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2013 Audi Q5

2013 Audi Q5

Published March 21, 2013

Even though Audi was the last one to enter the small luxurious SUV segment, their trump card Audi Q5 turned out to be best of the bunch, beating BMW X3, Acura RDX and Lexus RX. Audi plans to give their Q5 few slight changes for the 2013 Audi Q5 which we will get into a bit later. The same goes for the Q5s larger brother, the Audi Q7 which is scheduled to get new diesel engines and a few new features.

2013 Audi Q5

2013 Audi Q5

From the outside, the only thing that distinguishes the 2013 Audi Q5 from the previous model are the new LED running lights. The rest of the changes are subtle and can only be spotted by a true Audi fan. If you take a peek inside the new Q5 you will be able to spot a few changes. For example the excellent MMI system got a new interface and a slightly different layout. A few more changes were made to the interior which now comes with a touch of metal details. The rest of the interior remained the same, which means high quality materials combined with elegant design that will appeal to almost everyone. The main changes for the 2013 Q5 are kept hidden under the hood. The car got the new automatic start-stop system which turns off the engine while you are waiting at the red light and turns it back on once you want to continue driving. While we have seen this system implemented in some other models, people tend to disable it as the restart shakes the car and causes a slight delay when resuming your drive. The Q5 managed to minimize this effect making it almost unnoticeable, but still present. As for the engine, the new 3.0T is about the best you can get with the new Q5, with the engine having great fuel economy and top performance. If you want to get the most out of your Q5, you should definitely get the 3.0T model. It will propel you from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds which is quite impressive.

2013 Audi Q5 Interior

2013 Audi Q7

As for the Q7s smaller brother, the 2013 Q5 has the new 3.0 TDI V6 engine, as well as the Q7. And why wouldn’t it, as the new engine is 55 pounds lighter, 12% more fuel efficient and has 15 more horsepower than the previous engine. With it you will be able to get 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway which is great for a vehicle of this size. The rest of the changes in the Audi Q5 2013 are more or less the same as in the Q7, with the car getting an updated MMI system. The rest of the interior remained unchanged.

2013 Audi Q5 Engine

 

The verdict

The new engine in the Q5 2013 might not seem like a lot, but they are a welcome change. The cars now have better fuel efficiency and more power. To be honest, the rest didn’t need changes anyway as everything was already top-notch in the previous models. With that being said, if you don’t plan to get the new 3.0T model, you might just as well get the older Q5 model as it will surely be cheaper than the new 2013 Audi Q5.

2013 Audi Q5 Rear

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