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Article: Audi Q5/SQ5 Evolution | 2009-2024

Audi Q5/SQ5 Evolution | 2009-2024

Audi Q5/SQ5 Evolution | 2009-2024

Audi Q5 Evolution

The Audi Q5 is one of the most popular Audi models in North America and Canada. First released in 2008 with the 8R model, the Q5 continues to be a top seller among many Audi fans.

For those curious about the release of the RSQ5, we're here to clarify that it never made it to production. In short, Audi never brought the RSQ5 to market. However, there are plenty of modifications available to enhance the appearance and performance of your Q5/SQ5.

Before we get into that let’s take a closer look at the available Q5/SQ5 models out there.

Audi Q5 Generations All Model Years

Audi Q5 8R | First Generation | 2009-2012

The first Audi Q5 came out in the US in 2009. It had one engine option: a 270-horsepower V6. It also had all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.In addition to the 3.2L V6 engine, Audi targeted a broader audience in the following years by offering smaller engines, featuring 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engines.

If you’re looking to get your first generation Audi Q5 modded consider our 2009-2012 Q5 Parts and Accessories. We got everything you might need, from 2009-2012 RQ5 honeycomb grille, to upgraded heat exchangers, cold air intakes and more. If you want your first gen Q5 to sound better and drive faster you can’t go wrong with our 2.0T Downpipe.

More parts and accessories for the 2009-2012 Q5/SQ5

Here is a breakdown of the trims and engines for the first generation Audi Q5

Trim

Engine

Transmission

Drivetrain

8R 2.0T Premium Quattro

2.0L Inline-4 Gas

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R 2.0T Premium Plus Quattro

2.0L Inline-4 Gas

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R 3.2 Premium Quattro

3.2L V6 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R 3.2 Premium Plus Quattro

3.2L V6 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R 3.2 Prestige Quattro

3.2L V6 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

AWD

Audi Q5 8R.5 | First Generation Facelift | 2013-2017

As each year went by, Audi kept improving the Q5 lineup, giving buyers more choices. By the time they refreshed the car for the 2013 model year, it came with three different powertrain options. The starting engine was a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 211 horsepower. Then, there was a hybrid version of the same engine with 245 horsepower, and finally, a supercharged 3.0L V6 with 272 horsepower. All-wheel drive was still included as standard, but now it came with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Here at Canadian Auto Performance we’re big fans of the 3.0T supercharged engine. It has its flaws, which we have talked about here, but overall it’s a great sounding engine and a reliable one if you keep up with maintenance in time.

Related: Common Issues With Audi 3.0T Supercharged Engine

The 8R.5 is one of the cheapest and most reliable options to go if you’re looking to get your hands into a used mid-sized SUV. Especially with the SQ5 you get bigger breaks, better interior colors and exterior looks.

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Nevertheless, if you’re looking to mod your Q5 or SQ5 CAP is here to save the day. As a first mod everyone goes with our 2013-2017 RSQ5 Honeycomb Grille. For better performance, especially if you have the 3.0T engine we highly recommend getting the test pipes if you’re having issues with your cats and the heat exchanger for better peak performance.

2013-2017 8R.5 B8.5 Audi Q5 CAP Front Bumper | B8.5 RS RSQ5 Style

If you want a more aggressive front end, our RSQ5 front bumper is crafted solely for that. Let the picture talk for themselves.

More parts and accessories for your 2013-2017 Q5/SQ5.

Here is a breakdown of the trims and engines for the first generation facelifted Audi Q5

Trim

Engine

Transmission

Drivetrain

8R.5 2.0T Premium Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4 

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R.5 2.0T Premium Plus Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4 

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R.5 3.0T Prestige Quattro

3.0L Supercharged V6 

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R.5 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro

3.0L Supercharged V6

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R.5 TDI Premium Plus Quattro

3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel

8-Speed Automatic

AWD

8R.5 TDI Prestige Quattro

3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel

8-Speed Automatic

AWD


Audi Q5 FY/B9 | Second Generation | 2018-2020

Introduced in 2018, the Audi Q5 is a top-notch compact crossover known for its speed, comfort, and tech features. It follows the footsteps of its predecessor, the best-selling Q5 SUV. Although it only offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 252 horsepower, it's surprisingly quick compared to some rivals with bigger engines. Inside, the Q5 boasts a stylish and well-equipped interior.

This model year of the Q5 is considered a masterpiece, requiring little enhancement to improve its appearance. Some enthusiasts opt for additions like a honeycomb grille and carbon fiber mirrors to further elevate its aesthetic appeal.

More parts and accessories for the 2018-2020 Q5, SQ5

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Here is a breakdown of the trims and engines for the second generation Audi Q5

Engine

Transmission

Drivetrain

2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas

7-Speed Automatic

AWD



Audi Q5 FY.5/B9.5 | Second Generation Facelift | 2021 - 2024

The introduction of the Q5 Sportback in 2021 is like the cherry on top, marking the latest generation of the Q5 lineup. This sleek addition perfectly complements the traditional Q5 with its fastback design. Audi has also given the classic Q5 a makeover, aligning its style with the latest trends in the automotive world. They've revamped the grille, updated the wheel designs, and modernized the lighting elements, adding a touch of sophistication to every detail.

Furthermore, the 2021 models boast some exciting updates under the hood too. The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now packs a punch with 261 horsepower, providing a boost in performance.

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Here is a breakdown of the trims and engines for the second generation facelifted Audi Q5

Trim

Engine

Transmission

Drivetrain

FY.5/B9.5 Prestige 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 Premium Plus 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 Premium 40 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 Prestige 40 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 Premium Plus 40 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 S line Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 S line Prestige 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD

FY.5/B9.5 S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI Quattro

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

7-Speed Automatic

AWD



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