2013 Audi Q5

MSRP $35,900 - $51,400

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2013 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With smooth lines and a suave outlook, the 2013 Audi Q5 enters showrooms with new powertrain options and minor visual tweaks. The Audi Q5 has been one of the most successful models sold in Europe, and its US avatar is not that different. Its cabin gets a luxurious treatment in the form of leather-trimmed and heated seats, navigation, climate control, and with a long list of safety features, the Q5 is a typical German all-rounder.

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Pros

Subtle and classy exterior design

Punchy performance from the new supercharged V6 

Standard Quattro All-Wheel-Drive on all trims

Excellent braking prowess

Cons

Gets expensive quickly with added options

Sub-par cargo capacity

Complex infotainment controls

What's New?

New TDI Diesel V6 option

New supercharged V6 unit


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

multi-link front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

182.6 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

65.2 in.

curb weight

4079 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/28 mpg

highway range

554.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.0T Premium quattro$35,900 onwards

2.0T Premium Plus quattro$40,200 onwards

3.0T Prestige quattro$51,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Audi Q5 in Cuvee Silver Metallic color
Cuvee Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


There’s a new diesel Q5 TDI with a 3.0L turbo V6, and the naturally aspirated 3.0L V6 engine is replaced for a supercharged V6 that is good for 272 hp. The Q5’s car-like driving mannerism is one of its unique attributes while the increased ground clearance just adds to its off-road credibility. But is the 2013 Q5 a solid alternative in a competition that is filled with rugged vehicles like the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, and the 2013 BMW X3? Let’s find out.


7.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Audi Q5 Features

7.5/10

The 2013 Audi Q5 is available in four trims, namely, 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, and the 3.0T Prestige. The base 2.0T models come with the turbocharged inline-4 engine, and a host of safety features, with a starting MSRP price tag of $44,400. The 3.0T models get the upgraded 3.0L supercharged V6.

There’s also a new hybrid Q5 available that combines the turbo inline-4 to a 54-hp electric motor to produce a total power output of 245 hp. All Audi Q5 models get an 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive as part of its standard equipment. It shares the same chassis available in the Volkswagen Tiguan, but the Q5’s chassis gets more aluminum and high-strength steel compared to the VW. 

Trims

2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium Plus

3.0T Premium Plus

3.0T Prestige

MSRP

$35,900

$40,200

$43,900

$51,400

Key Features

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

Adding to 2.0T Premium Plus

18-inch wheels

 

Audi Drive Select

xenon headlights

More powerful 3.0L V6 engine

adaptive headlights

 

Automatic headlights and wipers

LED running lights

All features similar to the 2.0T Premium Plus trim

S line exterior accents

 

Heated mirrors

front and rear parking sensors

Start/stop engine system

ambient LED cabin lighting

 

Sunroof

rearview camera

Heated front seats

quad-zone climate control

 

Triple-zone automatic climate control

Audi's MMI electronics interface

ventilated front seats

 

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In its price range, all Q5 trims are fairly packed with features and a reliable powertrain. The 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium has all the necessary luxury features that one would expect from a German luxury car, and its price is pretty reasonable compared to its competitors. And if you’re searching for more performance, then the 3.0T Premium Plus model with the supercharged V6 is a better alternative than the top-of-the-line Prestige trim.

2013 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2013 Audi Q5’s base engine has been carried over, and the turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 retains the same torquey nature with the power output rated at 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque which helps carry its weight of nearly 4,100 lbs. The heavy SUV can reach 60 mph in just 7 seconds which is quite quick. 

The naturally aspirated V6 engine has been replaced with a supercharged V6 that produces 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque which enables the Q5 to go from 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel-drive, and the addition of paddle shift of controls also helps cut down on distraction while driving.

Model

2013 Audi Q5

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

2013 Range Rover Evoque

2013 BMW X3

MSRP

$35,900

$37,090

$41,145

$38,850

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

3.5L V6

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

All-Wheel drive

Rear-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

All-Wheel Drive

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

211 hp @ 4,300 RPM

302 hp @ 6500 RPM

240 hp @ 5500 RPM

240 hp @ 5000 RPM

Torque

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 RPM

273 ft-lbs. @ 3500 RPM

251 ft-lbs. @ 1750 RPM

260 ft-lbs. @ 1250 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.5

5.8

5

5.5

Quarter mile (seconds)

14.1

14.4

15

14.8

Top speed (MPH)

NA

130

135

130

With the base engine, the 2013 Audi Q5 is underpowered when seen in comparison but that doesn’t make the Q5 a slow vehicle in any way. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is the only vehicle in this competition that gets a V6 as standard, which also makes it the most powerful mid-size crossover SUV in this competition. The Range Rover Evoque and the BMW X3 share similar horsepower output but the latter makes more torque. While the former is the quickest to the 60mph mark in 5 seconds, it loses out to its rivals in the quarter-mile run. 

2013 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

With the inline-4 engine, the 2013 Audi Q5 gas mileage numbers are quite impressive. Also, with 19.8 gallons of fuel in its tank, combined with 20/28/23 MPG of fuel mileage in city/highway/combined, the 2013 Q5 ends up delivering the maximum driving range among the rivals here. These numbers may have improved, but with the supercharged V6, the Audi Q5 is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The 3.0T model with 18/26/21 MPG in city/highway/combined is more performance-oriented rather than being efficient.

