Audi Q5 SUV (2016 -) Costs

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017
Despite its same-again looks suggesting otherwise, the second-generation Audi Q5 SUV is based on different underpinnings, with A5 Coupe-aping voluptuousness along the flanks, and a chunkier Q7-esque grille lending an aggressive air to the front end. Depending on the model, it’s also shed up to 90kg of heft.

3.9 out of 5

Running costs

  • Neither 2.0-litre engine is especially costly
  • The SQ5 will require the deepest pockets
  • Excellent resale values reduce cost of ownership

From the 2.0-litre engine range, finding the Audi Q5 with the most agreeable running costs isn’t too difficult a challenge.

If you’re seeking out the very cheapest to run then ensure you sign on the dotted line for a 2.0-litre TDI model on 18-inch alloy wheels. Officially it will average 56.5mpg (expect mid-40s in the real world) and has CO2 emissions of 132g/km.

At the opposite end of the scale, the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol alternative is the costliest of the four-cylinder models, especially if you upgrade the alloys to 20-inchers. Audi claims in this guise the Q5 will still achieve 39.8mpg, while CO2 emissions rise to 162g/km.

Dearest of the lot is the petrol-powered SQ5, with an official claim of 34.0mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km – providing that you stick to the standard 20-inch rims.

While the cars themselves might not cost the earth to refuel, servicing them at an Audi dealer is going to be expensive – but that’s typical across the premium car spectrum. Also be aware that as you upgrade the wheel size, tyres become more expensive.

It’s not all bad news – far from it – especially when it comes to residual values. Regardless of which Q5 you choose, after three years and 30,000 miles it should be worth between 55 and 58 percent of its new price.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,171 - £1,377 *


£885 - £1,180 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Variable depending upon on-board computer


Three years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs sooner. This can be upgraded at the point of purchase on new cars for an additional fee

Road tax (12 months)

£150.00 - £475.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

3.9 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

This second-generation Audi Q5 is up to 90kg lighter than its predecessor, which combined with fuel-stretching technologies such as start-stop functionality and gearboxes that revert to neutral so that they can coast, ensures emissions are relatively low for a car of this type.

The most efficient of the Q5 line-up is the 2.0-litre TDI on standard 18-inch alloy wheels – here CO2 emissions are as low as 132g/km.

Most-polluting is the SQ5 with optional 21-inch alloy wheels: here emissions shoot up to 195g/km of CO2.

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