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2012 Audi Q5

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2012 Audi Q5

Audi Q5 highlights

Customer reviews

3.8 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

3.5 out of 5


  • Interior fit and finish is beautiful
  • Good EPA fuel economy estimates


  • The trunk isn't particularly roomy
  • V6 is not as quick or efficient as the base engine

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 22 combined

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2012 Audi Q5 is a strong choice for a luxury compact SUV

Audi capitalized on the huge demand for compact SUVs with the 2009 debut of the Q5. For the 2012 model year, Audi's classy premium SUV faces a pack of rivals including the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60.

The Audi Q5 makes a very convincing case for itself among the crowd. Audi's signature high-quality interior is evident, as are a stylish design, efficient and powerful engines, and refinement. It's available in four trim levels—2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.2 Premium Plus, and 3.2 Prestige—and the numbers relate to either a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 270-hp 3.2-liter V6. All-wheel drive comes standard. The Q5 doesn't provide quite the fun drive of higher performing rivals, but it's such a competent all-rounder it's difficult to really criticize it for that. Its only real shortcomings are relatively limited trunk space and its costly options, many via packages such as the appealing S line and Luxury packages.

All Audi Q5 years

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

5 Stars5
4 Stars2
3 Stars0
2 Stars2
1 Star1

RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the Audi Q5 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi Q5 16th out of 25 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.
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**RepairPal 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. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. 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 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Audi Q5 details

Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Drive type





211 @ 4300


258 @ 1500

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

660/4400 lbs.

* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.