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2020 Audi Q5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 29, 2019


The Audi Q5 is one of the most important models for Audi globally and for the US market as well because it rakes in the highest volumes for the Ingoldstadt based Giant. After getting a generation change in 2018, the Audi Q5 is back in a refreshed avatar for the year 2020. Building on top of the already sufficient SUV, the 2020 Audi Q5 remains mostly unchanged other than the addition of some features like a bigger sized DIS, navigation, wireless charging compatibility and a lot more.

 

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Pros

Strong Performance from the Engine

Feature loaded Interiors

Standard AWD across the lineup

Agile Handling both On/Off Road

Superb noise insulation of the cabin

Cons

Lack of engine options

Slightly overpriced

What's New?

Upgraded instrument cluster and gauge cluster

Improved interiors

Reformed safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.6/63.3

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

183.6 in.

width

74.5 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4057 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Audi Q5 in Azores Green Metallic color  2020 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color  2020 Audi Q5 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2020 Audi Q5 in Glacier White Metallic color  2020 Audi Q5 in Ibis White color  2020 Audi Q5 in Manhattan Gray Metallic color  2020 Audi Q5 in Matador Red Metallic color  2020 Audi Q5 in Monsoon Gray Metallic color
Azores Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.3

Interior

7.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$42,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $42,950 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$49,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $49,950 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

 2020 Audi Q5 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$53,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $53,850 MSRP (22/24/27) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2020 Audi Q5 packs in a lot of innovative features like a superb MMI infotainment system, surround-vision camera, ambient lighting and a lot more. Ofcourse, you also get the amazing LED lamps that gave Audi its identity in the first place, further enhanced by the dynamic-swipe LED turn indicators which are also present on the exterior rear-view mirrors.

While the rivals offer a 2WD configuration, the Audi continues to sport the Quattro drivetrain as standard on the Q5 for 2020 as well. The 3 Variants on offer include Prestige, Prestige Plus and Premium and all of them come with the famed 2.0L TFSI motor that belts out 252hp and 273lbs-ft of torque. Prices range from $42,950 and goes over $53,850 for the 3 trims.

2020 Audi Q5 Front view
2020 Audi Q5 Front view
2020 Audi Q5 Rear view
2020 Audi Q5 Rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.9/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Audi Q5 Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Audi Q5 comes in just 3 trims and one engine configuration and a single option of drivetrain, namely Audi’s famed Quattro system. Prices start from $42,950 for the base Premium trim and goes over $53,850 for the top of the line Prestige trim.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

Price(AWD)

$42,950

$49,950

$53,850

Features

Quattro AWD System

Adds/Upgrades to “Premium”

Adds/Upgrades these to “Premium Plus”

 

Apple Car Play, Android Auto

Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation with MMI all-in-touch and Audi connect PRIME and PLUS

755W Bang and Olufsen Sound System with 3D Sound, 19 Speakers, 16 Channel Amplifier

 

18” 5 Spoke Alloys

19” 5 Spoke Alloys

Power Adjust Steering Column

 

Audi pre sense basic

Full LED Headlights

Top View Camera System and Park Assist System

 

Audi pre sense city

Panoramic Sunroof

Heads Up Display

 

Audi Connect Care

Audi Side Assist, Pre Sense with Rear Cross Traffic and Vehicle Exit Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam and Active Lane Assist

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The Prestige Trim justifies its high asking price with some luxurious and premium features like B&O audio, Power adjust steering column, HUD and more and hence, is the trim to choose. However, there are no changes in the power output of all three trims. So regardless of the trim you choose, the power specifications are not going to affect the driving experience. Anyway, its the features offered on the Prestige trim that enhance the quality of the time you spend inside your Q5. 

2020 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

8.3/10

On twisty mountain roads, the 2020 Q5 feels more like a sports sedan than a crossover SUV-KBB.com

The 2020 Audi Q5 comes powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged 4 cylinder motor that channels power to all the 4 Wheels with its Superb Quattro AWD system. We use the word Superb for the Quattro system because it balances power and performance just perfectly. As a default setting, the Quattro system powers the front wheels and when the terrain gets challenging or demanding, the system can channel almost the same amount of power to all 4 wheels equally or rearwards only.

