As we approach the end of 2023, car enthusiasts worldwide are in anticipation of new vehicle model releases and speculations about them. One of the most anticipated models is definitely the 2024 Audi Q5 Hybrid, and today, we are going to discuss everything we know about it so far.
Expectations Regarding the Interior
According to edmunds.com, the interior of the Q5 offers ample room, regardless of whether you are seated in the front or rear, and getting in and out is a breeze thanks to the well-designed doorways. The elevated driver’s seat grants a panoramic view of the road. However, one drawback is the awkwardly positioned door-side armrest, which may be too distant to offer the comfort it’s designed for.
As for the tech, the default 10.1-inch display screen is visually impressive but feels like an afterthought, being perched atop the dashboard as if it were an appended tablet. The lack of a dial or touchpad interface means you’re left to tap and swipe on the screen, a task that becomes increasingly cumbersome the further back your seat is adjusted. Some of us miss the control knob on the center console that was featured in the Q5’s earlier model, as it was much more accessible.
What to Expect Regarding the Fuel Economy
Edmunds also reports that the Audi Q5 45 TFSI boasts an EPA-rated 25 mpg for combined driving, breaking it down to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is solid performance in its category. Starting with the 2024 models, these numbers will see an increase to 26 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway.
Audi has yet to confirm most of this information, so most of it is speculation and rumors that need to be confirmed.
Based on the reports from caranddriver.com, the 2024 Audi Q5 has a starting price of $45,795, topping out at $60,895. It offers a base model with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Additionally, there’s a plug-in hybrid option as well as a stylish Q5 Sportback variant.
Available in 40, 45, and 55 (the plug-in hybrid) configurations, these different powertrains have fuel efficiency figures that are within 1 or 2 mpg of each other. All variants come standard with adaptive cruise control, making your choice mainly a matter of your budget for extra power and luxury features.
What to Expect in the Safety Features Department
Caranddriver also reports that in the 2024 model year, the Audi Q5 SUV comes standard with an enhanced adaptive cruise control system that integrates adaptive cruise assist. This technology encompasses functions like traffic jam assistance and lane centering, contributing to both effortless driving and increased safety.
Additionally, the updated system will likely boast an improved traffic sign recognition feature, further enriching its assistive capabilities. The Q5 is also equipped with baseline driver-aid features such as automatic emergency braking and alerts for potential frontal collisions.
For insights into the Q5’s performance in crash tests, you can consult the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Notable safety specifications include:
- Built-in automatic emergency braking accompanied by forward-collision alerts
- Factory-standard blind-spot surveillance and warnings for rear cross-traffic
- Pre-installed adaptive cruise control paired with adaptive cruise assist
Again, these are mostly speculations, and we still expect confirmation from Audi.
The 2024 Audi Q5 Hybrid is definitely set to move the quality bar to new heights, so it is not surprising that countless SUV fans are waiting for its arrival. However, they will have to wait a bit more, at least until Audi provides an official release date.