It’s not hard to see why the Audi Q5 is among the most popular vehicles in the luxury compact crossover class: a redesign last year emphasized the classy, understated lines that define all of this German automaker’s vehicles.
Following that redesign, the Audi Q5 compact crossover returns for 2019 with minor trim changes. The base Komfort trim gains a standard backup camera (it is the law now, after all) and electric rear-door child safety locks, and the mid-range Progressiv trim adds the Audi Connect suite of navigation and infotainment services.
The Q5’s power comes from a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is funneled through a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and the brand’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. You can get more performance in the Q5, but that involves moving up to SQ5, which is covered in a separate buyer’s guide article.
Q5 standard features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive damping suspension, bi-xenon headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, 7.0-inch infotainment display, heated front seats, smartphone interface, electric tailgate, satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror and tire pressure monitoring.
Progressiv trim adds 19-inch wheels and tires, navigation in an 8.3-inch display, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, passive keyless entry, hands-free tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, driver’s seat memory, 7.0-inch colour driver information display and a garage door opener.
Finally, Technik trim adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, top-view camera, heated/cooled cupholders, Audi’s virtual cockpit configurable gauge cluster, LED headlights with automatic high beams, upgraded sound system, ambient interior lighting with custom colours, automatic high beams and heated rear seats.
Options include ventilated front sport seats in Progressiv and Technik trims, which can also be dressed up an S-line package with larger wheels and special interior and exterior finishes. Only Technik models can be enhanced with active safety features through an advanced driver assistance group that bundles adaptive cruise, lane assist, automatic emergency braking and a traffic congestion assist function.
Audi hadn’t published the Q5’s 2019 fuel consumption figures when we wrote this but they should be similar, if not identical to, those for 2018, which are 10.4/8.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed