Audi started updating its line-up with the A5 and will continue to do so with every other model in the line-up throughout the next year. This even includes models that are still relatively young, like the Q5 SUV. The facelift version of the Q5 has now officially been announced and will go on sale later this summer. Prices on the European market will start from 39,900 euro - or about $52,500 at the current exchange rates.

Unlike the current Q5 that is only being offered with a choice of one gasoline engine and two TDI units, the new Q5 offers five engine options: three TDI and two TFSI engines with power ranging from 143 HP to 272 HP.

Just like with all the other facelifted models, the new Q5’s exterior updates include a modified grille, bumper and fog lights, but also modified headlights with LED lamps and xenon plus units. At the rear the model has received modified diffuser and tailpipes, while for the interior gets additional strides in refined styling.

UPDATE 04/25/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the facelift Audi Q5.

  • 2013 Audi Q5
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    8-speed automatic
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    3.0 L
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    5.9 sec.
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    145 mph
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The exterior

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While updating the Q5 Audi tried to make the model even more sportier, spacious and more functional. The car measures 4.63 meters (15.19 feet) long, 1.90 meters (6.23 feet) wide and 1.65 meters (5.41 feet) tall and weights a total of 3,869.11 lb. The car’s engine hood and trunk lid were made of aluminum, while a large share of the car’s structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels in order to reduce weight and improve crash safety.

Up front the model has received modified headlamps with LED daytime running lights and the optional xenon plus units. The changes continue with a single frame grille with vertical chrome struts and Audi rings, modified bumpers with integrated air inlets, high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings. At the rear Audi is also offering modified tail lamps with LED lights and modified diffuser inserts and tailpipes.

Customers will have to choose between 15 colors, including four new colors, while the optional S line package will add an offroad styling package.

The S line sport package adds:

  • a black interior;
  • sport seats
  • elegant trim components
  • 19-inch wheels with 235/55 tires,
  • a sport suspension
  • the exclusive exterior color Daytona Grey, pearl effect.

The interior

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Audi has also updated the interior in order to make it even more sportier. Lots of users control have narrow chrome trim; the steering column control stalks, ignition key and instruments were given subtle modifications. The narrow panels of the center console are high-gloss black and the central media component, MMI navigation plus, now has four buttons, and its volume dial has an additional skip function.

All models will be offered with the convenience key, three-zone automatic air conditioning system and climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation function. As an option customers can also get the panoramic glass roof.

There are 35 different combinations to choose from, including three new interior colors, three fabric and three leather qualities.

Engine line-up and transmissions

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Customers can now enjoy a choice of five engines: three TDI and two TFSI engines all of them offered with a start-stop system as standard and with fuel consumption reduced by 15%.

The base version is the 2.0 TDI four-cylinder offered in two versions: one delivering 143 HP and 236 lbs-ft of torque and the other one with 177 HP and 280 of torque. The first one delivers a fuel economy of 44 mpg and the second one an impressive 39.20 US mpg.

Next there is the 3.0 TDI V6. It delivers a total of 245 HP and 427.79 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with this engine the Q5 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just6.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 139 mph, while delivering an impressive 36.75 US mpg.

The base gasoline version is a 2.0 TFSI with 225 HP and 258 lbs-ft of torque, while the top version is a 3.0 TFSI V6 with supercharging, which replaces the 3.2-liter engine. This engine delivers a total of 272 HP and 295.02 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, while top speed goes up to 145 mph. Fuel economy in this case is 27.67 US mpg.

The five engines can be combined with either a manual six-speed transmission, a seven-speed S tronic or an eight-speed tiptronic, while the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard on all versions, except the the 2.0 TDI 143 HP that comes with the front-wheel drive system.


The new Audi Q5 will go on sale later this summer. Prices on the European market will start from 39,900 euro - or about $52,500 at the current exchange rates.

The competition

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The list of competitors include the usual Mercedes GLK and theInfiniti EX35. The GLK has also been updated recently with a few exterior changes that make it look even more aggressive and dynamic, along with the use of better quality materials, new equipment, a fully redesigned trim, and a new infotainment systems. Under the hood the model gets a fuel-efficient 3.5- liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine generating 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand the EX35 gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 297 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque.

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  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

I can’t also wait to see that feature! Anyway, I must say that this future Q5 truly looks very attractive and awesome on its aesthetic design. I’m just only curious on its interior, especially on its engine specification.

  (727) posted on 11.30.2011

I wonder about its new electromechanical steering? Anyway, I love the looks of this Audi Q5. It looks so attractive and appealing on that. Well, I will surely wait for the official details of this SUV.

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

The car lines of this Audi Q5 are only given more appeal on it, and I must say that it looks very elegant and classy on that. Anyway, the over-all feature that this vehicle had is truly so striking about it.

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

I can’t wait to see the facelift version of this Q5, although it is already looking good on its current appearance, and I hope that it can also offer an awesome and comfortable interior feature.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

The Audi Q5 is already looking great on its sleek body paint, and I noticed that the car lines of this one, is only adding more appeal to it, but I hope that it also had an impressive interior feature.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

For me, it is already the great on its current appearance, but I still want to see the new facelift of this Q5. Anyway, I just only hope that it still had an impressive engine specification.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

Well, Audi’s cars really have this signature of a simple but so classy car, and this Q5 is one of the proofs on that, even if it is only a facelift. Anyway, I love how they perfectly upgrade the exterior features of it.

  (459) posted on 11.2.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with you Durante Milano that this one is definitely looking great on its body paint, and it looks very classy and sophisticated on that. I am hoping only that they will use an impressive engine for this one.

  (317) posted on 11.1.2011

The Audi Q5 is absolutely a good-looking car and the sleek blue body paint on this one, only adds more appeal to it. I was just hoping that on its next update news, they will also include some pictures of its interior.

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