2023 Audi Q5 E-Tron Makes Spy Photo Debut, Already Has Production Body. Following the development of the Volkswagen Group’s EV portfolio turned into a full-time job. Audi hasn’t even revealed the MEB-based Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron in production guise, but it is already testing a completely different zero-emissions SUV.
Our spies happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture the first batch of images with the Audi equivalent of the next-generation Porsche Macan.
2023 Audi Q5 Prototype: Audi Q5 New Model 2023
2023 Audi Q5 Redesign The prototype appears to already have all the final body panels, though there’s no lower front grille while the base taillights were just a temporary setup used during testing. You can easily tell that this is an electric vehicle not only because of the absence of a visible exhaust tip, but also because of the closed front grille because there is no combustion engine to cool.
Despite being completely dipped in camouflage, you can already tell that the electric crossover looks very different from current Audi Q vehicles with combustion engines. The short overhang suggests it’s being developed from the ground up as an EV as opposed to the larger Audi Q5 Hybrid 2023,, which is based on the MLB platform along with the Q7 and Q8.
Regarding the name, logic tells us that it will be christened the Q5 E-Tron as VAG already mentioned this name in a document published in November 2020. A screenshot of that PDF has been attached below, showing Audi is planning a 2022 market launch when its next-gen Tigers are also maturing. Both will use the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) reserved for mid-range and larger EVs.
Little else is known about the Q5 E-Tron, but the German auto conglomerate has already shared some early details about the PPE platform. It will be slightly shorter than comparable MLB-based vehicles while offering more room inside thanks to a wider wheelbase, smart battery pack and the absence of a central tunnel.
Audi previously mentioned the PPE will be more sophisticated than the MEB platform by offering air suspension, torque vectoring and rear-wheel steering. Both single and dual electric motor setups are under development, with the former coming in a rear-wheel drive flavor while the more powerful configuration will have AWD. 350 kW fast charging capability has been promised for the new platform that Audi is developing with Porsche .
A new report from Auto Bild claims there will also be a Q6 E-Tron acting as a “coupe” version, but nothing is official at this point. We’re also not really sure it will be the official name as it could be called the Q5 E-Tron Sportback, similar to the upcoming Q4 E-Tron & Q4 Sportback E-Tron pair except that it will have a very different design. as seen in Q7 & Q8 to guarantee higher numbers.
Meanwhile, the next-generation Porsche Macan will be the first PPE-based electric vehicle to be revealed. The Audi equivalent is likely not far behind seeing how both will go on sale next year.
2023 Audi Q5 Preview
New Audi Q5 2023 Audi still hasn’t standardized the exterior appearance of the S line across the Q5 lineup for 2023 along with the new 18-inch wheel design. Our speculation that the trim style will be present in the mid-range Premium Plus now includes a power-adjustable steering column; Audi’s Black Optics display package is now optional and includes black exterior trim and unique 20-inch alloy wheels. The plug-in Audi Q5 Hybrid 2023 model now comes as standard with sports seats.
Handsome style, tech-rich cabin, many configurations to choose from.
Some rivals are roomier and more cargo friendly, less driving sensation, basic warranty.
The Q5 is well-equipped and fully equipped but few competitors offer more fun behind the wheel.
While they’re not the most attractive SUVs to drive, we expect the Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback 2023 to offer an upscale look, a host of high-end features, and refined nature. Two powertrains are offered — a 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder or a 362-hp plug-in hybrid — with Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive standard on both versions.
From touchscreen infotainment to available digital gauge displays, the Q5 is groomed to impress technophiles. Rivals like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3, and Porsche Macan are more thrilling to drive on winding roads while the Q5 is more tuned for everyday comfort than outright performance. Leave that to the hotter SQ5, which we review separately.
2023 Audi Q5 Specs
While there’s no official information yet, most of the time it’s carried around for 2023, the Q5 is back in 45 TFSI, 55 TFSI e, and SQ5 trims, with standard and 2023 Audi Q5 E Tron body styles. It now comes with a standard S-line body kit, and offers a Black optical package with 20-inch wheels, while the plug-in hybrid car gets standard sports seats. The hybrid gets a bigger battery, going from 14.1 kwh to 17.9 kwh.
We very much expect the 2023 Audi Q5 will evoke a stronger sense of style as a Sportback than in its standard edition SUV tog. It sports strong creases on the sides and a thick embossed low grille that is more balanced with the Sportback’s sleek roofline. The cabin borders on gloomy, but the large swath of digital displays brings light, while the large sunroof brightens up the beige, gray, or black interior (we’ll take the suave Okapi brown leather, FWIW).
Audi fits the Q5 with a 261-hp turbo-4 and all-wheel drive in the base version, and it’s great for a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. The dual-clutch transmission can be smoother at urban speeds and the steering is less light, but it delivers power and the Q5 earns its reputation for attentive handling.
The plug-in hybrid model gained battery output this year, which may mean added weight that would negate the increase in plug-in range. We’ll update our review once the specs are clearer.
Enter the SQ5, and the turbo-4 gives way to a 349-hp turbo-6 and 8-speed automatic that can push it to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The SQ5 also has an advanced steering and rear traction system that provides unwavering grip, a tight ride, and beefy steering.
The Q5 accommodates four adults nicely and can fit five medium-sized passengers with ease, providing plenty of head and legroom and small luggage storage for all (heated and cooled cupholders, anyone?). Cargo space measures at least 27 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and the Q5’s interior is made up of smooth materials like standard leather and wood or faux carbon trim.
