Audi Q5 hybrid reliability & safety rating
The Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts good crash-test scores, but the German brand’s performance in the Driver Power owner survey leaves something to be desired
|5 stars (2017)
The Audi Q5 is a safe car that did well in independent Euro NCAP crash tests. We'd like to see more advanced driver aids included as standard, however, and the brand could have performed better in the most recent Driver Power owner survey.
Audi Q5 TFSI e reliability & problems
The 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the plug-in hybrid Q5 is used in other Audis and should be dependable. However, we need more individual data for the plug-in hybrid system to judge its long-term reliability. It is worth noting that Audi as a brand placed a disappointing 30th out of 32 manufacturers in the 2023 Driver Power survey.
The highest-rated Audi on the list of the best cars to own was the smaller Q3 SUV, which came in 27th out of 75 vehicles.
The Audi gets a reversing camera, autonomous city braking, traction control, hill-hold assistance and parking sensors as standard, and received a five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. Semi-autonomous parking is available as part of the pricey Technology or Technology Pack Pro, while additional safety systems like Audi side assist and exit warning comes in the Driver Assistance pack, including blindspot monitoring mentioned earlier. There's no driver's knee airbag and – as with most plug-in hybrids – no space-saver spare wheel (a tyre repair kit is standard) due to a shortage of room for it in the boot.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is a fast and spacious plug-in hybrid SUV capable of covering up to 37 miles on electric power alone, but like its rivals, it has a hefty price tag
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThanks to a mid-life update that included a larger battery, the plug-in hybrid Q5 can now cover well over 30 miles on electric power and offers competitive fuel-economy figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is competitively priced and cheap to run if you plug in regularly, but it’s easy to overspend on options and finance is expensive
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Q5 plug-in is comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive, but packs plenty of performance as well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts good crash-test scores, but the German brand’s performance in the Driver Power owner survey leaves something to be desired
- 8Living with itIt's one of our favourite plug-in hybrid SUVs, but how does the high-performance family car work in the real world? We found out with a long-term test...