2011 Audi Q5 Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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New compact crossover SUV five.


Audi Q5 is an crossover derived from the A4 and A5 line. As with the Q7, Audi to the SUV party fashionably late but well equipped.

The 2009 Q5 with a gasoline V6 engine and automatic transmissions; both hybrid and diesel variants possibilities a few years in the future. drive, with which has arguably as much experience as any car is standard, as are a full suite of safety systems (only side airbags are standard; you may not them with children) and an stability control system alters performance when the rack is in use.

True to the Q5 has five seats, and the rear offer the recline-and-slide functions until now have oddly the purview of less-expensive class Cargo volume is substantially than the A4 Avant, the Q5 will tow a 900 pounds more than else in this class, and EPA are among best in class.

inside and out is typical Audi, and the has few peers for the combination of function, materials and finish. There is no cost-cutting here: what like leather, wood or is; the passenger gets the same power seat the driver and three-zone climate control is

Features and electronics rise price, which ranges $38,000 to $56,000 or more fully loaded. Features heated front seats; sunroof; iPod interface; Xenon headlamps and LED running power-fold auto-dimming mirrors; power tailgate; driver system; 18-, 19-, and wheels; navigation with 3-D voice recognition, rear real-time traffic and weather; Olufsen stereo and Advance

The Q5 competes with the Acura BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Land LR2, Lexus RX350, GLK350, and Volvo XC60.

The Audi Q5 comes with a 3.2-liter V6, six-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive automatic electronic differential Mechanical systems and passive features are identical across the which includes Premium, Plus, and Prestige models.

Q5 ($37,200) comes with upholstery, three-zone climate aluminum roof rails cross bars, heated mirrors, sliding/reclining/folding rear LED rear lights, privacy rear tint, tow hitch 18-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, décor inlays, 10-speaker Concert radio with and a trip computer. Optional on are rear side airbags heated front seats panorama sunroof ($1450), interface for iPod ($300), package ($700), metallic ($475), and a Symphony radio ($250).

Q5 Premium Plus also includes xenon and LED running lamps, auto-dimming with power-fold outside a programmable power tailgate, memory system, Audi radio with music Bluetooth and HomeLink. Premium options include the rear and metallic paint, 19-inch wider 20-inch wheels 255/45 performance tires, MMI plus with rear assist and camera ($3000), S package ($2950) with wheels and tires, headlight sport steering wheel shift paddles, brushed trim, black headliner, and S grille, side valances and

Q5 Prestige ($48,200) adds wheels, park assist, camera, Bang Olufsen MMI navigation plus and Advance Options include special rear side airbags, and the S package ($2150), Drive ($2950), 20-inch wheels and side assist ($500).

features include standard airbags, front side-impact side curtain airbags, stability control, ABS, and all-wheel drive. Safety-related include rear side and Audi side assist.

The first word mentioned in Audi Q5 presentation we’ve is stylish; there’s nothing ground-breaking in the Q5’s appearance they have done a few differently. As you’d expect it much like its big-brother Q7, has familiar full-height grille and Audi notes a drag of 0.33; that’s good for a short, upright shape but as no mention of frontal area (an part of the equation) was made. noise won’t become an at U.S. highway speeds, but it take more fuel to this through the air than an A4 (wagon) for instance.

Q5 shares with the A4 and A5 lines, bit it is four wider than an A4, nearly inches higher and about heavier than a comparably A4 wagon. Relative to others in its it is wider than most Rover’s LR2 is narrower), average in (the LR2 and Volvo XC60 taller, the Infiniti EX notably and longer than the LR2 but shorter the Lexus RX.

Audi’s signature LED lights are standard on Premium or Prestige cars and make the more distinctive than all Q5’s use LED lamps in back. rear lights are all in the hatch wraps around the sides so won’t get damaged loading conversely there will be no of taillight showing while things at night.

Character are similar to those on every Audi, with the upper one through the doors and tightly at the rear, and the upswept line front wheel center the lower doors. The rear opening marks the leading of the wheelwell but insulation is sufficient slacks won’t get covered in sliding in and out.

A variety of are used and many appear most people will not all the detail on the first glance. of size, all wheels are alloy and easy to clean.

Aluminum rails and the cross bars go in them are standard on every Q5 and the roof rack load of 220 is higher than many. the cross bars out until you them because one, generate some wind and two, because the electronic program algorithm changes the bars installed.


The Q5 cabin is what we come to expect from stylish design that appear faddish in a few years’ plenty of features and first-rate and materials. It’s no secret other companies use Audi as a benchmark, and not that hard to why.

