Audi added the Q5 to its lineup in 2009, following the Q7 and expanding its lineup of crossover vehicles. For the 2014 model year, the Q5 can be had with a choice of four different engines: four-cylinder, gasoline V-6, hybrid, and diesel V-6.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

As a medium-sized crossover, the Q5 seats five and has room left over for a decent amount of cargo space. The exterior design is fairly mundane, built around the needs of the interior space.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

This model featured a huge TDI logo on the side, helping to advertise Audi's diesel efforts. That logo is not mandatory.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The edges around the rear are nicely rounded, but the almost vertical rear plane makes for a healthy amount of cargo space.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

As is typical with crossovers, the rear seats fold down to offer more cargo area, taking the cubic feet from 29.1 to 57.3.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

The TDI model comes standard with Quattro, Audi's all-wheel-drive system.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

Panoramic sunroofs have become very popular in crossovers and wagons.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

Audi's grille covers a good portion of the front of the car, dropping over the bumper. Thin LED strips border the headlights.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

The rear-quarter visibility is limited, but the car can be optioned with a blind-spot monitor.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

The 3-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

To meet emissions requirements, the Audi Q5 TDI's exhaust system uses a liquid called AdBlue.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

Audi is classified and priced as a premium brand, an attribute reflected in the cabin.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

This satin-finish wood trim has a very nice look, and lets passengers feel the wood grain.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

Optional in the cabin is the navigation system with LCD, which Audi calls MMI Navigation Plus.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

Although the cabin offers very advanced electronics, Audi only allows a few buttons on the steering-wheel spokes.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

The transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

This dial and its surrounding buttons control all the onscreen content.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

The navigation system integrates imagery from Google Earth, letting you see the area you're driving through with a photographic representation.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET

A recent feature of the navigation system shows which parking garages have available space.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Josh Miller/CNET
Up Next

Six generations of the Ford Mustang (pictures)