2014 Audi Q5 | new car review

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by
2014 Audi Q5
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 170,000 - 220,000
  • 4/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • 1 Review

  • 2014
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  • Last modified: December 15, 2014
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 34%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 35%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
    User: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
    User: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%
    User: 70%

Review Summary:

The 2014 Q5 is a mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle that aspires to take on the BMW X3, the Freelander, and the Volvo XC60. But it seems that everything on it has come from other ’s and therefore it lacks uniqueness.

Pros

The Q5 offers good value when compared to its rivals

Cons

Doesn't have its own style

Looks

It is hard to get excited when looking at the Q5, it is one of Audi’s more conservative efforts. Essentially it’s just a smaller Q7. It doesn’t have the mean-looking front end that other Audi’s have, in fact, it looks docile and unassuming. There are plenty of curves, but they make it look bulky and sluggish. There is no sharpness to the design, and although it looks more refined than the X3, the Freelander and XC60 are both far more pleasing on the eye.

2014 Audi Q5 exterior collage

Feels

Inside you are forced to rub your eyes, since you were certain that you got into the Q5, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were actually sitting in the A4. The interior is largely the same, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. It is laid out all very ergonomically, and everything is simple to identify. But then it is hard to get excited about a car that has had its innards donated by one of its brothers. There’s a sense of being cheated.

2014 Audi Q5 interior

Engineering

The Q5 is well engineered, and both passenger and luggage space is where it tops the class. At 560 litres the boot space eclipses its rivals, and that’s before you’ve put the back seats down and tripled the space to over 1500 litres! Passengers won’t complain about leg room, either. There is an option available that allows the rear seats to both slide and recline, which will keep your passengers’ attention and distract them from the all-round dullness.

What’s on offer?

There are both 2.0 and 3.0 litre versions of the TFSI Quattro engine available in the UAE. The 4-cylinder 2.0 litre version will belt out 221 horses worth of power and will get you from 0-100kph in a respectable seven seconds. Prices start at around AED 170,000, compared with the 3.0 V6 version that will cost you 35,000 more. Both cars seat five people.

Verdict

The Audi Q5 is not a lost cause, it is far cheaper than the BMW X3, and better value than the Volvo. But a Freelander with a 3.2 litre engine costs the same as the 2.0 litre Q5, and it is a much better looking car than the Audi. The Q5 is essentially an inbred lovechild born from the Q7 and A4, but you could do worse. It is still a relatively new car to the Audi range, and over time it may develop its own character. But for now it seems that it only exists so that Audi can say “we have a mid-range SUV, too”.

One Response to 2014 Audi Q5 | new car review

  1. Puneet Miglani Reply

    November 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    • Interior
      34%
    • Exterior
      35%
    • Quality
      75%
    • Features
      70%
    • Performance
      75%
    • Value for money
      70%
    • Rated 4 stars

    Nice car, quite like the audio system.

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