EPA estimates for the 2013 Audi Q5 small crossover are available, but return rather disappointing results.
Angling to improve it’s small crossover’s fuel economy, Audi axed the 3.2-liter V6-powered Q5 for 2013 and replaced it with hybrid and diesel drivetrains. The EPA has yet to test the diesel version, which will arrive in the U.S. market in summer of 2013, but the hybrid scores 24 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
While that’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it falls short of others like the 2012 Lexus RX450h. Lexus’ take on the hybrid crossover trend returns 30 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway for the all-wheel drive model.
What’s more, the Q5 hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that offers 241 hp which falls short of the Lexus.
Audi claims the diesel drivetrain will be good for a combined 37 mpg, but those numbers are also based on the less-than-credible European cycle.