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Audi Q5 FAQs


PUBLISHED MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021
Audi Q5 FAQs: Hero | CarMax

Find out more about this luxury SUV.

Is it time to indulge in a luxury vehicle? If you're looking for a capable crossover SUV that can accommodate up to five passengers, then a used Audi Q5 may be just what you need. With niceties like standard leather seats and a turbocharged engine on the 2021 model, this SUV will have you riding in comfort and style.

Got questions about this popular luxury SUV? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the Audi Q5 and answered them for you below.

Audi Q5 FAQs

Q: Is the Audi Q5 expensive to maintain?

A: Based on RepairPal data, the average annual repair costs for an Audi Q5 is $699, which is a bit higher than the average annual repair costs of $565 for luxury midsize SUVs.1

Q: Is Audi Q5 a reliable car?

A: According to RepairPal's reliability ratings, the Audi Q5 receives a 3.5 out of 5 stars (above average).1

Q: Which Audi Q5 should I buy?

A: The Audi Q5 that's right for you will depend on many factors, including your budget and desired features. If you’re looking for an Audi Q5 with more standard tech features and conveniences, a newer model year may be best for you. However, if you’re looking for lower prices, an earlier model year may suit you best.

Q: How much should I pay for an Audi Q5?

A: If you're looking for a more affordable Q5, you may want to look at used first-generation (2013-2017 models). The average CarMax price for a 2016 Audi Q5, for example, is just $24,510.2

Meanwhile, second-generation (2018-2022) models tend to be equipped with more features but may also come with a higher price tag. A used 2020 Audi Q5, for example, sells on CarMax for an average of $40,220.2

Q: What are the different models of Audi Q5?

A: Depending on the exact model year you're looking at, the Q5 is available in several trim configurations. Across most model years, the Q5 is offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. These trims vary in terms of standard equipment and available package add-ons. On some model years, such as the 2020 Q5, each trim is also offered with two different engine options (a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder or a plug-in hybrid version of the same engine).

Q: Why was the Audi Q5 discontinued?

A: The Audi Q5 has not been discontinued in the North American market, with details about the 2023 model already beginning to emerge as of November 2021. The Q5 was temporarily discontinued in India during the 2020 model year but is being reintroduced to the market in 2021.

Q: What cars are similar to Audi Q5?

A: There are several luxury midsize SUVs that are like the Audi Q5. Some examples include:

Q: Is the Audi Q5 a good used car to buy?

A: Buying a used Audi Q5 is a great way to get the indulgent features you want in a luxury vehicle. By purchasing a 2020 Q5 used, for example, you can enjoy such standard features as leather upholstery, smartphone integration, and four-zone climate control.

Q: Are Audi Q5 seats comfortable?

A: The Audi Q5's standard leather seats are reported to be quite comfortable, even on longer road trips. On warmer days, the Q5's leather upholstery is even more comfortable if you have a used model that's equipped with ventilated seats. Regardless, the front and rear seats on this model offer plenty of comfortable support for drivers and passengers alike.

Q: Does Audi Q5 need premium gas?

A: Yes, the Audi Q5 requires premium gas on all models with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Q: Is Audi Q5 too small?

A: While the Audi Q5 may be on the smaller side in its class of midsize SUVs, it still offers ample seating for five passengers, plus 25.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all its seats intact. Whether or not this is too small will depend on your specific seating and storage needs.

Q: Is the VW Tiguan the same as the Audi Q5?

A: While the VW Tiguan and Audi Q5 do have some similarities, they are still very different vehicles. One difference between the 2021 Q5 and the 2021 Tiguan, for instance, is that the Tiguan offers an optional third row of seating. Both models come standard with a turbocharged engine and are available with all-wheel drive.

Feature-wise, both the 2021 Tiguan and Q5 are well-appointed. However, the Q5 comes with a much larger standard 10.1-inch touchscreen display (compared to 6.5 inches on the Tiguan). The Q5 also offers more luxurious standard equipment, such as leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Q: Is the BMW X5 bigger than the Audi Q5?

A: Yes, the BMW X5 is a larger SUV than the Audi Q5, measuring about 10 inches longer and three inches wider on the 2021 model. The 2021 X5 also offers more cargo space at 33.9 cubic feet (compared to 25.8 cubic feet on the 2021 Q5).

Q: Are all Audi Q5s four-wheel drive?

A: Yes, the 2021 Audi Q5 comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive on every trim level.

Q: Is the Audi Q5 Quattro good in snow?

A: The Audi Q5's Quattro all-wheel-drive system is designed to deliver improved handling and traction in snowy and icy conditions.

Q: Is the Audi Q5 fast?

A: The 2021 Audi Q5's turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque; it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds.

Q: What is the difference between 2019 and 2020 Audi Q5?

A: For the 2020 model year, the Q5 was offered with a plug-in hybrid engine for the first time. Likewise, some features and availability were shuffled around for this model year.

Q: Does Audi Q5 have remote start?

A: No, the Audi Q5 is not equipped with remote start. However, the 2021 model does come with remote monitoring and some other remote features using a smartphone app.

Q: Does the 2020 Audi Q5 have a touchscreen?

A: Yes, the 2020 Q5 comes standard with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with 1920x720 resolution.

Q: What colors does the Audi Q5 come in?

A: Color options for the Audi Q5 will vary from one model year to the next. However, the 2021 Q5 is available in the following exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Black

  • Ibis White

  • Florett Silver Metallic

  • Glacier White Metallic

  • Manhattan Gray Metallic

  • Mythos Black Metallic

  • Navarra Blue Metallic

  • District Green Metallic

  • Ultra Blue Metallic

  • Daytona Gray Pearl

Q: When did Audi last change the Q5?

A: While the Q5 has undergone small changes with each model year, the last year this SUV received a total redesign was in 2018.

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1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/09/2021. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
2Average estimates are based on prices on carmax.com from December 1, 2019, through May 1, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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Unless otherwise noted, information related to these featured vehicles comes from third-party sources, including manufacturer information. Product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third-party entities. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by these entities.