2017 Audi Q5: Elegance, Luxury, and Fuel Economy in One Handsome Package

Mar 13, 2017 08:40 AM EDT | BC Tabotabo

The 2017 Audi Q5 is based on the A4's MLB platform. It is now more comfortable and equipped with better handling. It is the same car that it was before just so much better.

Pros and Features. The new Q5 is one of the most popular compact luxury SUVs in the market. It has a great design, is comfortable to drive, and offers a lot more than meets the eye. Its impeccably crafted cabin and ample features deliver everything that one could expect from a compact luxury SUV and more!

The SUV has top-notch interior craftsmanship as well as a unique rear seat which provides extra versatility. According to Top Gear, it also has a refined driving character that makes it feel like a very expensive car. It also has understated styling that doesn't make it draw too much attention to itself. Finally, it boasts more standard features that other German-brand competitors.

Cons. There are no active accident-avoidance technologies currently available. It also has a limited color selection and no USB ports for smartphone charging.

What's New? The 3.0T Prestige now has standard adaptive cruise control as well as Audi Drive Select vehicle settings. Additionally, the 2.0T Premium Plus trim now adds standard 19-inch wheels for standard.

Trims. According to Car and Driver, the Audi Q5 2017 comes in five trim levels. The first five trims correspond to the available engines: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, and 2.0T Hybrid Prestige. A high-performance version known as the SQ5 is also available.

The 2.0T Premium has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, and xenon headlights. It also has a panoramic sunroof, aluminum roof rails with crossbars, and a power liftgate. In addition, it also has Bluetooth connectivity, Multi Media Interface with dash-mounted controls, and a 10-speaker sound system.

The 2.0T Premium Plus adds 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, and other features. The 3.0T Premium Plus adds a supercharged V6 engine, S line exterior styling tweaks, and headlight washers.

The 3.0T Prestige adds adaptive headlights, Audi Drive Select, adaptive cruise control, and a special cup holder. It also has a color trip computer, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera for its Technology package. The 2.0T Hybrid Prestige has hybrid-specific instrumentation and unique 19-inch wheels.

Verdict. The 2017 Audi Q5 is a top pick for a compact luxury SUV. It has great features, good fuel economy, and a very elegant finish.

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