The new 2023 Audi Q5 is the most premium compact crossover SUV in the class. This model looks handsome, and it will continue its rivalry against luxury SUVs such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Lexus RX, Lincoln Corsair, and Acura RDX. To keep up with mentioned rivals, the manufacturer decided to refresh this SUV for the following year. Besides a regular model, the manufacturer also offers a Sportback variant.
On top of that, the Audi Q5 is available with three engine options. As standard, it is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 261 horsepower using all four wheels.
2023 Audi Q5 Facelift
For 2023, the Audi Q5 will receive some small upgrades through trims. First of all, the 2023 Audi Q5 will keep the same body lines, but it will look more attractive at the front and at the back. The entry-level model will get some modifications on the grille, as well as on the LED headlights. LED taillights are also included as standard, and they will offer better graphics. Buyers can also boost the design of this model with a new Black Optic package. The Q5 45 TFSI will reportedly roll on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Q5 55 TFSI e has 19-inch alloys. The SQ5 is the sportiest model, and it has tuned adaptive air suspension and large 20-inch alloys.
Interestingly, the previously optional S line treatment is now standard, and it includes larger air intakes, aerodynamic side skirts, and an illuminated S line logo.
The interior of the 2023 Audi Q5 is one of the best in the class. In general, the manufacturer is demonstrating futuristic design through streamlined dashboard and high-quality materials. The cabin is comfortable and is perfectly adequate for four adults. According to Audi, this model has a cargo capacity of 25.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats that can be increased to 54 cubic feet with folded seats.
The highlight of this SUV is definitively a new 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that comes standard as well as the large virtual cockpit. The SQ5 version is the most luxurious trim, and it offers more sporty seats and carbon-fiber inlays. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (wireless for CarPlay) come standard as before. Like its bigger sibling Q7 model, the Q5 offers the same array of driver-assistance features. With this model you’ll get forward-collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, active lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.
2023 Audi Q5 Powertrain Options
The new 2023 Audi Q5 is one of the rarest SUVs in the class that is available with three engine options. The base model uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 261 horsepower to all four wheels. If you go up for the Q5 55 e, you will get the same engine with electrification. In this case, the electric motor is pulling energy from the lithium-ion battery, which has capacity of 17.9 kWh. Thanks to that, the Q5 PHEV can travel 19 miles on the electric mode.
Both models above use a 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. The SQ5 is the last engine, and it comes with a 8-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 generating 349 horsepower. Every Q5 has a Quattro drive as well as paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Unlike the Q5 55 TFSI e that’s rated to tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds, while the Q5 and SQ5 models offer 4,400-pounds maximum.
When Can We Expect the 2023 Audi Q5 to Debut?
The forthcoming 2023 Audi Q5 will receive some refreshments that will slight increase its price. The current Premium trim cost $45,195, while the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e, plug-in hybrid begins at around $52,900.
The most equipped is a sporty SQ5 in top Prestige trim that is around $63,300. The Volvo XC60 is in the same class and is slightly more affordable. We expect this model to arrive next year, likely before the fall.