The Q5, introduced for 2009, competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.2-liter V-6.
New for 2012
An S Line Plus Package for V-6 models includes 20-inch wheels in a titanium finish and matte black roof rails and window surrounds.
A resemblance to the larger Audi Q7 is evident, but the Q5 also looks like a Volkswagen Tiguan dressed up for a night on the town, though the Q5 is larger than the compact VW crossover. Aluminum trim and LED taillights are standard. Exterior features include:
Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
Heated mirrors standard
Standard roof rack
Available adaptive headlights
Available power liftgate
The five-seat Q5 has the interior luxury for which Audi is revered. Heated and ventilated seats are available. The Q5 is available with the third generation of Audi's Multi Media Interface, a multifunction controller. The optional hard-drive-based navigation system offers real-time traffic information. Interior features include:
Standard leather upholstery
Optional ash-wood inlays
Optional Bang & Olufsen stereo
Under the Hood
Engine choices are a 211-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 270-hp, 3.2-liter V-6. The four-cylinder teams with an eight-speed automatic; the V-6 drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:
Engines use premium gas
Standard Quattro all-wheel drive
Available adaptive suspension
The Q5 offers several active safety features, the most notable of which is Braking Guard. It uses the available adaptive cruise control's radar to monitor the space in front. If it closes in on another vehicle or object, it alerts the driver first with a sound and warning lights, then by jabbing the brake momentarily.
Other safety options include a blind spot warning system and a backup camera. The optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights swivel in the direction of a turn and automatically switch between low and high beams, based on traffic conditions. Safety features include:
Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags for both rows of seats