2009 Audi Q5 Premium Plus Review Car Reviews

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Audi wants a piece of the pie


1. The Q5 is offered just one engine and one transmission, a 3.2-liter V6 and a 6-speed Tiptronic.

2. is late to the game with the Q5, against the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK350, EX35, Acura RDX and Lexus

3. The Q5 is rated to tow 4,400 lbs and boasts cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats

Crossovers have become a transition from the truck SUVs of the last 20 years, most drivers finally that driving around in an expensive vehicle built off a platform wasn’t as much fun as it And truth be told, most who bought them were going to tow a boat or horse and never going to take vehicle into the wild to streams, climb rocks, or do the 1000.

Crossovers satisfy the for a larger cargo area a standard car’s trunk, a seating position to see the road and a somewhat more rugged to the vehicle that says male enhancement, or “soccer Mom not on

The Audi Q5 3.2 is one of the luxury crossovers, off the A4 platform, and competes with the of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK350, Lexus and, my favorite, the Infiniti The Audi is stylish, powerful and and by comparison, it competes quite


The Q5 is by a six-cylinder 3.2-liter V6 that 270 horsepower, and 243 ft-lbs of torque at rpm, which moves the pound vehicle away stop lights, and in two-lane situations quite briskly. The Tiptronic transmission is excellent. The are immediate at every point in the rev and it keeps the Q5 revs up so that you up-shift, you’re ready to up the tach needle without any And the power comes on smoothly and

It wouldn’t be my first choice for carving, but for a vehicle of this it is still a blast to drive and with confidence.

It’s a fuel-efficient engine, as I got 27 mpg on the highway (4 mpg than the EPA rating). City was right on par with the EPA’s 18


My test car came with the $2,950 Audi Drive system. It has a push button for Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and The system controls the throttle the shift points, the steering and the shock settings. Comfort and settings are self-explanatory.

The Dynamic setting deadens, but fully disengage, the stability and controls to give the driver road feel. And the Individual allows the driver to set the controls for the ride quality and shift individually to tailor the driving to his liking. I suppose this would be useful in a sports or coupe, but it seems a bit much for a like this since nobody’s first choice for a of autocrossing.

I found myself Comfort or Auto in my real driving and was quite happy the luxury ride comfort on the and rural roads with bad yet I was still impressed with the cornering, quick steering and little front end dive hard braking. And speaking of the – they’re wonderful; a great of sure stopping power excellent pedal feel and

Still, for the budget conscious, Drive Select would be an I’d pass on.

The seamless all-wheel-drive system will be a great in the snow belt, and for those one might take the Q5 off pavement. And if all TV commercials make you want to up a mountain, there is a hill button to let you drive down the side without a big lump in throat. You can add in the stability control, control, and ABS, and know Audi has all the electronic technological you can ever want.


The cabin oozes luxury and head and shoulders above the BMW X3 and on par the Infiniti and Lexus models. The leather seats are wide and the leather wrapped steering feels just right in hands and has easy to use controls for the and radio. The dash is nicely and has attractive wood accents to those on the doors and surrounding the console. There are cupholders in of the console and each large pocket in the doors accommodates a bottle of water.

Like its from Volkswagen, the Audi has strikingly illuminated interior for easy visibility (and use) during night

The car is equipped with full climate controls for the front passengers and a separate control for the They are easy to use and the entire stack is well designed. My had the $3,000 Navigation Package, includes the voice-command GPS system, camera and park-assist radar, driver info system, and a player. The navigation system is it’s intuitive, and fairly to use, especially when you add the commands for the GPS and phone use.

If an owner takes the time to the system well, the use of a cell and the navigation system will be less distracting than those items by pushing a lot of

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Rear seating room is for legroom, shoulder room, and By comparison, the Mercedes and BMW feel


My Q5 was the Premium Plus and is priced at $41,500; that’s more than the base Included is a Panorama Sunroof runs almost the full of the roof, with the front sliding back. This roof brightens the cabin and it a spacious, open feeling. An sliding mesh sunshield can the sun’s rays off you; yet allow the roof to be open, so you get the air.

Well done.

Premium Plus Package includes Xenon headlights, seats with memory, outside and rearview mirrors, and Bluetooth integration, and a power Oddly, you can open the tailgate the key fob, but can’t close it the fob. There is a button on the itself to close it electrically. The area is large and elegantly with flush mounted tie-down rings, and it’s carpeted.

There are releases for the rear to fold flat, but I must I wished for the system on the Infiniti lowers and raises the seats

Speaking of the key fob, this huge, and must be inserted the dash to start the vehicle. “Advance Key” keyless system, with a push start, comes standard on the model, which is significantly at $48,200. Note to Audi: a smaller fob that I can leave in my and make the keyless entry

The outside mirrors are huge, it’s easy to see what’s you but in terms of forward view actually block the driver’s view angle. Each has a indicator light to let you know the turn signals are flashing but if you the lane avoidance system lets you know if there is a car in blind spot. It would be if that feature came too, which would let Audi make significantly mirrors.

The Q5 starts at $37,200, and with the packages I’ve mentioned, to $48,750. That’s a stiff and similar to the BMW X3, but several thousand than a comparably equipped EX35.


I liked Audi a lot, and much than I thought I would. It itself from the other offerings by being much user friendly and comfort Rather than having handling German road and jarring ride quality, the pampers you with a well ride and still manages to up under hard driving without understeer and or a sloppy

Overall, I’d place the Q5 even the Infiniti on my hit parade, far ahead of its rivals.

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