There’s Only 1 Big Thing Consumer Reports Hates About the 2023 Audi Q5

The 2023 Audi Q5 is basically a carryover model from last year, aside from some new standard features. That’s not a bad thing: The 2022 Audi Q5 boasts fun powertrain options and opulent interior styling. It also abounds with technology and won an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. Because nothing major has changed, expect the 2023 Audi Q5 to earn excellent scores from Consumer Reports. However, this luxury SUV still has one significant problem that can’t be ignored.

What can you expect from the 2023 model?

All of the 2023 Audi Q5’s available engines are turbocharged, starting with the 201-hp four-cylinder on the base model. The Q5 45 model’s engine is a 261-hp four-cylinder, while the PHEV trims pair a turbo-four alongside an electric motor. This powerful combination makes 362 hp and gets 23 miles of electric-only range.

All-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission come standard, but you can swap it for an eight-speed automatic. The 2023 Audi Q5 rides on 18- or 19-inch wheels, depending upon the trim. Even larger 20-inch wheels are available through the Sport package, which also adds Dinamica-upholstered seats.

Standard leather upholstery is included in every model, and there’s room for five riders inside. A 10-inch touchscreen sits on the center stack with smartphone integration included. In addition, most essential advanced driver-assistance systems, such as forward automatic emergency braking and collision warning, are included.

The cheapest model, the Premium, starts at $43,500, and the Premium Plus starts at $49,000. They include attractive features like a panoramic sunroof, a premium sound system, and Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus. 

The Prestige models start at $54,500 and include sport seats up front. They also add ventilated seats and cooled and heated cupholders to the standard features. Expect a head-up display and exclusive matrix-style headlights too.

But the 2023 Audi Q5 could use better controls, Consumer Reports notes

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2023 Audi Q5 cockpit | Audi AG

According to Consumer Reports, drivers might have problems operating the 2023 Audi Q5’s gear selector. Rather than using the shift lever to park, drivers must press a separate button. They’ll also have to adjust to shifting the lever forward when reversing the Q5.

Most of the infotainment controls work well as long as the driver takes the time to learn them. Fortunately, if the interface seems intimidating at first, the steering wheel controls are easier to navigate. And although Consumer Reports’ testers didn’t see the point of the touchpad controller, other drivers might appreciate this option.

Here’s what Consumer Reports likes about the 2023 Audi Q5

Even with the base engine, the 2023 Audi Q5’s performance satisfied Consumer Reports. It can hit 60 mph in about seven seconds and has barely any body roll around corners. The transmission is a smooth operator, and the suspension, though stiffer than some rivals, soaks up road imperfections effortlessly.

This SUV also provides a serene ride, and CR had few complaints about the interior. Every trim has plenty of padded surfaces and unique touches like birchwood inlays. 

Furthermore, the driver’s seat provides plenty of wiggle room, and the second row is more accommodating than the ones in several competitors. The cushions are also wide and supportive, but the driver’s seat is the only one with lumbar adjustment. 

CR found a few other minor flaws in the 2023 Audi Q5. It doesn’t boast the largest cargo area, and the automaker recommends using expensive premium fuel. However, the Q5 remains one of the most reliable and satisfying luxury SUVs.

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