The Worst 2018-2020 Q5 Problems

Busted Timing Chains

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Audi's EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems in its timing chain. The loose chain is to blame for multiple occurances of catastrophic engine failure. Audi was forced to offer settlement offers, including an extended war…

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Start-Stop Defects

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There are multiple problems with Audi's start-stop technology that outweigh the modest fuel efficiency gains. Owners complain that the system will shut off the power steering and brake systems at dangerous times and cause the accelerat The …

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

Timeline of 2nd Generation Q5 News

By the Numbers

  1. 3 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 7 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 24th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 39 eligible generations.