Every Q5 comes leather seating surfaces and looks like wood or is genuine. While a loaded model comes with amenities, the basics of appearance, and function are equal on the entry If you have to have a gee-whiz or gadget you will need a model, whereas seating, room, towing, quiet, and are all very similar across the

Power seats are standard 12-way adjustment for both occupants and heaters on most A three-spoke leather-wrapped steering with thumbwheels and switches for control has good tilt/telescope so every driver should a good, comfortable position. visibility is quite good and the wiper clears virtually all the you see through, but some short may find the large mirrors the Q7) create a wide, front to look around.

The door is narrower than many so it feel like you’re in, more like a step

Most interior storage is in the and larger door pockets will hold a 1-liter with smaller spaces in the Trim panels or wood, or a combination of those grace the dash, and wrap over the of the center console where might be vulnerable to scratching let the carwash vacuum from one side). The light-hued headliner spaciousness but the S Line trim it black.

Instruments use clear markings with fuel and gauges nesting to the side of big and tachometer; the big gauges have 0 at the bottom so you may have to recalibrate if not used to 60 mph being shown as a pointed due left. The display ahead of the driver gives for clock/calendar, trip computer, gear requested and gear audio source, and on navigation upcoming turning instructions.

The dash is angled very toward the driver with controls below the vents and climate control below For many controls a rotary varies the parameter chosen by the surrounding it; there is a lot of flexibility in the system and it’s easy to get to. Q5 comes with an AM/FM/CD system; the Premium Plus an upgraded Symphony system 6CD changer and SD card, and the optional-on-Premium-model integration that works any Gen 4 iPod with a connector On cars with MMI, the is fully controllable through

Prestige models use a superb system from Bang with half a kilowatt of driving 14 speakers.

A conventional offers manual mode shifting though we prefer on the driver’s side of the shift and the parking brake is operated a switch to the shifter’s left.

with navigation get the first of Audi’s third generation MMI interface) system that more features than versions but is still easy to with. The voice-recognition system has improved and will accommodate statements like ‘I gas’ or ‘find food’ as as accept address input for the all result in a choice of offers and you select one it does the route It also offers Sirius to real-time traffic info, and so forth.

The hard-disc drive 30GB solely for navigation check with your regarding the cost of updating the It now uses and nVIDIA chip for 3D so once you’re into a area on the 200-yard-or-smaller scale it buildings and landmarks as 3D structures.

The camera with the system predictive backing for backing into a space or backing a parallel parking spot. a great feature that safety and convenience.

Rear are split 60/40 with the side behind then partially recline, have adjustable headrests, and slide and forth about 4.5 inches; the front seats back all the way negates knee room but make an easier reach to a seat or more cargo with shorter occupants in The center seat position not have an anchor for the back on a baby seat. Room is of the class and will fit a couple of but the roof sides by the panoramic takes more than an off headroom and will limit space for taller passengers.

A armrest with pop-out does not rest on the seat leaving extra thigh the rear seat has its own warmer/cooler control, and side windows quite go down flush in the

Rear seats may be dropped by a pull at the side doors or and the aluminum hatch is easy to use and on higher line models. The area is nicely finished and has a fiberglass cover that is removed; four tie-down in the floor secure heavier Under the floor a one-piece bin the spare tire, ideal for a couple of iced beverages, wet gear, and so on.

The cargo floor is 28 inches off the ground for easy and the trailer hitch is 13.5 center to ground.

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Driving Impression

The Audi Q5 much like an Audi sedan or wagon. It feels a taller, heavier, firmer A4 with a different engine because only the A4 sedan and not the is offered in North America a V6. The forward view is better of height, the rear view not as because of the higher seats and roof pillars.

Audi’s direct-injection V6 sees use in many and is well sorted out. 270 hp at 6500 rpm and 243 lb-ft of torque at rpm it is fairly flexible but does it work higher up in the rev range. And very happy and smooth sailing right past the marked redline on multiple

Lexus’ engine might more refined and insulated, the RDX’s turbo four a bit and not so linear, and the inline sixes in X3 and Land Rover’s LR2 aren’t as powerful but they are as smooth and a more sonorous note. A Q5 driver will reach 60 mph rest in less than seconds, which should be than adequate, and EPA ratings are although the class is within one or two mpg in cases.

