Audi Q5 Hits The Sweet Spot in A Low Key Less Bling Way

While hulking massive full size SUVs are still intimidating to many drivers, smaller 5 passenger crossovers like the latest Audi Q5 hit a sweet spot in the marketplace. First introduced in 2009, redesigned in 2018 and enhanced in 2021 with a performance SQ5 and a sexy Sportback edition, the Q5 is a standout best seller for Audi.

And in brand fashion … there is a low-key approach to this excellent daily driver and light adventure road tripper that is accused of lacking market pizazz in a crowded category. But within the fairly standard aerodynamic egg profile there is a heritage of excellence and proficiency that sells it pretty well in the $45,000 to $57,000 range.

The Q5 comes in 4 powertrains, with turbocharged 2 liter four-cylinder in 201 and 261 horsepower variants, a 362-hp plug-in hybrid and the SQ5 turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 349 horsepower engine. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard across the Audi Q5 lineup.

Inside the dazzling Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus digital instrumentation is standard on the Q5 Premium Plus and Prestige trims featuring Google Earth satellite imagery, a 12.3-inch screen and enough data for a moon shot.