Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi Q5 4x4?
Check for bodywork scuffs from car parking in urban areas, and for kerb damage to the alloy wheels. Also check that all seats operate as they should, and the tailgate works correctly.
Other than that, the Q5 is too new for it to have accumulated any data on various problem areas. The old model was known to suffer with some automatic gearbox failures, and oil consumption on the petrol-engined cars could be high.
The passenger airbag in some examples made between 1 June and 31 July 2017 might not deploy correctly in a collision because the bag itself snags on structures inside the dashboard. To fix this issue, the whole dashboard will need to be replaced at an Audi dealership.
Faulty backrest adjuster
The front seats of some Q5s built between 29 June and 6 July 2020 could have an issue with the backrest adjuster. Find out from your local dealer if your car is affected by this because it'll need to be inspected and have the backrest replaced if necessary.
Mild hybrid starter motor and alternator
Moisture has been found to get into the combined starter motor and alternator of mild-hybrid equipped Q5 models made between 1 June 2017 and 31 March 2020. Your Audi dealer will be able to find out if your car is one of those affected by this and schedule to have this recall carried out.