2016 Audi Q5 review

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Audi Q5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Understated classiness across entire range
  • Good range of models, without any real weak choices


  • Infotainment and connectivity aren't as polished as newer rivals' equipment
  • Not as fun to drive as a Porsche Macan or BMW X3

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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2016 Audi Q5 is a solid pick for a luxury compact SUV

Audi has cornered the marketplace on timeless appeal, which explains why the Q5 continues to sell so strongly against much newer rivals. Get in it and it's easy to understand why. Even though the 2016 Audi Q5 is in its twilight years, its interior fit and finish still stands up to scrutiny against the very best of its rivals. It is showing its age, notably in the functionality of the infotainment system and lack of things like USB ports.

Trim levels remain much the same, and with tweaking of equipment levels, you don’t feel shortchanged by the standard offerings in the base Premium trim. As always, there are option packages to add luxury touches and connectivity to meet your needs. The engine choices remain impressive, too, with the 2.0T, 3.0T, and Hybrid models all sitting under the range-topping SQ5 high-performance model. The TDI diesel was quietly dropped following issues with its emissions ratings. All-wheel drive comes standard on all trims. A fine all-arounder, the 2016 Q5 might be advancing in years, but it's doing so very nicely indeed.

All Audi Q5 years

What is new for the 2016 Audi Q5?

  • The Premium trim now comes with Sunroof(s) and Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment.

2016 Audi Q5 trims

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  • Includes power-adjustable front seats, 6.5" infotainment system, 10-speaker audio system, and keyless entry.

Premium Plus

  • Includes heated front seats, push-button start, and driver's seat memory settings. Premium Plus is available with 2.0L four-cylinder engine or 3.0L V6 engine.


  • Comes with a V6 engine as standard and includes ventilated seats, 14-speaker audio system, back-up camera, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Prestige Hybrid

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Audi Q5

1. Nimble handling

2016 Audi Q5 Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2016 Audi Q5 is particularly agile. Its precision steering is able to handle corners with ease and the engine options make for a spirited drive. The base trim has a sturdy 2.0L, 220-hp four-cylinder engine at its disposal, giving it plenty of grunt. The optional 3.0L supercharged V6 engine combines that agility with even more power (354 hp). Both versions come with AWD as standard, meaning you can put your mind at ease on rough terrain.

2. Panoramic sunroof

2016 Audi Q5 Review: Panoramic Sunroof | CarMax

Previously an optional add-on, a panoramic sunroof became standard on the Audi Q5 in 2016. Panoramic sunroofs are larger than the average sunroof and add lots of light to the inside of your vehicle, which can make all the difference during long drives in the countryside.

3. Good looks

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Quite simply, the 2016 Audi Q5 is a very handsome compact SUV. The clean lines of the exterior are reflected inside, and the vehicle comes with leather seats as standard. The luxury materials continue throughout the cabin, with an elegant design and comfortable, highly adjustable seating—including reclining rear seats.

4. Road trip ready

2016 Audi Q5 Review: Cargo | CarMax

The 2016 Audi Q5 is an ideal candidate for road trips or weekends away, thanks to its 57.3 cu ft (with the rear seats folded) of cargo space, comfortable seating, and AWD. To keep you entertained on long journeys, there's also a 10-speaker audio system and a 6.5-inch infotainment system. Throw your luggage, your sports kit, or your golf clubs in the back and be on your way.

5. Standard all-wheel drive

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Every version of the 2016 Audi Q5 comes with Quattro® AWD as standard. The ability to send power to all four wheels gives this vehicle an edge when it comes to driving on rough terrain, as it provides more traction when and where it's needed. This means you can easily go from the highway to country roads without worrying whether your Q5 can handle it.

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The BMW X3 features sharp, responsive handling and plenty of space, with a generous 62.7 cu ft of cargo room with the rear seats folded for 2017–2021 models. Lively and good-looking, it also comes with AWD as standard. This compact SUV was fully redesigned for 2018, with the standard engine power boosted to 248 hp.

2019 introduced a rear-wheel drive model and an increased roster of driver aids, including lane departure warning, surround-view parking camera system, and parallel parking assist. A plug-in hybrid of the BMW X3 was introduced in 2020.

These features come as standard on BMW X3 2017–2021 models:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

  • Rain sensing wipers

  • Keyless entry

  • Memory seats

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 Audi Q5 has great gas mileage and drives very quick and smooth. They especially like the design accents on certain trims, like a panoramic sunroof.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi Q5 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi Q5 19th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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Audi Q5 features and specs

Premium Plus 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 39"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.



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More about the 2016 Audi Q5

2016 Audi Q5 Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Brilliant Black

  • Cuvée Silver Metallic

  • Daytona Gray Pearl

  • Florett Silver Metallic

  • Glacier White Metallic

  • Ibis White

  • Lava Gray Pearl

  • Monsoon Gray Metallic

  • Moonlight Blue Metallic

  • Mythos Black Metallic

  • Sepang Blue Pearl

  • Scuba Blue Metallic

  • Utopia Blue Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Aluminum Satellite

  • Dark Brown Walnut Wood

  • Fine Grain Ash Natural Brown Wood

  • Piano Black

Interior details

The interior of the 2016 Audi Q5 comes with leather seats as standard, with the Prestige trim boasting a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are four interior color options which feel upscale and luxurious. The front seats have a generous 39.4 inches of headroom, with 41 inches of legroom. Almost as impressive is the space in the rear seats—39 inches of headroom, with 37.4 inches of legroom. All seats recline and slide forward and back. Plus, there's plenty of cargo space, with 29.1 cu ft behind the rear seats, and 57.3 cu ft with the rear seats folded.

Child seat details

The 2016 Audi Q5 offers seating for five and can fit up to three car seats in the rear. Each outboard rear seat includes a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the middle rear seat has an upper tether.


The 2016 Audi Q5 is nimble yet powerful, small enough to be agile enough for city driving while the base trim engine gives it a hefty 220 hp. The Prestige Hybrid engine creates 245 hp, and if you get your hands on one of the 3.0L models, you've got 354 hp at your fingertips.

All trims are AWD with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard 2.0L version of the 2016 Audi Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.

The hybrid version gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined, and the 3.0L V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.


According to EPA estimates, the 2016 Audi Q5's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 395 grams per mile for the standard 2.0L engine, 337 grams per mile for the hybrid 2.0L engine, and 429 grams for the 3.0L engine.

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