New information, entertainment, and safety features
The Audi Q5 is the German luxury automaker's entry-level crossover SUV. It receives an update for 2013, including new engines, minor styling revisions, and new technology and safety features.
Audi leaves well enough alone with regard to the 2013 Q5's styling. The revisions are limited to the headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers, wheel designs, and color choices.
Just as the new 2013 Audi Q5 looks similar on the outside, changes to the interior are subtle. There's a new steering wheel, minor design and trim changes, and fresh interior colors. Audi is including HD Radio and voice-recognition technology as standard equipment on the 2013 Q5.
Available Audi Connect technology turns the 2013 Q5 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and enables operation of smartphone applications via the Multi-Media Interface (MMI) display screen when a device is paired via Bluetooth. An optional S-line package adds larger wheels and tires, subtle styling modifications, and provides the buyer with access to unique Daytona Gray Pearl paint.
Under the Hood
A new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the 2013 Audi Q5. It makes 225 horsepower, 14 more than last year, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, the same as last year. A new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is available for the Q5, replacing last year's optional 3.2-liter V-6 engine. With 272 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. torque, Audi claims that the 2013 Q5 3.0T will accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 145 mph. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.
Two additional powertrains that are confirmed for global markets might come to the U.S. The first is a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI turbo-diesel engine making 248 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed S-tronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive are standard, and Audi says the Q5 TDI accelerates to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
Audi is also introducing a parallel hybrid version of the new Q5, equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 40-kilowatt electric motor, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack to produce a combined 245 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. torque. The new 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid provides an EV Mode for pure electric operation at speeds up to 62 mph and for a distance of up to 1.8 miles. A modified 8-speed automatic transmission features "Drive" and "Sport" modes, and when placed in the latter it will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, according to Audi.
Official fuel-economy estimates are not available as this preview is published. Audi says that the Q5 TDI and the Q5 Hybrid should return gas mileage in the mid-30s in combined driving.
In addition to the expected array of air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, every new 2013 Q5 is equipped with a new drowsy-driver detection technology. As an option, Audi is planning to offer a new Audi Active Lane Assist system that will automatically nudge the Q5 back into the intended path of travel if the driver does not respond to lane-departure alerts.