2010 Audi Q5 Automobile Magazine

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2010 Audi Q5 Review

SRX has grown beyond its sporty pretensions and is now targeting the heart of the crossover market. The strategy to be working, as it’s already much better than the model (which, we should won a few Automobile Magazine All-Star in its time), and yet, it seems isn’t quite ready to up on having some high-roof To that end, the premium featured here has ditched the base 3.0-liter V-6 and standard configuration in favor of a turbocharged, V-6 producing 300 hp and torque-vectoring all-wheel — the same setup in the Saab 9-3 Aero and Opel OPC.

Given these specs, we thought it was time to the SRX against the best in its class, in our estimation, means the Audi Q5. The Q5 won our crossover shootout last and has since become a well-regarded of our Four Seasons fleet for its demeanor, handsome exterior, yes, Audi-like interior. it have what it takes to off the brasher and more powerful

Read on for our impressions.

Eyes on me

has risen from something of an to a luxury leader over the decade thanks largely to its design language. The Q5 continues winning streak, successfully down the shape of the handsome Q7 and high-dollar cues like LED running lamps. Of course, has enjoyed a design renaissance of its own in years and hasn’t let up with the

From some angles the can appear a bit busy, but overall, the angular design does a job of visually shrinking a vehicle actually eight inches and more than an inch than the Q5. Really, there’s no choice here — crossovers carry out the distinct, language of their brand being stale — but give the slight edge to the Cadillac.

Interiors should be not heard

Of course, luxury trade more on the design of interiors. Traditionally, this have been an easy, advantage for Audi. And yet, about the cabins of each it’s hard to declare a straightaway. To be sure, the Q5 is laid out and to the brand’s typically high but the SRX, for its part, will familiar to anyone who’s sat in a and that’s a good thing. materials are hard to fault,

Both of our test vehicles equipped with all manner of conveniences, along with sunroofs, and the pricier Cadillac a rear-seat entertainment system. The of buttons and a displays that up Audi’s latest Man-Machine [MMI] look impressive, but if ego can handle asking for directions, OnStar-backed system will at the of one button connect you with a who can find just about any of interest and beam them to nav screen. (OnStar is free for the year, and then costs annually).

Which vehicle is comfortable depends entirely on how passengers you intend on bringing Though the Q5 is the smaller vehicle, actually more comfortable for one or two in back thanks to the deeply front seatbacks. It’s when loaded with passengers that the Cadillac its size advantage, and its flat floor makes the middle seat far more livable the kids-only middle seat in the Q5.

goods into either is a synch, thanks to their power liftgates and underfloor compartments. The SRX has an ultimate cargo advantage of nearly four feet when the second-row are folded.

So, the SRX interior looks about as has a more intuitive nav system, in the real world, can cart more people and goods. And everyone who spent time in vehicles agreed the Audi had far and the better interior. Before you a comment accusing us of being sycophants, consider one word or, specifically, one onomatopoeia: squeak.

the SRX over a rough stretch of and all manner of odd noises will you that this Cadillac, in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, use some more attention in the fit and department. The Q5, on the other hand, the perfection we’ve come to from Audis when it to the precision of every gap and the utter in which it shrugs off even the teeth chattering of potholes. The cabin might make as good a first impression its attractive design and terrific but given a choice of which we’d prefer to live over the long haul, on rutted Midwestern roads, no question — Audi

Out German the Germans

We fully the SRX to get blown away in terms of dynamics by the excellent Q5, but again, it put up a fight than we anticipated. For it has better steering, thanks to a smooth ZF rack that’s far natural than the Q5’s ambitious variable-effort setup, at times feels as if someone is fighting with you for control of the GM engineers have also to out German the Germans in terms of the tuning, as the SRX both rides and is less prone to body than the Q5, which is itself a buttoned down crossover. of the credit goes to the SRX’s electronic limited-slip differential, can instantly transfer torque front to back and between the wheels. This helps the SRX out of turns where the Q5 takes a yet definite lean.

We must note that the was wearing snow tires the SRX’s all-seasons, and that our Q5 the optional Drive Select, brings on adjustable dampers and effort. Still, the fact Cadillac has baked enough into its crossover to outdance an is impressive.

Unfortunately, the SRX’s in the lateral motion department can’t make up for its glaring when it comes to accelerating or The turbo V-6 reads like a engine, as it offers significantly power and torque than the larger 3.2-liter V-6. it’s a paper tiger. most of the rev range, it provides satisfying grunt than it unrefined groaning, never like it’s serving up the 295 lb-ft of torque.

In contrast, the Audi six, being rated at 270 hp and a mere 243 of torque, always seems to be in its spot, providing easy, thrust no matter how fast going. No surprise, then, in our previous testing the Q5 has accelerated to 60 mph a second faster than the SRX and this advantage through the mile. It also stops with responsive, grippy that instill much confidence than the underboosted on the SRX.

Did we mention that the Q5 is more efficient (18/23 mpg the SRX’s 15/22 mpg)? of this owes to the Q5’s 300-pound weight advantage, but no getting around the fact the Cadillac is stuck with an powertrain and poor brake The 2.8-liter, originally developed by is not long for this world, as it not meet upcoming emissions

We say good riddance.

Conclusion

probably noticing a theme The Cadillac SRX Turbo has lots of and does many things but it also suffers from a few weaknesses. And though none of flaws necessarily make the SRX a bad vehicle, they become all the glaring when compared the Audi Q5, which is every bit as and has the quality and substance to back it up.


A few tweaks to address interior better brakes, and a stronger would make the SRX a clear but until then, the well-rounded Q5 remains our crossover of choice.

Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD

Front AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV

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