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Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that applies some of the best features from the full-size Audi Q7 SUV and Audi's line of high-performance cars. The Q5 is the second model in Audi's Q line, and it stands out from other vehicles in the compact crossover market for several reasons.

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About the Audi Q5

Audi began production of the Q5 in 2008 at its facility in Inglostadt, Germany. It based the Q5 on its Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP), which had debuted in the 2007 Audi A5 coupe.

The Audi Q5 is best known for combining the safety and roominess of an SUV with the performance and handling of a car, albeit with an Audi twist. Audi's MMI infotainment system also stands out as one of the best user interfaces in the industry. The Audi Q5 has remained consistent, experiencing few changes since it was first introduced in 2008.

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Drivers will immediately notice that the Q5 offers plenty of interior room for passengers sitting in the front or back seats. Even though Audi designed the Q5 on the same platform as the A5 coupe, the vehicle still manages to retain the high-riding stance popular with crossovers and SUVs.

The Q5 has been noted for its powerful engine and reasonable fuel economy. Consumers can choose a four- or six-cylinder engine, both of which offer plenty of power on the road. (The 2.0T four-cylinder provides 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; the 3.2-liter V-6 offers 270 hp with 243 lb-ft of torque, both of which easily suit the needs of most drivers). The four-cylinder version gets an estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway. The six-cylinder version yields18/23 mpg city/highway.

Like most Audi vehicles, the Q5 has an impressive interior that will attract aficionados as well as casual observers. Audi seems to have considered just about every feature to make the Q5 a more comfortable, easy-to-operate vehicle. Some highlights of the interior design include backseats that recline and slide forward or backward, thus allowing passengers to choose configurations that offer the perfect posture and amount of legroom. The rear seats also fold down to create an extra 57 cubic feet of storage space when needed.

Although the Q5 has several uniquely impressive qualities, consumers will want to consider some of the negative aspects before deciding whether they want to pay the high price for an Audi compact crossover. Many drivers complain that the Audi Q5's electric steering system feels artificial and tends to feel heavy when traveling at low speeds. Some also claim that the Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls are poorly placed, making navigation difficult while driving. Choosing the navigation-equipped version of the Q5, however, solves this problem by conveniently placing controls near the shifter. Opting for the navigation-equipped version also offers a later version of Audi's MMI, which has a joystick that makes it even easier to browse menus and select functions.

These limited concerns do little to detract from the desirability of the Audi Q5. Audi clearly designed the Q5 to compete with top performers in its arena, such as the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3, both of which are priced within a few thousand dollars of the Q5.

Modern Audi Q5s

The 2012 Audi Q5 comes in four trim levels: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.2 Premium Plus, and 3.2 Prestige. The 2.0T Premium and 2.0T Premium Plus come with four-cylinder engines. These package levels also offer eight-way power front seats for ultimate comfort, a tri-zone climate control system, Bluetooth capability, satellite radio, automatic headlights and wipers, heated front seats, and an iPod interface. 2.0T Premium Plus comes with additional features that include a power tailgate, LED running lights, exterior mirrors with auto-dimming and power-folding features, and xenon headlights. Buyers choosing the Premium Plus level can opt for 19-inch wheels instead of the standard 18-inch wheels as well.

In addition to a slightly more powerful engine, the 3.2 Premium Plus boasts 19-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, and headlight washers. The 3.2 Prestige packs on the extras with adaptive headlights, the MMI Navigation Plus package, a blind spot warning system, an improved stereo system with 14 speakers, and even heated and cooled cup holders.

Select an Audi Q5 Year

2013 Audi Q5

Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad


The Audi Q5 was one of the last models to join the small luxury crossover sport utility vehicle fray, but it’s made the most of its short lifespan.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $28,111

MPG
18-30
Seats
5

2012 Audi Q5

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The turbocharged inline-4 introduced in 2011 continues to serve as the base engine for the Q5, while the 3.2-liter V-6 has become the range-topper. For 2012, V-6 models offer an S-line Plus package, adding 20-inch wheels and matte black exterior accents.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $26,487

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

2011 Audi Q5

SUV, Utility/Offroad


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $23,487

MPG
18-27
Seats
5

2010 Audi Q5
ESTIMATED RESALE: $22,331

MPG
18-23
Seats
5

2009 Audi Q5

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2009 Audi Q5 is a new five-passenger compact crossover SUV that is based on Audi’s larger Q7.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $20,276

MPG
18-23
Seats
5

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