Audi Q5 TDI  vs SQ5 

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)
It's a flexible, fairly muted powerplant-but it's easily outstripped by the 420-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine found in the S6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

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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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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

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 climate friendly.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Q5 TDI vs SQ5

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 TDI

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Saves on fuel $2,191 vs $2,937 More than 25% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 6 vs 5 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Cheaper annual cost $11,491 vs $13,957 Around 20% less expensive per year
Better city driving range 475 miles vs 316 miles More than 50% further in the city
Lower MSRP $47k vs $55k Around 15% cheaper sticker price
Better highway driving range 613 miles vs 455 miles Around 35% further range on the interstate
Smaller annual carbon footprint 385 g vs 439 g More than 10% better combined CO2/mile
Slightly higher EPA highway mileage 31 MPG vs 23 MPG Around 35% better on the interstate
Car-autoblog-first view of Audi SQ5

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Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic

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

$46,500 14.6¢/mile Audi Q5 TDI
SQ5 $55,100 20¢/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 Audi Q5 TDI is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi Q5 TDI SQ5
Price $9,300 ($46,500) $11,020 ($55,100)
Fuel $2,190 (2,807 gallons) $2,994 (4,046 gallons)
City 24 MPG 16 MPG
Highway 31 MPG 23 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Q5 TDI  vs SQ5 

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 TDI  vs
Brand Audi Audi
Model year 2014 2014
City range 475 miles 316 miles
Highway range 613 miles 455 miles
MSRP $47k $55k
Annual cost $11,491 $13,957

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

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 325 ft-lb @ 2,900 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,750 RPM 354 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 18.65 lb/hp 12.45 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet 38.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 10 10
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No 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 Optional, $1,950 Optional, $1,950


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0 Optional, $0
Navigation system Optional, $3,550 Optional, $3,400, 10 GB
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 TDI  vs
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 6 5
Combined CO2/mile 385 g 439 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 58 tons 66 tons

engine & drivetrain

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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 14.02 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 235 255
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 20 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 45

safety features

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

physical dimensions

Width 74.7 in 75.2 in
Front track width 63.7 in 64.2 in
Height 65.2 in 65.3 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in 4.6 in
Length 182.6 in 183 in
Wheelbase 110.5 in 110.5 in
Curb weight 4,475 lb 4,409 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
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