The 2017 Audi Q5 is fun-to-drive, stylish and luxurious and is offered in a dizzying amount of powertrains. And even despite its age, the Q5 seems to be aging gracefully with its list of appealing features such as top-notch interior craftsmanship, sporty handling, a refined driving character, TDI and hybrid’s impressive fuel economy, amazing acceleration, and solid performance figures. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017.
There is no denying that crossover demand has shot through the roof everywhere in the world, even here in the U.S where sedans have been overtaken by the high-riding vehicles. Audi, just like other automakers, is racing to launch new SUVs in the market, and it is doing so with its Q lineup (Q2, Q6, and Q8).
Additionally, the Q5 remains a standout in its category owing to its high-quality construction, specious seating, and timeless exterior styling. It might actually be tempting to conclude that the Audi Q5 2017 hasn’t aged a day.
In reality, though, the Audi Q5 2017 is actually an aging star, and the automaker can’t completely hide the fact that it has gotten beaten up in years. Some of the results of these are a firm ride, lack of current safety technologies, no USB connectivity, and the control layout is rather compromised. Safety technologies, for instance, are dated and the Q5 lacks technologies such as automatic braking, surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control and Forward collision and mitigation.
But even so, the new 2017 Audi Q5 may have been around for quite some time, but it still got a lot left in the tank. Rivals you could check out include the Porsche Macan, 2017 Acura RDX, and the BMW X3 for 2017.
Trim Options – 2017 Audi Q5
The new five-passenger Audi Q5 2017 is offered in a whopping seven trims ranging from the sprightly equipped 2.0T Premium to the fully-loaded 2.0T Hybrid Prestige, and 3.0 TDI Prestige, 3.0 TDI Premium Plus, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, and the 3.0 TDI Prestige in between.
2017 Audi Q5 Exterior Photos & Interior Review
Standard accessories offered for the base 2017 Audi Q5 model include a power liftgate, 18” wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic and tilt leather wrapped steering wheel, xenon headlights, MMI interface, a leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, satellite and HD radio, 40/20/40-split foldable rear reclining and sliding seats, eight-way power front seats, LED taillights and running lights, a 10-speaker premium audio speaker, and a CD player.
Opting for the Q5 2.0T Premium Plus trim model gets you a rearview auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry and ignition, trunk-edge trim, aluminum door sills, heated front seats, power-folding and auto-diming exterior mirrors, and driver memory settings.
The Q5 3.0T Prestige tacks on a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi connect online services, rear door sunshades, a heated and cooled cupholders, a navigation system, a rearview camera, a trip computer, mobile Wi-Fi capability, and console mounted dash controls.
The Q5 3.0T TDI Premium Plus upgrades with S line headlight washers and exterior trim, full leather upholstery, four-zone automatic climate control, 360-degree rearview camera, unique 19” wheels, and an upgraded sound system.
Finally, the Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige comes with hybrid specific instrumentation and badging, different 19” wheels, distinct exterior colors, and all the accessories offered on the base model. More details should be expected on its release date.
2017 Audi Q5 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is the all-wheel drive in all 2017 Audi Q5 models.
Both the 2.0T Premium and its Plus sibling come fitted with a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine rated at 258 lbs. ft. of torque and 220 hp. Fuel consumption is rated at 28/20/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined, while 0-60 mph acceleration is estimated to take about 6.7 seconds.
The Q5 3.0T trim models get a 272- horsepower- and 295 pounds-ft. of torque – generating 3.0L supercharged V6 engine. This mill is also offered with an automatic stop-start system that saves fuel by shutting off the engine every time the vehicle comes to a halt.
Opting for the Q5 3.0 TDI offers a 240-hp- and 428 pounds-ft. of torque – generating turbocharged 3.0L diesel V6 engine. Here the fuel economy ratings stand at 31/24/27 mpg.
Finally, the Q5 Hybrid mates the base engine with a 54-hp electric motor and a battery pack for a total output capped at 350 pounds-ft. of torque and 245 horsepower.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.5 in. (110.5 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 2.6 in. (182.6 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.7 in. (74.7 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 29.1 cu.ft
Maximum cargo capacity: 57.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4475 lbs
Top Speed: 128 mph
0-60: 5,8 sec
MPG: 24/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Lava Gray Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 4400 lbs
2017 Audi Q5 Price Estimate & Release Date
It is expected the new 2017 Audi Q5 will go for sale sometime in the middle of next year. How much will it go for sale for? Rumors allege the Q5 Diesel will offer an MSRP starting from $48,100, $52,500 for the Q5 Hybrid, and $40,900 for the Q5 SUV.