2013 Audi Q5: First Look

2013 Audi Q5

For the 2013 model year, the Audi Q5 gets a midcycle refresh to address the compact crossover's so-so fuel economy and to tie its styling to Audi's latest design language.

Starting with exterior updates, the headlight, grille and bumper designs get revised. The headlights feature a squared-off LED daytime running light option, and the grille has prominent vertical slats in place of the old model's eggcrate look. The lower air inlets and fog lights have also been updated. The taillights' LED pattern has been altered in a similar fashion as the headlights.

The 2013 Q5 gets more fuel-efficient engine options, including a parallel hybrid powertrain that's expected to achieve a 34 mpg average fuel economy rating, Audi says. The 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid is set to go on sale later this summer. Gas-powered models benefit from a new auto-start-stop system and an electric, speed-sensitive power-steering system in lieu of the old Servotronic electro-hydraulic setup; both will improve fuel economy on four-cylinder and V-6 models.

The 225-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder is still mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 270-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 has been replaced by a new 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 option. For the first time, the V-6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic, over the previous six-speed. The new V-6 now can go from zero to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds; the old engine did it in 6.7 seconds. Audi expects gas mileage to increase on the V-6 model, too. There's no word yet on if the U.S. will get either of the Q5's European diesel options, but now that the hybrid is available here, we doubt it.

The interior gets a subtle update, with more chrome outlining the controls. The steering-column control stalk, ignition key and instrument gauge cluster have been modified, and there's a new steering wheel, according to the carmaker. The MMI multimedia system now uses four buttons (last year's model had three) for quicker control changes, particularly for the stereo.

The Audi Q5 should hit U.S. dealerships this fall.

2013 Audi Q5

Comments 

-G-

Very good looking car...NOW WHERE IS THE DIESEL POWERTRAIN??!?!?!?!

Transverse

Audi is going hybrid with this one - that's why no diesel.

L.M.C. & Co.

DIESEL IS MUCH BETTER THAN A HYBRID BUT IT WILL BE NICE IF THEY OFFERED BOTH OR A DIESEL HYBRID :)

mynot

Lets face it, the Hybrid is a fine option for a city car but for cruising long distances there is no advantage and a weight penalty with the batteries. For driving long distances at a steady speed the diesel is the answer.

Another gripe. The luggage space in all of the current luxury German cars is tiny. They fill all the nooks an crannies with fancy looking carpet and little access doors to nothing but wasted space. The current Q5 is one prime example. I will not be replacing my well designed but aging 3 Series BMW, instead I will be looking elsewhere.

These luxury German cars are now targeted at the wealthy city slickers who are looking for that status symbol. Us common folks who are looking for a quality well designed and built fun to drive family car are ignored.

Oughtamobile

Let's face it, the luxury buyer looking at a Q5 would rather have a hybrid version than a diesel engine that rattles like a box of rocks. In the US diesel sales are under one percent. Most Americans live in cities, where diesel gets lousy mileage and fouls the air compared to any hybrid car. Even Honda's mild hybrids beat the VW TDI highway mileage, so your argument is off base on hybrids.

Ruddy Man

But the VW Diesel it way more fun to drive Honda Hybrid I know I have driven both of them. And the new diesels are way quieter then the diesels of old with no start stop function like the Honda Civic Hybrid, the most annoying invention ever!

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