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Audi SUVs (Q7 & Q5) and other V6 TDIs Discussions area for Audi Q7 and Q5 TDI (2009+ in Canada & the US) as well as others with the V6 TDI such as the A6, A7 and A8 sedans.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 14:48   #16
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No, they are in dieselgate just like the Touareg.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 20:45   #17
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I drove a Q5 TDI followed by a Cayenne diesel after learning about my buyback amount for my 15 A3 TDI. Then I made a trip 45 minutes away to drive a 14 A8L TDI. After that I focused only on a facelifted 15-16 A8L TDI until I found the color and price that was right for me. The A8L TDI is an amazing car. The 3.0 liter TDI is an amazing motor regardless which vehicle it comes in. I still can't believe I am getting 38 highway mpg in such a huge heavy vehicle. When my dashboard says 780 mile range when I fill up always brings a smile to my face.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 14:33   #18
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Hi! Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 2011 Touareg TDI owner awaiting buyback. I couldn't face a future without diesel torque so I just purchased a 2015 Q5 TDI. I am confident that the 3.0l gen 2 fix will leave us in good shape. Also I am betting that good service on the TDI engine will be available either through my Audi dealer or third party mechanics in Knoxville, a city with several Euro-brand independent mechanics. That said, the generous buyback is what enables me to swap into the Q5, gaining four model years and losing 64000 odometer miles (from 72k to 8k)..
I'm thinking about the same move, from a '10 TDI with air suspension. Do you find much difference in ride or handling in the Q5 versus the Touareg? Did you consider a newer Touareg?

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Old September 23rd, 2017, 15:34   #19
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You’ll feel the difference going down from a large SUV to a midsize. On the one hand the Touareg is large, a bit slower in the corners, but unquestionably dependable in wet and snow. On the other hand the Q5 is faster, handles better, gets ridiculously better mileage, but smaller and doesn’t tow. For me, the Q5 drives better and is a more refined car. The smaller size and having to be a little more cautious in wet and snow were acceptable trade offs. I love my Q5 even more than I did my Treg.
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 18:10   #20
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Doesn't tow? I'm considering a Q5 TDI and am wondering about this statement. Is the problem the tail wagging the dog scenario with the shorter wheelbase cause it sounds like Q5's have the torque for it.

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Old September 26th, 2017, 20:56   #21
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The Q5 is capable of towing a modest load, 4500 lbs if I recall correctly. The Touareg has a tow rating of 7600 lbs and can tow a two slot horse trailer or a decent sized boat. Yes, the torque is there but if you drove both cars you’d sense the difference in vehicle weight, stability, and suspension.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 15:11   #22
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We have a 2014 Touareg TDI and a 2014 Q5 TDI. If I had to pick one vehicle to own it would be the Touareg hands down because it can do anything. However, if you ask my wife she would pick the Q5 because of it's nimble handling and power. They are similar, but two totally different cars. If you spend most of your time on the highway or in the city, the Q5 would be a good choice. If you want to use it for anything utility wise (towing, hauling, offroad driving) then I would go with the Touareg. It also has noticeably more interior room. On the flip side the Q5 is a beast, gets excellent mileage (35mpg on the highway), and the Bang and Olufsen stereo is awesome in the Audi!

I guess you could just be like us and get both! Lol

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Old October 5th, 2017, 03:52   #23
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We love our Q5 TDI’s. My wife and I both have one. The only issue that we’ve had was with the backup camera on both vehicles. I noticed that my wife’s camera stopped displaying in color so I took it to the dealership and they changed it. While it was there they checked a few others that were on the lot and they had the same issue. About a month later my Q5 had the same issue and the service manager told me that I was the first to bring one in for the issue, but they’d seen 10+ vehicles since then with the same issue.
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Old August 16th, 2018, 15:56   #24
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I'm in. Picked up a 2014 Audi Q5 TDI to replace the VW Jetta TDI. All I can say is WOW!
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Old August 16th, 2018, 19:02   #25
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I'm in. Picked up a 2014 Audi Q5 TDI to replace the VW Jetta TDI. All I can say is WOW!


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I'm in. Picked up a 2014 Audi Q5 TDI to replace the VW Jetta TDI. All I can say is WOW!
The smile will grow with time. I did the same thing two years ago and am still happy with the decision.

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Old August 21st, 2018, 21:43   #27
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Yep, plenty pleased. Just avg'd 30MPG on the last tank (manually calculated). Most impressed with the performance and the typical German cockpit bells and whistles--the thing is loaded!
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Old October 9th, 2018, 07:32   #28
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I drove a Q5 TDI followed by a Cayenne diesel after learning about my buyback amount for my 15 A3 TDI. Then I made a trip 45 minutes away to drive a 14 A8L TDI. After that I focused only on a facelifted 15-16 A8L TDI until I found the color and price that was right for me. The A8L TDI is an amazing car. The 3.0 liter TDI is an amazing motor regardless which vehicle it comes in. I still can't believe I am getting 38 highway mpg in such a huge heavy vehicle. When my dashboard says 780 mile range when I fill up always brings a smile to my face.
That was my struggle. I really WANT an A8tdi, but since we added a small farm to our list of things we need to take are of, the Q7 with great cargo area won out. Wife's '03 Jetta wagon will get a turn through the shop this winter (I hope) and I will add more boost, bigger injectors and more IC, plus take care of the ravages of 360k of hard use. I woship the simplicity of the ALH, and admit to be **** scared of all of the electronics/emissions crap on the 6 banger, but fools rush in.....
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You’ll feel the difference going down from a large SUV to a midsize. On the one hand the Touareg is large, a bit slower in the corners, but unquestionably dependable in wet and snow. On the other hand the Q5 is faster, handles better, gets ridiculously better mileage, but smaller and doesn’t tow. For me, the Q5 drives better and is a more refined car. The smaller size and having to be a little more cautious in wet and snow were acceptable trade offs. I love my Q5 even more than I did my Treg.
I'm in Socal so no experience with the Q5 in snow and very little with rain; so what's the issue with the Q5 in wet and snow? It's still AWD...
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Old October 9th, 2018, 17:10   #30
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I'm in Socal so no experience with the Q5 in snow and very little with rain; so what's the issue with the Q5 in wet and snow? It's still AWD...

The weight of the Touareg and the wider stance make it more surefooted in snow. Not that the Q5 is not stable, but this is another level. As for rain, since I changed tires my performance in rain has been excellent in the Q5.
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