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Photo 1/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Front | 1
Photo 2/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Rear | The unibody design of the Q5’s chassis feels stiff and secure whether it’s being driven on- or off-road. This design—along with a multi-link front and rear suspension setup, precise electric rack-and-pinion steering, and full-time quattro all-wheel-drive—combines for a sporty and comfortable driving experience.
Photo 3/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Front Driver Side
Photo 4/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Rear Seats Up | The split-folding rear seats easily flip up and down with the operation of a single lever.
Photo 5/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Rear Seat Down | Once the entire back seat lowered, the cargo space increases from 29.1 to 57.3 cubic feet.
Photo 6/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Cargo Area Empty | Even with the rear seats up, the Q5 TDI has plenty of usable cargo space that’s accessed using a standard powered lifting and closing tailgate that can be operated remotely using the key fob.
Photo 7/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Cargo Area Full | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 8/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Center Console | While the quality of the interior materials is excellent, we were disappointed by the low-mounted and complicated navigation/audio controls and the unpredictable sliding center armrest that is prone to attack tall drinks in the cupholders.
Photo 9/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Google Earth Maps 3G WiFi | The Audi Technology Package option includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, built-in 3G-powered Wi-Fi for up to eight devices at the same time, and navigation with 3-D Google Earth mapping.
Photo 10/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Climbing | The Q5 TDI is both comfortable and capable off-road, as long as you don’t expect it to perform like a Jeep Wrangler JK. The ample torque, stiff chassis, and precise suspension allow the SUV to be as capable as the low ground clearance and all-season tires will allow.
Photo 11/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Bumper Climb | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 12/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Hill Descent Control | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 13/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Sunset | Washboard roads are a lot of fun to drive with this comfortable and predictable SUV, thanks to the 428 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive, and well-tuned suspension. Xenon headlamps with LED running lamps are standard equipment, but they don’t provide as much forward illumination as we would like.
Photo 14/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Underhood Turbo | With the engine cover removed, we were able to get an up-close look at the single variable-geometry turbocharger mounted in the valley of the engine. It uses variable vanes to minimize lag at all rpm levels and uses a close-coupled exhaust catalyst that’s mounted directly to the turbo for optimal performance, even at start-up.
Photo 15/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Audi Connect Traffic Alerts | The navigation/audio system provides real-time traffic information and up-to-the-minute emergency alerts based on your GPS location. Here, we receive a warning about “animals on roadway” in a part of Los Angeles where this is definitely unexpected.
Photo 16/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Information Center 37mpg | One of the highest real-time average mpg ratings we experienced was 37.3 mpg after a highway cruise with very little traffic.
Photo 17/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Information Center MPG Tips | The driver information center provides fuel economy tips, such as this one that discourages idling. Others alerts include suggesting you roll up the windows if you have the air conditioning turned on.
Photo 18/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Off Road Front | The ’15 Audi Q5 TDI is powered by a 3.0L V-6 diesel engine that creates 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The twist is almost always on tap thanks to the fast and precise actions of the ZF 8HP55 eight-speed automatic transmission.
Photo 19/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Front Wheel Tire Off Road | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 20/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Interior Bang Olufsen Speaker | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 21/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel TDI Badge | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 22/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Q5 Badge | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review
Photo 23/23 | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Rear Off Road | 2015 Audi Q5 TDI 30 MPG First Drive Review