Intro: Audi's 5-passenger Q5 delivers the same up-scale features and all-wheel drive capability of its Q7 full-size SUV, but in a compact crossover package.
Features: The Q5's spacious cabin boasts plush leather seating, Audi's AM/FM/MP3/CD MMI concert radio with ten speakers, Sirius satellite radio with three months of complimentary service and over 57 cubic feet of cargo room. For on-road driving, Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive sends power from the front to rear wheels for improved handling, while off-road driving is aided by front and rear electronically locking differentials.
Performance: New for 2011 is the base turbocharged 2-liter inline-4, sending 211 horsepower through an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Up-rated models get a 3.2-liter V6 sending 270 horsepower through a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic. Both engines route power to Quattro all-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Audi Q5 is $35,200. A V6 model starts at $42,500. The Q5 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With sharp styling, an attractive and versatile cabin, and the road hugging prowess of Quattro all-wheel drive, the 2011 Q5 gives Audi a strong competitor in the ever-growing compact luxury-crossover marketplace.