5 TDI, which are offered with Premium Plus and Prestige trim; and the Q5 Hybrid, which can only be had with Prestige trim.
Upgrading to the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus model adds heated front seats, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, Audi Advanced Key, and Xenon Plus headlights with LED running lights. Stepping up the 3.0T or the TDI with Premium Plus trim also includes an S-Line exterior treatment plus headlamp washers.
Choose Prestige trim and the Q5 3.0T, Q5 TDI, and Q5 Hybrid are equipped with adaptive headlights, Audi MMI Navigation Plus with Audi Connect services, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio, blind spot monitoring, and a reversing camera with parking sensors.
Each version of the Q5 may be upgraded with various extras, while a Comfort Package and a Driver Assist Package are offered exclusively for the Prestige models.
Engines and Transmissions:
The Q5 2.0T is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 220 horsepower and plenty of torque. The Q5 3.0T includes a 272-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. New for 2014, the Q5 TDI Clean Diesel features a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 capable of whipping up 240 horsepower and a wallop of torque, producing acceleration to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Buyers looking to maximize fuel economy should check out the Q5 Hybrid. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, an electric assist motor, and a lithium-ion battery, this hybrid makes a total of 245 horsepower and can get the Q5 Hybrid from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA states that the 2014 Audi Q5 2.0T gets 23 mpg in combined driving, while the Q5 3.0T returns 21 mpg. The new Q5 TDI should go 27 miles on every gallon of gas, and the Q5 Hybrid is rated to provide 26 mpg in combined driving.
As this summary is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t performed crash tests on the Audi Q5. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Q5 a “Good” rating in moderate overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength assessments.
The 2014 Q5 Prestige models can be optioned with a Driver Assist Package including adaptive cruise control, Audi Drive Select, and Dynamic Steering. Audi Drive Select allows the driver to configure the vehicle to Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, or Individual settings.