The Audi Q5 really got noticed in early 2009 and has been getting many new upgrades and features added to its arsenal of midsized SUV goodness. The new body style and other cosmetic changes have made this model a shoe in for the top in its class. The slightly smaller and more efficient model that is currently being sold offers a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. This is not a heavy duty SUV and only has 211 horsepower to its name.
The small price tag on the Q5 make it highly affordable and this is what makes it so popular with many looking for a entry level SUV that offers some of the extra luxury features not found on models from other companies.
The interior of the Audi Q5 is designed very intelligently and offers a surprising amount of storage and leg room for all the passengers, but other models in this class still seem to have more. Mildly lacking in overall interior space and needing a couple more inches of clearance, the A5 still offers a great overall value.
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 3.2L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 8-speed automatic
Models: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige
Audi's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is new to the Q5 for 2011, along with its 8-speed automatic transmission. V-6 models get the sporty S Line bodywork and 19-inch wheels standard and top-trim V-6 models get adaptive headlights. HD Radio has been added to the navigation system while the 6-disc CD changer is gone. A 20-inch wheel option is also no more, but the Q5 picks up a new exterior color, Teak Brown.
The 2011 Audi Q5 is a clean, stylish crossover modeled closely after the larger Q7. Ground clearance is average for the class though the towing capacity and wheelbase are at the top of the segment.
The Q5 carries a rich, upscale interior befitting the marquee. The long wheelbase model offers rear-seat legroom at the top of the class but doesn't translate to cargo volume, which trails the competition. Interior space is on par with the segment leaders.
Performance & Handling
For 2011, the Audi Q5 picks up the company's hardest working engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 211horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Those seeking a bit more can opt for a 3.2-liter V-6 with 270 horsepower and 243 lb-ft. The new four-cylinder gets an 8-speed automatic transmission while the V-6 sticks with a 6-speed automatic. Either way, power sees the ground through Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.
Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, as are side impact thorax bags for front seat passengers and front and rear head curtain bags. Electronic safety devices include standard Traction Control, and Stability Control.
EPA Fuel Economy
I-4: 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway
V-6: 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway
- Great styling
- New engine and transmission
- Sliding rear seat
- Good use of interior space
- Surprisingly good off-road
You Won't Like
- Restricted rear seat legroom
- Pricey end of the segment
Near the head of the pack
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