We have never doubted that Audi can deliver luxury SUV and with many great models they have proven that they really do know what they are doing. One of the latest models that will arrive to the U.S. market recently is the 2015 Audi Q5 that offers great combination of luxury, performances and powerful engines.
Since this is one of the luxury models on the market we will start with the interior. In this segment new model has a lot to offer. Leather is standard on all trims while there is a great number of features that will attract even those that are used to the highest level of luxury.
There is enough room in the cabin for 5 people and their cargo and in case that you need additional cargo space those rear seats can be folded in 40/20/40 layout. Things like three zone climate control, 10 speakers plus AM/FM/CD player and 18 inch alloy wheels are standard but for those that chose higher trim level this model will come with memory settings for driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, heated front seats, auto dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitor and much more.
2015 Audi Q5 Review
On the outside we are getting one quite refined and elegant vehicle. Large grille and aggressive headlight certainly emphasize its road presence. Even it comes as a SUV there are at least few drivers that will not be quite satisfied unit it is properly equipped with all-wheel drive. This system will allow it much safer drive on snowy roads and similar surfaces where lower traction is available. Its elegance and refinement is further improved with great five spoke alloy wheels, twin tailpipes and trapezoidal grille.
On the powertrain segment we have quite great choice of engines. Base model comes with a powerful 2.0 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged gasoline unit that delivers 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Those that need more power can opt for the 3.0 liter turbocharged version with 272 hp or the unit that is offered in SQ5 models with 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. On the diesel front there is well known TDI engine of 3.0 liter capacity that produces 240 hp and impressive 428 lb-ft of torque that will allow it great performances but still be quite efficient.
Even this is a pretty big vehicle it is possible to remain in the efficiency range which means that the base model offers 20/28 mpg and more powerful version returns 18/26 mpg. Diesel model is slightly better with 24/31 mpg. While those that want hybrid will be able to choose combination of four cylinder gasoline unit with electric motor, total power of this system is rated to 245 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque with fuel economy set to 24/30 mpg. Every of these 2015 Audi Q5 are offered with eight speed automatic transmission while it is possible to choose optional manual shift.
Release Date Of 2015 Audi Q5
Things that could significantly influence on the success of Q5 are its price and heavy competition. Base version comes with a price tag of about $ 38,500 while the SQ5 is offered at $ 53,000 and TDI for $48,000. Depending on the level of equipment price can go up to $60,000 making this model quite expensive. Main competitors are Acura RDX, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Edge so it will be interesting to see the results when the Q5 arrives to the market and that is expected to happen during the fall of this year.