2014 Audi Q5 Review
Today we will be looking at the all-new 2014 Audi Q5 which is one heck of a SUV. The new Audi Q5 gets a mid-cycle refresh that comprises a host of cosmetic and mechanical updates. Although the new bumpers and lights are welcome, it’s the power-train changes that should mostly interest the luxury-crossover buyers. The 2014 Audi Q5 is one of the more car like crossovers, with elegant execution, smart high-tech features, and very good passenger space.
The previous 3.2-liter V-6 in the Q5 is now replaced with a 3.0T liter V6 engine, the ‘T’ of course stands for turbo-charged. The luxury car has 272 horsepower (hp) and 295 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is pretty decent as well with a 18 mpg with in city and 26 mpg on the highway. It can reach the speed of 60 mph within 6.5 seconds from a rest position. The 2014 Audi Q5 comes with three engine choices: a 2.0-liter turbo-four (211-hp, 258 lb-ft of torque), a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (272-hp, 295 lb-ft of torque), and a hybrid 2.0-liter turbo-four with a 44-hp electric motor to pump out 208-hp combined. The V6 diesel engine is the same power plant found in the European SQ5 TDI model, though we’ll be seeing a detuned variant since the European-spec engine has 313-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Updates in the 2014 Audi Q5 include a revised headlamp treatment, updated chassis, new electromechanical steering, as well as revised interior trim. Several new colors are offered this year including Scuba Blue, Arctic Silver (Hybrid only), and Cuvee Silver. An S-Line Package adds 20-inch wheels with summer tires, brushed aluminum inlays, sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, adaptive suspension, Audi Drive Select, and black headliner.
The driving position is high and commanding in the Q5, and the standard seats are exceptionally comfortable, with excellent support from all angles. Head and leg room are ample and the range of adjust-ability with the power front seats and telescoping/tilting wheel is wide enough for most drivers. Skip the panoramic sunroof if you want to spare taller passengers some head room, but it’s not as vital an issue as in, say, a Range Rover Evoque. Cabin materials are about the best they come in this class, with a rich, unified feel throughout and nice detailing. Furthermore, the Q5 has excellent build quality and a tight, refined feel overall–although road noise can be an issue and on four-cylinder models, you’ll hear the engine hit a coarse note or two when accelerating.
The Q5 is an suv that brings all the parameters into one cabin: performance, luxury and sportiness, you have all in one combination.