Notes: Consumer Reports said the 2012-14 Q5 ranks "very good" for reliability, and so far our numbers show it's hard to argue with that. Just know that you might have a tough time keeping the car straight on the highway.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,667 miles

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2013 Audi Q5 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2013 Audi Q5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 222015


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Audi Q5. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, the brakes seized as the parking brake warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, where the vehicle was diagnosed that the emergency brake switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 32,000.

- Vadnais Heights, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 052014


  • 7,000 miles
Severe brake squeeling when backing up and moving forward at low speeds. Progressively getting worse. Dealer has tried several fixes (cleaning) to no avail. My concern (other than the hurting the ears of by standers) is further brake performance degradation.

- Des Peres, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 052014

Q5 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
I was traveling on the interstate and had to brake. As soon as I hit the brake pedal it fell to the floor and I fortunately was able to swerve to the shoulder and after hitting the brakes a few times them came back. About a week later my wife and kids experienced the same issue, again avoiding an accident. This seems like a common problem with posts on Audi forum. They offered an extension on the vehicle warranty but that doesn't prevent someone getting killed due to malfunctioning brakes.

- Swanton, OH, USA

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