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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 15th out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Audi Q5
Includes power-adjustable front seats, 6.5" infotainment system, 10-speaker audio system, and keyless entry.
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.
Combines the features of the Prestige trim with a hybrid engine.
The 2016 Audi Q5 is spacious, has luxurious interiors, standard AWD, handles nimbly, and offers two powerful engine options. 2016 also introduced the panoramic sunroof as a standard feature for the Audi Q5 and updated the aesthetics of the car to make it even better looking.
The Audi Q5 is an attractive compact SUV with plenty of cargo space and standard all-wheel drive, making it an ideal choice for anyone needing a nimble, powerful car for road trips and staycations, carpooling with the kids, and driving on varying terrains. The 2016–2020 generation updated the aesthetics to create a timeless, luxurious look inside and out.
The Audi Q5 has an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5, which RepairPal® describes as above average. RepairPal reliability data is based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. Many factors can affect the reliability of an Audi A6, including its driving history, maintenance records, and mileage.
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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.
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.
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.