We have noticed that a common question amongst Audi consumers is what the Audi Q5’s towing capacity is. Therefore, in this short article we will be covering just that, and some more Q5 information that may be found helpful, such as performance and other driving features. The two model years we will be focusing on are the 2022 and 2023 Audi Q5’s. We will also be covering the SQ5 as we see this could be of value. The SQ5 is the sport variant of the Q5. We’ll go more into that below.
What is Towing Capacity?
First off, let’s explain what towing capacity is exactly. Towing capacity is the max amount of weight a vehicle can safely, and legally, pull. So, for example, let’s say a vehicle has a towing capacity of 2,500 lbs. That would mean 2,500 lbs is the maximum weight said vehicle can safely, and legally, pull. There are many factors that go into towing capacity, such as how much weight the vehicle is carrying inside and how the weight of the load is distributed. The way manufacturers calculate the maximum towing capacity of a vehicle is by subtracting the GCVW (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight) by the Curb Weight.
There is another important term that people may see when looking for towing capacity and that is payload capacity. Payload capacity is the max amount of weight a vehicle can store in the cabin and bed, if it’s a truck.
Audi Q5 Towing Capacity
So let’s get into it, the 2022 and 2023 model year Audi Q5 and SQ5 both have a towing capacity of 4,400lb, which is actually pretty decent when you compare that to its competitors. The Audi Q5/SQ5 places top 5 in both model years for most towing capacity. There are four different driving modes that satisfy the needs of the consumer: Dynamic, Comfort, Auto, and Individual. If you are looking to tow, dynamic or individual, is going to be the modes most used.
Dynamic mode allows for precise control and responsiveness is a priority. Dampening is stiffened, ride height is lowered, throttle response is increased with higher RPM shifts, and steering is stiffened. The individual driving mode allows for the consumer to completely customize their driving experience and needs.
What Can the Audi Q5 Tow?
The point of this section is to give a visual representation of things the Q5 can safely, and legally, tow.
- Teardrop or an A-frame camper
- Small traveler trailer
- Fishing boat
Therefore, based on the examples above, an Audi Q5 can tow more than people would think.
Audi Q5 Performance
For the 2022 and 2023 model year, the Audi Q5 offered three different engines: a 40 TFSI, 45 TFSI, and a 55 TFSI hybrid. The 40 TFSI, 2.0T TFSI, engine puts out 201hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The 45 TFSI, which is also a 2.0T TFSI, engine puts out 261hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the 55 TFSI hybrid, which is a 2.0T TFSI + an electric motor engine puts out 362hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. All three engines are equipped with Audi’s Quattro® AWD technology and a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The 45 TFSI has a towing capacity of 4,400 lbs, however, the 55 TFSI only has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. So that is something to take into consideration if towing capacity is needed.
Audi SQ5 Performance
Like the Q5, the SQ5 had the same engine in 2022 as it does in 2023. Therefore, this engine is a bigger 3.0 TFSI engine that puts out 349hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also equipped with Audi’s Quattro® AWD technology, but comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As stated above, the Audi SQ5 also has a towing capacity of 4,400 lbs.
Audi Q5 Towing Capacity Conclusion
We hope the information above assisted you in answering the following question: “What is the Audi Q5 Towing Capacity?” In short, the Audi Q5 and SQ5 each have a towing capacity of up to 4,400 lbs. That should be enough for what most people need it for. If you are reading this and happen to have first-hand experience with towing something behind your Audi Q5, please let us, and future readers, know what it was you were towing and how it went!
If you are looking for more Audi Q5 content, here is an article on The 5 Most Common Audi Q5 Engine Problems.