2019 audi q5 engine bay

Audi says that the Quattro Ultra system can fully disconnect the rear axle for better efficiency or seamlessly transfer power to all 4 of them. Passengers in the Audi, won’t be able to see the transition in power and can help the Q5 maintain its composure even in snowy, rainy or other challenging terrains. Talking about the drivetrain, the Q5 comes equipped with a 7-speed DCT unit that shifts gears fluidly without any break in the power delivery - courtesy of dual-clutch. It ensures that power is always available on tap no matter what speeds you're doing.

Models

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$42,950

$41,995

$41,695

$40,195

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Transmission

7-speed DCT

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

252hp@5000rpm

248hp@5200rpm

241hp@5500rpm

250hp@5500rpm

Torque

273ft-lbs@1600rpm

258ft-lbs@1450rpm

273ft-lbs@1300rpm

258ft-lbs@1500rpm

Not just on the price front, the Q5 is also the most powerful of the lot here. Its power figures of 252 HP place it on the first position. Leaving the Bimmer and the Merc behind, the Volvo stacks up at second position just ahead of the Bavarian.

Acceleration

The 2020 Audi Q5 does the dash to 60mph from standstill in just 6.2 seconds, which is quite a feat to achieve. The slick-shifting DSG and the standard Quattro AWD together ensure a smooth and grippy launch from standstill and helps the Q5 reach the 60MPH mark in no time at all. Keep the accelerator floored and you'll clear the quarter-mile mark in just 14.5 seconds which places it amongst the fastest crossovers in this price bracket.

Models

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH

6.2

6.3

6.4

6.4

Quarter mile

14.5

15.2

14.8

14.9

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4057

4034

3891

4109

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

6.8

7.3

7.7

The Audi maintains its first place here with the fastest accelerating time of 14.5 seconds for a quarter-mile run. It also reaches the 60 MPH faster than anyone else here. However, in the case of the X3, it crosses 60MPH faster than the other two but loses to both of them till the quarter-mile mark and takes the last position. The XC60 and the GLC 300 accelerate to 60 MPH at the exact same time but the Volvo just inches ahead of the German as they reach the quarter-mile mark.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Audi Q5 has a well-tuned suspension setup that offers a stable and planted ride, no matter the terrain or the conditions around. It’s smooth sailing in the Q5 for most parts while the suspension does an excellent job of coping with tight bends and corners with utmost precision and confidence. What is impressive is that despite the chassis being tuned towards a stiffer setup than last year, the five-link front and rear suspension absorb anything that’s thrown in front of it.

2019 audi q5 drive mode selector

The Audi Q5 handles more like a low-set hatchback than a crossover. It doesn’t disappoint irrespective of whether you take it to mountain roads or deep into the jungle. The steering weighs up well at spirited speeds and the smart Quattro AWD ensures availability of loads of grip beneath the rubber at all times. The 5 Driving modes, namely Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Off-road and Individual alter the steering settings and suspension settings accordingly. If you're new behind the steering then you might not even notice the ESC intervening quite frequently. However, this phenomenon could get frustrating for enthusiasts. There is plenty of feedback from the steering and it maintains a healthy communication between the road and the driver.

Braking

The 2020 Audi Q5 brakes as well as quickly as it gathers pace. Courtesy of big brake rotors and a well-tuned ABS and ESC program, the Q5 comes to a dead halt from 60MPH in just 112ft.

2019 audi q5 blue brake rotor

What is furthermore impressive is the fact there is only little nose dive or loss of grip while panic braking. Also, the ESC ensures that the SUV’s tail and body maintain a linear path rather than leaving a wobbly trail of burnt rubber.

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

13

13.5

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13

12.6

12.6

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

114

115

114

Speaking of the competition, the Q5 might stay ahead in the game but the rivals aren’t far behind either. All the SUVs in this comparison are separated by just 1ft of distance from each other and that showcases the amount of importance given to braking performance by every manufacturer.

Towing Capacity

The average towing capacity in this class lies somewhere around 3,500 pounds. The Q5 can pull as much as 4,400 pounds and that’s more than its own curb weight.

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Towing Capacity

4400lbs

4400lbs

3500lbs

3500lbs

The BMW matches the Audi in terms of the Towing capacity while the Mercedes and the Volvo can tow a max of 3500lbs each.

2020 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

Audi has tuned the engine of the 2020 Q5 for both efficiency and performance. The same can be verified byt its MPG figures as well. The Audi uses some clever technologies like active disengagement of the drivetrain from AWD to FWD or vice versa via the Ultra Quattro system. This allows Audi to maintain a balance between both - efficiency and power, as and when needed. 

