Audi Q5 Hybrid  vs TDI 

Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige quattro Tiptronic

  • $51k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 24 city 30 hwy
Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system plus eight inches of ground clearance make the Q5 a good pick for deep snow and steep driveways.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 31 hwy
We're happy with any of the carry-over powerplants, especially the 2.0-liter turbo four-it's lighter and almost as quick as the Q5 3.0T, with its 272-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Prestige quattro Tiptronic vs 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic 

RideNerd recommends the Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic  based on its affordability, fuel economy and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Q5 Hybrid vs TDI

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Audi Q5 Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige quattro Tiptronic

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 7 vs 6 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Many more # of bleed canisters 2 vs 0 2 more # of bleed canisters
Slightly smaller annual carbon footprint 337 g vs 385 g More than 10% better combined CO2/mile
Front view of Audi Q5 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Many more emission control devices 3 vs 1 Three times as many catalytic converters; typically results in cleaner emissions

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$50,900 14¢/mile Audi Q5 Hybrid
TDI $46,500 14.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The TDI is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Audi Q5 Hybrid only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi Q5 Hybrid TDI
Price $10,180 ($50,900) $9,300 ($46,500)
Fuel $2,104 (2,844 gallons) $2,190 (2,807 gallons)
City 24 MPG 24 MPG
Highway 30 MPG 31 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Q5 Hybrid  vs TDI 

It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.
Q5 TDI 3.0 Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Q5 Hybrid  vs
Brand Audi Audi
Model year 2013 2014
City range 456 miles 475 miles
Highway range 570 miles 613 miles
MSRP $51k $47k
Annual cost $12,244 $11,491

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³ 3.69 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle 2,680 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg 72.31 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 3.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4 8-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Bang & Olufsen Generic
Speakers 14 10
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer Yes No
Auxiliary input No No
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system Standard, 7 in Optional, $1,950


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0 Optional, $0
Navigation system N/A, 10 GB Optional, $3,550
Roof rails Standard Standard
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Q5 Hybrid  vs
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 7 6
Carbon monoxide/mile 1.69 g 0.33 g
Combined CO2/mile 337 g 385 g
Methane/mile 0.02 g 0.03 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 1 0
Bleed canisters 2 0
Catalytic converters 1 3
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 51 tons 58 tons

power & handling

Max torque 258 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM 240 HP @ 3,750 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21 lb/hp 18.65 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet 38.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 235 235
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera Standard N/A
Rear sensor Standard Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 74.7 in 74.7 in
Front track width 63.7 in 63.7 in
Height 65 in 65.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in 7.9 in
Length 182.6 in 182.6 in
Wheelbase 110.5 in 110.5 in
Curb weight 4,431 lb 4,475 lb
Tow weight 4,400 4,400
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 54 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³ 48 ft³
Audi Q5 Hybrid Prestige quattro Tiptronic
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annual fuel costs? - your figures do not apply in my town, where diesel is 30% higher than premium ... not to mention relative unavailability!
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