Model

2013 Audi Q5

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

2013 Range Rover Evoque

2013 BMW X3

MPG (City)

20

19

20

21

MPG (Highway)

28

25

28

28

MPG (Combined)

23

21

23

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.8

17.4

18.5

17.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

396/554/455

331/435/365

370/518/425

372/496/424

The 2013 Range Rover Evoque trails the Q5 closely, with an 18.5 gal. the capacity fuel tank and has the second-highest driving range. The Mercedes-Benz GLK with its V6 engine has compromised mileage, compared to the BMW X3, which has the most fuel-efficient engine that averages 24 MPG but the smallest fuel tank at 17.7 gallons. The latter eats into its range but is still better than the Mercedes.

2013 Audi Q5 Interior

8.0/10

Keeping things minimal yet classy and elegant has always been Audi’s forte. The 2013 Audi Q5 interior is no exception in this case either. Trimmed with rich materials and an abundance of luxury undertone feel up the interior of the Q5. The seats are well-padded and comfortable with ample legroom and headroom in both front and second row. With the seats folded down, the Q5 opens up its standard cargo space from 29 cubic feet to 54 cubic feet of cargo space. 

Apart from that, all Q5 models get leather upholstery and walnut trim, power front seats, and if a $4,300 Premium Package is chosen then it can be upgraded to heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof. Higher trims get access to exclusive Milano leather treatment and with a leather instrument panel, stands out as a pretty posh vehicle.

Model

2013 Audi Q5

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

2013 Range Rover Evoque

2013 BMW X3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.7/41.0

NA/55.2/41.4

40.3/ NA/ NA

40.7/57.3/39.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/56.4/37.4

NA/55.4/35.1

39.7 /NA/ NA

39.1/56.036.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

29.1

23.3

20.3

27.6

The Audi Q5 clearly has the most capacity for cargo for it has 29.1 cubic feet of standard space behind the second row, with the seats upright. The Range Rover Evoque has the most intuitive interior design among the rivals here whereas the 2013 BMW X3 gets the most simplistic yet elegant one. The Mercedes-Benz GLK has a decent cabin design with an abundance of comfort features but its dashboard is quite button-heavy. That said, the Audi Q5 does have a pretty well-built cabin which is loaded with convenience and amenities, of which some highlighting ones are:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Rear seat entertainment
  • Reclining rear seats

How intuitive is the 2013 Audi Q5’s infotainment unit?

The 2013 Audi Q5 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that supports Multimedia Media Interface infamously known as MMI. There is an upmarket feel to this new infotainment system that is accompanied by a Bang and Olufsen sound system, 3D graphics, and a DVD player. There’s also Bluetooth available along with Navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View. Another interesting upgrade is the integration of the smartphone App with Audi music stream. This system connects with your iPod/iPhone and lets you stream music. To sum up, some of the salient infotainment features are:

  • HD Radio
  • Satellite radio
  • Premium sound system
  • Auxiliary Audio input
  • Bangs and Olufsen Sound system
  • Navigation

2013 Audi Q5 Exterior

7.0/10

Not going over the board has always been Audi’s formula when it comes to designing their vehicles. The Q5 retains that same charm and presence found in every Audi car. Just like the Audi A4 or Audi A5, the 2013 Audi Q5 exterior also receives some minor touch-ups at the front in the form of the reshaped grille, slimmer headlights, and a subtle car-like roofline. The 20-inch double spoked wheels add to Q5’s stature and give it a significant road presence. 

Model

2013 Audi Q5

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

2013 Range Rover Evoque

2013 BMW X3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4079

4079

3680

4112

Length (in.)

182.6

178.3

171.9

183.0

Width (in.)

82.2

NA

83.7

82.6

Height (in.)

65.2

66.9

64.4

65.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.9

7.9

8.4

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

110.5

108.5

104.8

110.6

Both the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK and the Audi Q5 weigh the same at 4079 lbs, but the latter is longer by 3.3 inches. The 2013 BMW X3 is the longest in this competition at 183 inches. But the Range Rover Evoque is the most off-road centric with 8.4 inches of ground clearance and a short wheelbase. That said, the Q5 is a looker and has a very eye-catchy exterior, of which some of the highlighting ones are: 

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Tow hitch
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Power liftgate

2013 Audi Q5 Safety

7.0/10

The 2013 Audi Q5 has not been tested by both the NHTSA and IIHS, however, Audi equips this compact SUV with some important safety features. This includes a stability control system, along with rear side airbags and all-wheel-drivetrain, as part of its standard equipment. However, the Q5’s safety list is rather short when it comes to driver-assistance features. That said, the Q5 gets a long list of safety features, of which some of them are: 

  • Auto-leveling headlights
  • Cornering lights
  • Child safety lock
  • Traction control
  • Blind-spot monitor

2013 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

The 2013 Audi Q5 is an all-rounder in its true sense. It's fun to drive and equally practical as well. It might not be as off-road friendly as the Range Rover Evoque but it gets most of the luxury and safety features that one tries to find in a modern car. The 2013 Audi Q5 is a proper package and if you can look past the humble exterior design then the Q5 will rightfully be worth it.

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