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Audi Q5 Tow Hitch Installation – Audi Certified Service

Aug 14

As you all know the genuine Audi tow hitch is now available from your local Audi dealer. However I have had alot of requests for publication of the O.E.M (Original Equiptment Manufacturer) hitch installed. Genuine parts often take longer to become available due to the extensive research and development that goes into the product before it is released into the market. The build quality and craftsmanship of the Q5 trailer hitch is very nice as well as the instructions for the installation are well written. After watching a Audi Certified Technician install the Q5 trailer hitch I would not recommend attempting to install it yourself. The Q5 can tow 4,400 LBS (pounds) the highest in its class by far so this is a great Audi accessory to have. Also installation time is about four hours so make sure when you drop your Q5 off at the Service Department to give them plenty of time because this is a new procedure and the professional Audi Technicians will want to make sure the installation is 100%.
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Not impressed by the raw bumper edges. Doesn’t ‘look’ like a factory option should. Disappointing.

Audi should release a bumper add-on piece to cover the cut edges.

From Oz Q5 owner on August 17th, 2009

I am getting a 2010 Q5 soon but I want to add the trailer hitch and my dealer asked for $1600. Kind of expensive compared to the price to install a trailer hitch on a VW tiguan or Audi Q7
Is it a good deal?

From Warren on September 20th, 2009

Hi there!

Is there also a coding that needs to be done on the computer when a tow hitch is fitted? If so, is there any info on what it is?


From Chris Lauf on September 23rd, 2009

$1,600 is not to far off I know we install it for a little lees and with no sales tax in Oregon you can do pretty well. As far as pricing however this quote is about right.

From Scott Mitchell on September 24th, 2009

Yes after the tow hitch is installed coding will need to be performed so the vehicle can recognize the new accessory, this will have to be done at your local authorized Audi dealer.

From Scott Mitchell on September 24th, 2009

Is there anyway to install the hitch without damaging the rear bumper?

From Ivan on November 6th, 2009

You can, however the hitch is not a factory Audi part.

From Scott Mitchell on November 8th, 2009

I was just checking the rear bumper of my Q5 and I noticed that It actually already has the a a built in compartment-window meant for the tow-hitch. It has a couple of simple security knobs-screws which you turn to detach it.
Now that I see my Q5 have has already the space and the bumper won’t be cut, I’m more than willing to have the hitch install. I guess I’ll use it with the bike carrier accessory more than actually pulling a trailer

From Ivan on November 8th, 2009

Hello,If you do not the install the Factory Audi Hitch does that void the warranty.Meaning if I just went for an after market unit on the Q5
Thanks for your help

From Michael on December 6th, 2009


I recently installed Audi factory trailer hitch parts on my 2010 Q5. It seems the handling and acceleration has changed. The Q5 moved more agile and nimble before the installation of trailer hitch. Now, the car feels heavy and responds slower. Even the transmission is little jumpy. Is this normal? It seems like the settings on my Q5 has been changed. Is there any way to change the setting as it was prior to the installation?

From ken on January 6th, 2010

After installing the tow hitch on the Q5 the vehicle has to be adapted to this new accessory and that may change the driving characteristics. Call your Audi Service Department and ask if they performed the adaptation after installing the tow hitch and you will have your answer.

From Scott Mitchell on January 7th, 2010


I talked to the service department and they said they performed adaptation which includes changes in coolants circulation and ESP setting. They also said that they had not changed any settings on transmission nor engine. Is it possible that the changes in ESP setting alone change the driving characteristic that much? I am wondering if they could undo the adaptation since I would not tow my boat most of time.
Tahnk you.

From ken on January 7th, 2010

Is the software update available for a DYI or must we take it to the dealer? If it’s available, any idea where? If it’s not, any idea why not?

From Ponch on April 10th, 2010

on a 2010 factory installed towing package for the US, is there a pre-wired plug under the dash for a brake controller?

From TL Wright on April 20th, 2010

“Is the software update available for a DYI or must we take it to the dealer? If it’s available, any idea where? If it’s not, any idea why not?”

I found 4 locations to change using my VAG cable. 1 is security coded (ABS) which explains my ESP errors. This last one is required when coding your computer … I have a link to my install file on under poncherrelly.

From Ponch on April 20th, 2010

what is the most the Q5 can tow? i know it depends on a lot of things. and the diesel engine is not available where i live.

From Brent on November 30th, 2010

Towing capacity of the Q5 is 3,300 Pounds.

From Scott Mitchell on December 1st, 2010

How much should it cost for an Audi dealer to install this hitch, with out electric. We want to use for bike rack. We live in NYC. Thanks.

From peter on July 31st, 2011

I had my tow package installed at the factory…It has the electrical hookup. What I’d like to know…Was the wiring harness to the front driver’s side also installed and if so, where is the plug located for the brake controller? Somewhere behind the dash?

From Bob on December 18th, 2011

Is the black box the brake controller?

From Bob on December 20th, 2011

I agree that the look of the bumper after the installation look very unprofessional. Audi should defenetely find an other way to make the bumper look nicer! I was really disappointed to see that they cut it off with kind of cisor or something. I rejected to pour result and ask them to fix and straight up that edge! Hopefully will look better!

From Mel on July 30th, 2012

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