The six-speed automatic does exactly what it when it should, and spirited or those stuck in heavy-but-moving will do better in sport by notching the lever sideways. In or manual mode it rev-matches for quick-but-seamless gear changes, yet are never jarring enough to the car or occupants. For manual choices tap the lever forward (upshift) or the S line package includes paddles on the steering wheel.

drive, dubbed quattro the Audi coupe that it about 30 years ago, is on every Q5, with nominal delivery favoring rear at 60 percent. In combination with the new layout, this makes the Q5 more like a rear-drive it doesn’t feel like a but it doesn’t feel like a either, and only an X3 comes as feeling better balanced a Q5. The all-wheel drive is active all the includes differential locks for very low-traction situations, and nothing of the driver except for an that it does not repeal the of physics; it’s still the set of tires, brakes and steering your car to the ground.

Because it more, tows more and has wheels, the Q5 rides firmer an A4 wagon, noticed mostly on bad surfaces where moderate have a more pronounced on the rear end; it seems to best with a mild in the back. On every other it rides well, not as stiff as an RDX or X3, not as as an RX, probably closest to an EX or XC60. It to winding roads and sweeping very well and confidently; if an RX could match the pace it not be in its zone doing so.

Steering effort is on the heavy at parking speeds but nicely with speed while road feel. The Q5 doesn’t a lot of body roll (a little keep drivers more and responds admirably in maneuvering. control stays absent it is needed and engages smoothly; it can not be off entirely but does have an level that allows a bit tire locking to build up or sand in front of the tires to better, and a little more on dirt roads or paved you know better than the

The Q5 is also the first vehicle fitting the cross bars for the rack changes the thresholds for the system; you can carry 220 pounds on the safely but the system doesn’t to be programmed assuming the roof is loaded. If you push the limits to engage ESP you will notice a we were able to sail a bumpy parking lot handling with no ESP action (bars but with the bars on, but no load, a sweeping bend of smooth had the ESP cycling.

Q5 comes with brakes all around, backed up by electronic aids for the most braking. Do not mistake these for other systems that apply the brakes if you fail to and impending collision; at least for the being Audi presumes you can where you’re going and a brake pedal. Regardless of any legal requirement, we would use a brake controller when any trailer more than pounds with a Q5.

Tire always has an effect and the Q5 is no different. It three wheel sizes and tires from at least brands. The standard 18-inch is best for bump absorption, (and, likely, replacement the 18-inch wheels are the best if your roads are rough and you like to spill your In our opinion the 19-inch wheel and combination produced the best of quiet, comfort and grip, and probably wear well; a good choice outside havens.

Q5s are available with 20-inch wheels and a summer tire, yet the only ones we saw shod in Goodyear Eagle tires, a long-wearing, all-season tire frequently found on 2WD vehicles. The added width and low deliver the most grip, but comfort and noise are the price you We think the 20-wheels are largely for cosmetic reasons and they be our last choice.

Audi Select, an optional system, vehicle dynamics. The system how quickly the steering responds and how it how the engine reacts to gas pedal suspension damping, and when and how the transmission changes gears. Select has preset modes of Dynamic, and Sport, and you can customize own setting, perhaps making a mode of fast steering for impending slip-and-slide, mild and transmission response to minimize and soft suspension damping for of wheel travel over and banks.

We haven’t tested it on the Q5, but we have Audi Drive Select well on the A4 and A5, which share basic architecture with the Q5.

is well controlled on the Q5. The engine is under hard acceleration but not and a little road noise in from behind on 20-inch over rough roads. noise comes primarily the mirrors and roof cross but you have to be doing better 70 mph to find it.

That’s one of the small with the Q5. The quiet ride and mean that if you’re not to sitting that high, and not used to the speedo needle due west at 60 mph, then you may not how easy it is to creep well any speed limit, be it a country or open interstate. That of fatigue pays dividends in comfort and attentiveness, but the Q5 will warn you when you’ve for hours and should take a

The Q5 carries an inflatable spare and on-board air compressor because drive and towing work when all four tires are the size. Having a spare heavier, more expensive, riding run-flat tires are not and trip delays are minimal.

The tow on any Q5 is 4400 pounds, or 900 pounds than its closest competitor, and rating applies with the Q5 loaded, not with just a or two occupants and a suitcase on board. The itself is an accessory but all necessary and pre-wiring is already in place. a fairly light trailer, as personal watercraft, snowmobiles and boats.

The Audi Q5 is a credible in the growing compact premium market. It is competitive in every way and in towing, a primary factor in up from wagon or minivan to Audi faithful will it a logical, familiar, fulfilling if they want to sit higher or go off-road than an A4 Avant but need the size or seven of the Q7.

G.R. Whale filed NewCarTestDrive.com report from Los

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