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Audi Q5

Price: $37,000-$52,000

0-60 time: 6.9 seconds

MPG / LPG: 18 city; 20 highway

While Audi may have been late to the game with their SUVs. they are making up for it with a set of competent and sporty crossovers that actually leave the driver wishing he could leave his small-town suburban existence and get out on the open road. The new Q5 is the smallest SUV Audi makes (for now), and is based on the popular entry-level sedan, the A4. The list of niceties on this baby-hauler is impressively long and surprisingly creative, the performance is solid and the style is sufficient.

The Q5 would be a clear class winner if it weren’t for one thing: You can’t actually get a Q5 that you’d want for under $45,000.

Audis are known for their Quattro all-wheel drive, which allows supreme handling in inclimate weather as well as the ability to take turns at high speeds. The Q5 is a spry mini-SUV with a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds. It moves quickly and nimbly through traffic, with much of its athleticism due to a shared platform with the small A4.

The crossover is powered by a 270-horsepower FSI direct injection 3.2-liter that is also used in a host of other Audi models. The Q5 also sits lower than your typical SUV and this allows for less wind resistance and much easier access to both the cabin and the rear storage area. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Q5’s performance is its towing capacity: This small SUV can tow up to 4,400 pounds, a full 900 pounds more than any other crossover in its class.

That said, we don’t see too many Q5 owners towing all that often, but it’s nice to know it is possible.

The exterior of the Q5 is more than reminiscent of the larger Q7. It features a bulbous rear end with an aggressive grille, made to look even meaner with the optional daytime running LEDs — what is fast becoming Audi’s trademark. The Q5 comes with standard 18-inch wheels and a variety of external flares to make it look the part, but as with all Audis, the interior is what sets this car apart.

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The Q5 is the very first model in the U.S. to feature the third-generation MMI (Multi-Media Interface) system from Audi. It is, perhaps, the most user-friendly and efficient system we’ve come across in any car. The traffic-sensing route guidance is an incredibly well-designed and creative addition to this already impressive system.

It was able to guide us from downtown Manhattan to JFK airport on a Thursday afternoon in rush hour using all back roads to avoid the traffic-laden main arteries. The third-generation MMI also features new voice commands that allow the driver to simply state a fact and the car will respond in kind. For example, if the driver states: “I’m hungry,” the system will present a list of restaurants in the area. The car will also respond to statements like: “I need gas” and “I need money.”

Two other fantastic traits of the Q5’s interior are an enormous panoramic sunroof and a Bang Olufsen stereo system. Both are expensive options, but both are well worth the money in our opinion.

The two downsides (yes, there are only two) to the Q5 are the rear storage capacity and the price of amenities. While certainly an SUV, the Q5’s trunk leaves something to be desired. It is rather small; in fact, two golf bags will fill up much of it. We’d expect more from the longest vehicle in the smaller SUV class, although it could certainly be attributed to the roomy cabin. The Q5’s largest and perhaps most fatal flaw in some buyers’ eyes is just how expensive this car can get, and just how quickly it can happen.

Our test model was listed at over $52,000, which leads us to wonder, what exactly would we get for $37,000, where Audi claims the Q5 begins?

In spite of a smaller trunk and expensive options, the Q5 is one of the only small SUVs we really didn t want to give back. It seems as though this category is littered with models designed solely for soccer moms, and the Q5 is certainly not. It is masculine, aggressive and sleek, not a floating bubble of a truck like so many of its competitors.

Audi Q5 Electric Cars
Audi Q5 Electric Cars
Audi Q5 Electric Cars
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Audi Q5 Electric Cars
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