3 Things Consumer Reports Likes About the 2023 Audi Q5

The 2023 Audi Q5 is the stunner you’d expect it to be from Audi. While it’s still early in its release, the industry critics, including Consumer Reports, are already saying this 2023 model year is basically the same as the 2022 version. However, that’s a good thing since this year’s Q5 earned high scores, accolades, and recommendations.

Before you start thinking the 2023 Audi Q5 is just a slightly newer version of the old one, there are three unique features you should see. Consumer Reports says these three distinctions also happen to be the latest Q5’s best attributes.

1. Quiet & soundproof interior

Audi logo on an Audi Q5.
Audi logo on an Audi Q5 | Audi

The reviews are flooding in about the 2023 Audi 2023, including from Consumer Reports. The team says this luxury compact SUV is “one of the better choices” of all the options in the segment. They go on to outline three key reasons they really like the Q5, even though it’s vastly similar to the 2022 variation.

One of the first features Consumer Reports appreciated is the well-soundproofed interior. Anyone buying a 2023 Audi Q5 can expect a very quiet ride and an overall premium ambiance, according to the Consumer Reports team. They say it’s quieter than previous models and just as impressive as the whisper-quiet Mercedes-Benz GLC. You won’t be bothered by wind, and the subtle engine hum is rather satisfying.

2. Comfortable and supportive seating

Another key feature you’ll love about the 2023 Audi Q5 involves the comfort level of seating. And we’re not just talking about driver’s side comfort, which is well-padded and chock-full of power adjustments to find your best position. But Consumer Reports says that the rear seat is probably “the roomiest in its class.”

Even rear seat passengers will have the luxury of reclining to discover perfect positioning. And there are forward and backward sliding mechanisms intended to customize legroom. Consumer Reports says access to the front and back of the Q5 is easy, too, for comfortable mounting and dismounting. It seems that wherever you decide to sit in the Q5, it’s going to be a comfortable ride.

3. Responsive handling and steering

The third thing Consumer Reports loves about the 2023 Audi Q5 is its firm and responsive handling. It’s an Audi, after all, so you’d expect there to be some sporty performance personality. The steering feels controlled and “planted,” without rigidness. Driving the Q5, you’ll feel its taut and agile personality and appreciate the added stability and precision. So, when you’re tempting that 0 to 60 mph accelerating rate of 6.8 seconds yourself, you’ll feel completely in control.

A lot of the handling is in response to great engine configurations. The Q5 comes with a very responsive, standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with a 201-hp and a 261-hp version. There’s a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission supporting smooth shifts.

And there is an SQ5 option, with a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 if you need more pep and 349 horses and an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this harnessed power, Consumer Reports says the Q5 eagerly hugs the pavement through the corners and provides a satisfying handling experience.

The 2023 Audi Q5 is another stunning entry into the compact luxury SUV space. And while you may see a lot of the 2022 model in this latest Q5, there’s still plenty to love. Consumer Reports hails these three attributes as its absolute best. You’ll have to test drive one to see for yourself and decide if you agree.

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