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (city)

22

23

22

22

MPG (highway)

27

30

27

29

MPG (combined)

24

26

24

24

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

407/500

396/516

383/470

414/545

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

17.2

17.4

18.8

The BMW X3 squeezes out the most from 1 Gallon of fuel while the other 3 showcase identical overall MPG figures. Where the Audi and the Volvo have the edge, is in the range as they manage to deliver a higher range, courtesy of their bigger fuel tanks.

2020 Audi Q5 Interior

7.9/10

The Q5 provides enough room for four adults to get comfy and offers plenty of upscale features, even on the base Premium model-CarandDriver.com

Ergonomics and Comfort

Comfort and luxury have been Audi’s forte for years and the Q5 is one of the finest examples of this notion. It sports an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with 4-way lumbar support. For taller drivers, there are manual thigh extensions to maximize comfort. You can even add wood trims on the dashboard and a sunroof for some extra zing to the interiors.

2019 audi q5 interior

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.7/57.7/41.0

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.5/37.8

39.1/36.4/56.0

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.0/56.3/38.0

2019 audi q5 rear seats

The rear seats get an extra 0.4 inches of legroom. While this is enough for most people, the taller passengers may face a problem when the front seats are slid all the way to the back. The back of the front seats is made of hard plastic, and although there are knee cutouts, it still might feel a bit cramped.

Infotainment

The Audi Q5, just like its other siblings, offers an infotainment system that is a cause of envy for the other manufacturers. Audi has revised its MMI interface for the Q5 and updated it for the 2020 Q5. The MMI still remains the most Easy to use and intuitive system in the class. All buttons have been remapped and perform more than one function hence reducing the amount of buttons in the system and making the interface, less clumsy and clattered. The following are some of the features that can be found in the 2020 Q5

2019 audi q5 infotainment mmi display

  • MMI Navigation Plus and All in Touch with Handwriting recognition technology
  • 755W 19 Speaker B&O audio system with 3D sound with 16 channel amplifier
  • 3” LCD Fully Digital Instrument Console
  • 3” MMI Center Infotainment Screen
  • Cruise Control with Coast, Resume and Accelerate feature
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility
  • HD/SiriusXM/INRIX XD Radio and Traffic system
  • SD Card slot with 64GB capacity
  • Heads Up Display with Navigation and Assistance System Info
  • Audi Pre Sense Basic and City
  • Home Link Garage Door opener
  • Bluetooth Connectivity and 2 USB ports
  • Audi advanced Key and Voice Control system

Interior Features

2019 audi q5 virtual cockpit

Like the Infotainment System, the Interiors of the 2020 Q5 comes loaded with a plethora of features in it. Some of those include

  • 3 Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather Covered Center Console and Door armrest
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Tilt and Telescopic adjust steering with Paddle Shifters
  • High Gloss Dark Brown Walnut Wood Inlays
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with Digital Compass
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • 8 Way heated and power front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjust and memory for driver
  • Sliding, Split Folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline
  • Leather-wrapped gear selector, center console and door armrest
  • One Touch Up/Down Power Windows

Cargo Capacity

The Audi Q5 doesn’t disappoint in terms of the Cargo Space on offer. It isn’t class-leading but it will accommodate most of what you would want to accommodate in it. The Q5 houses plenty of hooks and nets on the inside that makes it easy to store small packets while the rear seats can be flat folded to reveal a total of 53.1 cu. ft. of space.

2019 audi q5 cargo capacity

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

25.1

28.7

19.4

29.7

Competition wise, it’s the ultra-practical Volvo XC 6o that leads the comparison with 29.1 cubic feet of space while the BMW X3, comes in a close second. The Merc, on the other hand, offers the least space of them all and offers 19.4 cubic feet of space.

2020 Audi Q5 Exterior

This version is a little sharper on the corners, the nose is a little longer, and the grille is a little bigger, but it’s largely conservative-TheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

In the front, Q5 boasts a single frame grille with a protruding feel to it which reminds of the Q7. Almost all the sections feature some sort of character lines. From the side, the Q5 has a slant to the back, but it doesn’t impede headroom or cargo space. The side profile remains unchanged other than a few sharp creases along the length of the car. The rear of the Q5 is impressive, to say the least. The clamshell design of the tail lights adds to the cohesive design. In the bottom, you get two horizontal exhaust outlets on the silver rear diffuser.

