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2012 Audi Q5 3.2 Premium Plus SUV

2012 Audi Q5 Review

(0 Stars)  Great four, decent six.

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Overview
Audi was late to the crossover party, so we didn't get the Q5 until the 2010 model year. Since then, the Q5 has found a nice place for itself in the market. It's a more compelling overall package than the larger Q7 and is far more efficient thanks to its better packaging and considerably lighter weight (it weighs more than half a ton less). The Q5 was launched with a 3.2-liter V-6 as its only powerplant, but Audi added a turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine last year. We have long suspected that Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 and a diesel V-6 would join the lineup, but they have yet to make an appearance. Still, the Q5 impresses with the usual Audi high style inside and out. It also contains lots of high-tech gadgetry, including a lane-departure warning system, stability control that's smart enough to compensate for a loaded roof rack, and a heated and cooled cupholder for those who want to coddle their Starbucks mug. The Q5 has an adaptive suspension that allows sporty handling without the usual kidney-pounding ride. Audi's Drive Select lets the driver tailor the car's responses (damper, throttle, and steering settings) to his preferences. While in theory it's nice to have that customizability, we often find that, in reality, none of the Q5's settings is as pleasing as one good, cohesive setup would have been. Still, the Q5 is a nice crossover wrapped in distinctive skin.

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2012 Q5 3.2 Premium Plus Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.2L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 396 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
19.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 270 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 243 ft lb of torque @ 3,000 rpm

'12 Audi 3.2 Premium Plus SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Panorama roof
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Net
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Hitch
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