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New Car Review: 2014 Audi Q5 on Everyman Driver

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2014 Audi Q5 on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson

The 2014 Audi Q5 is a very stylish and sporty luxury crossover with seating for five. A few of the big picture advantages of the Q5 include top-notch interior craftsmanship, class-leading fuel economy, strong supercharged V6, superb brake performance, roomy backseat and sporty handling. Some of the not-so-good aspects include a below-average cargo capacity, unintuitive control layout without navigation and an artificial steering feel.

Brand new to the Q5 model line in 2014 is the high-performance Audi SQ5, the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model. The supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI® direct-injection V6 engine achieves 354-hp and 347 lb-ft of torque.

Also new for 2014, the highly-anticipated and fuel-efficient Q5 TDI clean diesel model achieves an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. At the same time, the Q5 TDI model, powered by the 3.0 TDI Turbocharged clean diesel V6 engine, generates an impressive 240-hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The Q5 TDI offers superior handling as well as the utility and practical solutions for recreation and everyday driving.

The Q5 hybrid, the first hybrid model from Audi, which utilizes lithium-ion batteries will continue to be available in 2014. Power is supplied by a 2.0 TFSI as well as an electric motor, generating a combined 245-hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The Q5 hybrid has an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

Featuring the award-winning 3.0T supercharged engine, the Audi Q5 delivers 272-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficient and powerful 2.0T engine will continue to be available as the entry to the Q5 model line, now with an increased horsepower of 220. All engines are mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and feature the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system.

The Q5 weighs between 4,000 and 4,400 pounds and has a towing capacity of 4,400 pounds. The fuel tank is 19.8 gallons and the recommended fuel type is premium and diesel.

Here’s how the Q5 scored on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor according to 2014 Crash Test Ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Front Moderate Overlap, Good. Side Impact, Good. Roof Strength, Good. Head Restraints & Seats, Good.

The base MSRP range on the 2014 Audi Q5 is $38,195 and $52,795. Audi offers a basic warranty of 4 years/50,000 miles.

Facts & Figures:
Length (in.) – 182
Width (in.) – 75
Height (in.) – 65
Wheelbase (in.) – 111
Cargo (cu ft) – 29.1, 57.3
Ground clearance (in.) – 7.9
Rivals – Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-class, Lexus RX

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