2019 Audi Q3 Exterior

Model

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 sDrive30i

Mercedes Benz GLC 300

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Curb Weight (lbs.) 4080 lbs 5137 3947 4189

Length(in)

183.6

185.9

183.3

184.6

Width(in)

74.5

74.4

74.4

78.7

Height(in)

65.3

66.0

64.5

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

8.0

5.0

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

112.8

113.1

112.8

2019 Audi Q3 side view

Dimension wise, the Q5 isn’t the longest, widest or the tallest in the segment but is identical to the others in the segment. The wheelbase of the new Q5 is small and the relatively small dimensions, give the Q5 an advantage in maneuverability in city traffic or tight parking spaces. The massive 8.2” of ground clearance adds to the off road credentials of the Audi and makes the underbody, less prone from getting hit by speed humps.

Exterior Features

The Audi Q5 has been the leader in terms of innovations on offer and the exterior features on the 2020 Q5 are a living testimony to the same. Following are some of the features of the exteriors of the 2020 Q5

  • 20” Alloy wheels
  • Full LED Automatic Headlights with Dynamic Range Adjustment
  • LED Taillights with Dynamic Turn Signals
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • Powered ORVM with Auto Dimming, Power folding, Heating Functions and Integrated LED Turn Indicators
  • Power Tailgate
  • Aluminum Roof Rails
  • Aluminum Trim around exterior side windows

2020 Audi Q5 Safety

Audi doesn’t skip on the safety of its car and the 2020 Q5 is no exception. The 2020 Audi Q5 packs in a lot of safety features as standard and Audi takes it a step forward with the advanced driver aids on offer. Some of the few safety features include

2019 audi q5 crash test

  • Front dual stage, seat mounted thorax airbags
  • Sideguard Head Curtain Airbags
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • ESC with off road mode, secondary collision brake assist and Traction control
  • Anti-Theft Alarm with motion sensors and vehicle immobilizer
  • TPMS with Electronic Parking Brake
  • LATCH in rear seats with Integrated Child Door locks in rear doors
  • Hill Descent Control

2019 Audi Q3 crash test

2020 Audi Q5 Competition

Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

Picking between the Q5 and the X3 is troublesome. They are similarly valued, convey a satisfying driving background and offer a far reaching set of highlights. If you want a feature loaded cabin without paying a lot, the BMW will be the best. In case you're after a more pleasant inside and an additionally engaging infotainment framework, the Audi Q5 could be your SUV of decision

Audi Q5 vs Mercedes Benz GLC

The Q5 and the GLC are the best from their respective brands in terms of midsize SUV’s. But on paper, it’s the Q5 that clean sweeps the GLC in every parameter. The Q5 delivers better mileage, performance, towing capacity and Interior space. The GLC on the other hand offers a more luxurious interior and should be your choice, if you prefer to be chauffeur driven.

Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC 60

There is no separating the performance of both the Q5 and the Volvo as they both rake in the best figures in terms of the same. The Audi is slightly off pace in terms of the braking performance and lacks the number of features on offer when compared variant to variant. In term of outright handling and build quality however, it’s the Audi that has a clear edge over the Volvo, by being a better car to be driven and driving in.

2019 Audi Q3 Competition

2020 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

With its new and powerful 4 cylinder motor, luxurious and feature-rich interiors and striking looking exteriors, the Audi Q5 has everything you would want from an SUV of this class. It’s loaded with features that exude comfort, luxury, safety, and connectivity. And with features like the virtual cockpit, Audi has ensured that you don’t take your eyes off the windshield and what’s in front of you. In totality, The Audi Q5 is a luxurious, spacious, and fuel-efficient SUV that offers a lot of VFM at the price it’s being offered at. Sure the rivals exceed in one or the other thing but none match the complete package that the Q5 so proudly displays.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Q5 have automatic climate control?

Yes, the Q5 houses a 3-zone automatic climate control system. 

Does the Audi Q5 have a sunroof? 

Yes, the Q5 has a sunroof. 

Does the extra horsepower make the Q5 a better car than the Q3?

The Q5 and the Q3 both have similar engines, however, the extra horsepower can push the Q5 from 0-60 MPH in 6.2, whereas the Q3 takes 6.5 seconds to accomplish a similar feat.