The Most Popular Audi Isn’t the Cheapest Audi in 2023
Audi vehicles expertly blend leading-edge tech and sleek style. From advanced powertrains to LED DRLs, the German company knows the formula for modern luxury. And its Q5 SUV continues to lead the way with strong sales and a versatile design. Let’s delve into the Audi Q5’s sales figures, its features, and its specs. We’ll also cover Audi’s cheapest model, the Q3.
2023 Audi Q5 sales are the highest for the automaker
Today’s SUVs can do it all. Whether grocery runs or snowy mornings, sport utility vehicles are up to the task. But the Audi Q5 takes that even further, with a sports car feel and class-leading interior. That’s what helps Audi Q5 sales to dominate the rest of the pack.
According to GoodCarBadCar, Audi has sold 54,705 Q5s in 2023. Compared to last year, that’s an increase of 46.77 percent. That’s quite an uptick.
The 2023 Audi Q5 comes in the following trims (price not including destination):
• Premium: $44,200
• Premium Plus: $49,400
• Prestige: $54,900
Each trim is available in 40, 45, or 55 configurations. The 40 uses a turbo 2.0-liter four with 201 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. 50 models also use a turbo 2.0-liter four but tuned to make 261 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. The 55 uses a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) setup, combining the turbo 2.0 with an electric motor for 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Quattro AWD is standard across the range, and a dual-clutch seven-speed auto clicks off shifts like a race car.
That leads to sports car performance. During testing, Car and Driver recorded a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds for the 45 model. The 55 PHEV was even better, with the sprint taking only 4.5 seconds. Combine that with the Q5’s agile chassis and composed handling, and you’ve got an SUV that makes every ride more fun.
Outside, the Q5 has Audi’s trademark trapezoidal mesh grille and five-ring logo, LED DRLs, and sharp body creases. Taut proportions and short overhangs give it an athletic look. Compared to regular SUVs, it has a high-performance personality.
Interior-wise, the Q5 has the brand’s usual combo of clean design, abundant technology, and high-quality materials. The logical, elegant layout uses analog switchgear and digital displays for the best of both worlds. Touchscreen infotainment includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And on Premium Plus and Prestige trims, Audi’s Digital Cockpit displays navigation within a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
The 2023 Audi Q3 is the company’s cheapest SUV
Compared to the Audi Q5’s sales, the Audi Q3 isn’t selling well in 2023. While it’s the brand’s cheapest SUV, that hasn’t led to sales success. Let’s take a closer look at the data.
Year to date, Audi has sold 12,633 Q3s, as noted by GoodCarBadCar. Compared to last year, that’s a difference of -23.92 percent. What could be the reason for the change? Here’s our take.
The 2023 Audi Q3 starts at $36,800 (plus destination fees). That’s a solid value for an Audi sport utility vehicle. But with the larger, more powerful Q5’s slightly higher cost, some consumers may feel it’s worth the extra money.
Not to mention, the Q3’s quite compact. That can be a lot of fun around town, but for people with families, the Q5’s larger footprint just makes sense. Add with its available PHEV setup, and the larger model is even more appealing
Lastly, the current-gen Q3 has been around for a while. Last updated for 2019, the subcompact SUV has begun to show its age compared to the competition. And while the latest Q5 debuted in 2018, it received a facelift in 2021.
The Audi Q5 and Q3 bring high-tech luxury to the SUV segment. While the Q5 enjoys strong sales, as of late, the Q3’s been on a downturn. Reasons for that could include the larger model’s ample seating and cargo space or its optional PHEV powertrain. The Q3’s current design is also due for an update, and customers may want the latest and greatest models. Still, both vehicles embody the company’s core traits of sporty dynamics and sleek design. No matter the model, Audis are thoroughly modern rides.