INTRO: Aiming to be the benchmark in the 5-passenger SUV marketplace, the 2012 Audi Q5 delivers all-wheel drive utility and an upscale array of features in trims appropriately named Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
FEATURES: Highlights of the Q5's plush and roomy cabin include wood inlays, leather seating with 12-way power adjustable front-seats and AM/FM/CD/MP3 concert sound. Upper trims receive an advanced music interface with iPod/iPhone integration. Rear seats fold flat to provide over 57 cubic feet of cargo space.
PERFORMANCE: Base engine for the Q5 is a turbocharged 2-liter inline-4, sending 211 horsepower through an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Up-rated models get a 270 horsepower 3.2-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Audi Q5 is $35,600. A V6 model starts at $43,000. The Q5 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Upscale styling, a versatile interior and road-hugging Quattro all-wheel drive make the 2012 Audi Q5 a leader among luxury SUV's.