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Old 01-13-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Drinking too much gas on 2014 Q5 3.0T?

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I was the owner of 2013 Audi Q5 3.0T Prestige until it got into an accident and the auto insurance replaced my vehicle with brand new 2014 Audi Q5 30.T Prestige few months ago.

I noticed with my previous 2013 Audi Q5 3.0T, I could reach 350~450 miles with full tank no problem when driven on the highway(From Boston to New York for example).

Now with my 2014 Audi Q5, I am barely reaching 300 miles before the car tells me to refill the gas. I have tried going to White Mountains in the north which is around 3 hours drive(average speed of 55mph), and I had to refill my gas on the way back.

I have now driven 2014 Audi Q5 for about 2700 miles, and I am starting to be a bit worried. Is everyone else getting 250~300 miles for 50 city/50 highway? I used to reach 300 miles easily with 2013 Audi Q5 and now I am looking at the gas reading meter everytime.
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break in the car. it should be fine after.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Yup, the car needs to break-in, and there's always an fuel economy penalty in the winter. There are no difference between your current and previous vehicles.
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OR perhaps your fuel gauge is off? Does the fill amount seem to correlate well with the gauge reading?
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I have already driven 2600 miles on it. Break in period shouldn't be that long.

I think I will check with Audi although they probably will deny there is any problem even if there was one.
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My wife has about 3200 on hers. In a rough 50/50 mix, it is about 10 gals for 170 miles. Roughly 340 miles per tank. (I fill the car up every weekend so that I can drive it )

Wife drives it in D and her foot is only moderately heavy.

Over the holidays we drove 320 miles for about 15 gals. I would guess a little over 400 miles on mostly highway driving per tank (@ 77 mph). (not as specific as Mark P, but the numbers are good)
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I forgot to mention that I fill up with 93 from the QT. 91 is not available there.
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While not an exact comparison, I'm getting pretty poor mileage on my new SQ5 as well. The on board computer is stating about 11 mpg average and my true calcs on the first 2 fill ups confirms that number. I too am hoping for a bump in mileage once broken in (only have just over 300 miles so far) and perhaps once the "winter blend" is out of the pumps.
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I get 280miles per 12gals. I usually don't go all the way to empty but mine is a 2.0T lol
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What type of tires did you have on your last q5.

Did they both have the 20" summer tires?
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My previous 2013 Audi Q5 prestige had all season tires, just like my current Q5.

They are both exactly the same, except the year.

I don't drive harsh at all. In fact, I'm more of a safe driver who doesn't like pushing the car around alot.

The climate here isn't great and roads aren't great either, but I do see quite a difference in my previous Q5 and current Q5, or I'm being too sensitive about it I'm not sure.

I'll drive a bit more and see if anything changes.
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My previous 2013 Audi Q5 prestige had all season tires, just like my current Q5.

They are both exactly the same, except the year.

I don't drive harsh at all. In fact, I'm more of a safe driver who doesn't like pushing the car around alot.

The climate here isn't great and roads aren't great either, but I do see quite a difference in my previous Q5 and current Q5, or I'm being too sensitive about it I'm not sure.

I'll drive a bit more and see if anything changes.
have you done your first oil change?
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I think one poster might have it right with the weather being a cause. I have noticed that I can't get the same MPG on my commute since prior to Thanksgiving that I was getting all spring-summer-into fall. Even during the Holidays when there was hardly any traffic I still couldn't get the same average I was getting in the summer. I just figured it was because of the weather even though it hasn't been to bad most days. I would say I have lost about 2-6 mpgs depending on the day than what I used to average. Also some states also change their "fuel formula" for winter which also could have an impact on MPG.
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Admittedly, I'm in Canada, and it's been a relatively bad winter so far, but I'm seeing (estimating) an 10-15% decrease in mileage since breaking in our Q5 last spring.
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I notice a huge DROP in efficiency between November and March here in NJ. During this period the NJ state environ"mental midgets" require a different formulation that most engines do not like.
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I notice a huge DROP in efficiency between November and March here in NJ. During this period the NJ state environ"mental midgets" require a different formulation that most engines do not like.
We get winter blend gas in IL too and gas mileage dips during the winter period.
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Winter period causes mpg to fall? That's new for me. I will do little research on that.

One thing I did read online is that poor oil may lead to bad mileage.

I'm even beginning to wonder if they put normal oil instead of quality synthetic oil into my Q5. I didn't put the first engine oil, Audi dealer shop did, and from what I know I shouldn't change oil until the first service, no matter what. Is this true? Should I just go ahead and change oil to see if it's any better?

I hope this isn't true, but what if Audi dealer put in normal engine oil? Would that damage my engine and cause mpg to go down?
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Are saying that the oil in the vehicle hasn't been changed since it was delivered new? If that's the case, then it would have been filled at the factory and not at the dealership. If it was filled at the factory there is little doubt that it isn't the correct synthetic.
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Winter period causes mpg to fall? That's new for me. I will do little research on that.
My F150 owner's manual even says states so. I have noticed that anything below 50F and the MPGs start falling off. I have theorized it has to do with the Cold air and the whole reason why people put Cold air intakes on their vehicles.
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