IIHS awarded Q5 the Top Safety Pick+ award, and automatic emergency braking is standard, as are blind-spot monitors and parking sensors. Other models add adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a surround-view camera system.
- TRANSPORTATION TYPE
- front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passenger wagon, 4 door
- ENGINE TYPE
- 16-valve inline-4 DOHC turbocharged and intercooler, iron block and head, direct fuel injection, 261 hp, 273 lb-ft
- 8 speed auto
- Wheelbase: 111.0 inches
- Length: 184.3 inches
- Width: 74.5 inches Height: 65.5 inch Passenger volume: 99 feet 3
- Cargo volume: 26 feet 3
- Curb weight: 4185 pounds
- C/D TEST RESULTS
- 60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 14.2 seconds @ 97 mph
- 100 mph: 15.2 seconds
- 120 mph: 24.9 seconds
- The above results omitted a 1 foot launch from 0.2 seconds. Starting to roll, 5–60 mph: 6.3 seconds
- Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 seconds
- Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.3 seconds
- Top speed (limited by governor): 129 mph
- Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 feet
- Roadholding, Skidpad 300 feet in diameter: 0.86 g
- C/D FUEL ECONOMY
- Observed: 21 mpg
- 75-mph highway driving: 28 mpg
- Highway coverage: 510 miles
- EPA FUEL ECONOMY
- Combined/city/highway: 25/23/28 mpg
2023 Audi Q5 Interior
Audi Q5 2023 Interior On the inside buyers of even the cheapest 2023 Audi Q5 will enjoy the intuitive infotainment system displayed on the 10.1-inch dashboard screen. Most of the infotainment features expected to be present and accounted for in the base Q5, including Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
Things get a lot more interesting if you switch to the Premium Plus or Prestige trims, as they come with a reconfigurable digital gauge cluster called the Audi Virtual Cockpit. It provides a 12.3-inch wide nav map view plus selected media, phone controls, trip computer, speed, and tachometer, or a combination of these.
The Q5 provides enough room for four adults to feel comfortable and offers many high-end features, even on the base Premium model. The cabin is quiet with speed and easy to get in and out of. Climbing through three trim levels — Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige — nets even more luxury features, including Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster.
When it comes to how many boxes of our carry-on cargo fit, the Q5 isn’t impressive. It beats the smaller Macan, but only and accommodates 18 cases with the rear seats folded. The Q5’s rear seatbacks fold easily in a 40/20/40 style, however, providing flexibility that the Lexus RX lacks.
2023 Audi Q5 Engine
We expect the engine that comes with the 2023 Audi Q5 hoping to be even better than last year’s to feature a standard 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, seven-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The turbo four delivers plenty of punch to drive the Q5 around town or cruise down the highway on a highway, and it’s smooth, quiet, and melodious.
On our test track, the Q5 with this basic powertrain delivered 5.5 seconds to 60 mph. The plug-in-hybrid variant adds an electric motor that increases output to a combined 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which Audi claims will improve acceleration. The suspension of this luxurious compact crossover is well damped and provides a feeling of stability on the road or driving conditions.
The ride is smooth and controlled—with or without the optional adaptive suspension—even on pockmarked asphalt. Steering is accurate and light weight but provides no visible feedback from the front wheels. In Dynamic drive mode, the steering feels heavier but still artificial. Drop the Q5 down two twisty lanes and it’ll handle it pretty well, but the Porsche Macan will show a much better timing.
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2023 Audi Q5 MPG
While the EPA estimates for the Q5 will produce 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The plug-in-hybrid variant has a combined estimate of 27 mpg and an electric range of just 19 miles.
On our 75-mph fuel economy test route, the Q5 with its base powertrain matches its EPA rating of 28 mpg; we haven’t had a chance to test the Q5 with the optional plug-in hybrid powertrain yet. For more information on the Q5’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
2023 Audi Q5 Price
Back to the price which is also still a mystery. However, our 2023 Audi speculation will likely differentiate the Q5 powertrains with numbers 45 and 55, the former meaning a standard turbo four and the latter indicating an optional plug-in hybrid setup.
We’ll let you choose between the regular Q5 and the coupe-like Q5 Sportback, but we recommend sticking with the 45 model. Of all these, the mid-range Premium Plus trim offers the best balance of features and price, and comes standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display.
- Premium $46,195
- Sportback Premium $50,495
- Premium Plus $51.195
- Sportback Premium Plus $53.895
- Premium $54,995
- Prestige $56,595
- Premium Plus $59,095
- Sportback Prestige $59,195
- Prestige $64,445
The base $46,195 Q5 gets leather upholstery and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We’ll opt for the $50,195 Q5 Premium Plus and adaptive cruise control and surround-view camera system, then spend on the available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and Sportback body. The SQ5 Prestige scaled back to $66,795.
2023 Audi Q5 Release Date
Well, until now there has been no official schedule for the 2023 Audi Q5. But it could happen that the 2023 Audi Q5 will launch in the Fall of next year without any major changes both aesthetically and with any of the features offered on board.
While the S-Line appearance pack is standard equipment, it can still be considered a gimmick to keep things fresh for the moniker. That being said, the 2023 Audi Q5 is a perfect example of how the number of parts is greater than the parts themselves.