2011 Audi Q5

2.0T AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4

2.0T AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4

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2011 Audi Q5 2 0t Front Three Quarters Passenger
We recently spent a year with a 2010 Audi Q5 3.2 and thoroughly enjoyed the vehicle. The size was quite nice, the premium materials held up well to four seasons of hard use, and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system got us through snow and mud without compromise during daily driving. During our year with the V-6 Q5, though, several editors wondered if Audi's stout 2.0T four-cylinder engine could meet our performance expectations while returning better fuel economy. To answer that question, we recently sampled a Q5 2.0T, which is a new offering for the 2011 model year.
2011 Audi Q5 2 0t Front Three Quarters Passenger
If you aren't familiar with the VW/Audi 2.0T, you might be questioning the use of a four-banger in a 4000-pound vehicle. Don't let the displacement fool you, though. This little four makes use of direct injection and a turbocharger to deliver all the torque you'd need (15 lb-ft more than the V-6, in fact) while returning a respectable 20/27 mpg in the Q5. Perhaps the 211 hp looks meager on paper, but the eight-speed automatic does a fine job of maximizing the little engine's power and we never thought the Q5 2.0T was in need of more thrust, even when fully loaded. All 3.2-liter V-6 Q5s make do with Audi's existing six-speed automatic, which is still expertly, but fuel economy is estimated at 18/23 mpg. We would only recommend upgrading to the V-6 model if you plan on towing with any regularity.
Thanks to the smaller engine and decontenting, the Q5 2.0T starts at $7000 less than a V-6 model. Choosing the 2.0T, however, doesn't require that buyers sacrifice luxuries or technology since the most desirable equipment can be added back as options. Audi only offers the Q5 3.2 with 19- or 20-inch wheels while the Q5 2.0T comes with standard 18s. Even after upgrading a Q5 2.0T to 19-inch wheels, customers will see a $2300 savings for giving up two cylinders. You can't fully load the Q5 2.0T with a leather dash and armrests, wood trim, adaptive cruise control, or the S line exterior cosmetic package, but those options certainly don't define the Q5 experience. Audi shoppers have reinforced that, favoring the Q5 2.0T over the Q5 3.2 consistently since the four-cylinder models became common on dealer lots in August of 2010.
Enthusiasts will quickly point out that the Audi A4 Avant also offers an eight-speed automatic, Quattro all-wheel drive, and the superb 2.0T engine along with better driving dynamics and a mere 1.1 cubic-ft loss in cargo capacity with the rear seats upright. Sadly the wagon costs a little more than the crossover, so most Americans will completely ignore the 276-pound weight savings, two-mpg improvement (EPA combined rating), and 0.2 second 0-60 mpg advantage the wagon offers. We love the A4 Avant, but the Q5 manages to sell a lot better -- nearly six Q5s leave the lot for every A4 Avant that finds a home.
2011 Audi Q5 2 0t Rear Static
During our year with the Q5 3.2, we also wondered if Audi should consider stuffing its diesel 2.0 TDI engine in the Q5 for America. Having driven the 2.0T, though, we think Audi's chosen the right four-cylinder engine for the Q5. The 2.0T is fuel efficient enough that we never felt guilty about driving a small SUV and the TDI's relative lack of horsepower and rev range would likely take away from the Q5's fun-to-drive factor. We're no longer wishing for an Audi Q5 TDI. That's how good the 2.0T is in the real world.
One wish the 2.0T didn't fulfill is our desire for more natural steering feel, a common problem in this segment. Several editors still lament the light steering at low speeds and its abrupt change in effort at speeds above parking-lot velocity, but once the road starts to turn we all agreed the suspension does a great job keeping the two-ton Q5's body motions in check. The small SUV/crossover segment isn't exactly a driver's paradise, but the Q5 is as good as it gets. If you're in the market for a luxury ute, the Q5 provides a much more involving driving experience than a Lexus RX without pushing the needle too far from a comfortable ride on long trips. Now that the Q5 2.0T saves about $3000 from the 3.2's sticker and adds two mpg combined, it's better than ever.
2011 Audi Q5
2011 Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 really got noticed in early 2009 and has been getting many new upgrades and features added to its arsenal of midsized SUV goodness. The new body style and other cosmetic changes have made this model a shoe in for the top in its class. The slightly smaller and more efficient model that is currently being sold offers a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. This is not a heavy duty SUV and only has 211 horsepower to its name.

The small price tag on the Q5 make it highly affordable and this is what makes it so popular with many looking for a entry level SUV that offers some of the extra luxury features not found on models from other companies.

The interior of the Audi Q5 is designed very intelligently and offers a surprising amount of storage and leg room for all the passengers, but other models in this class still seem to have more. Mildly lacking in overall interior space and needing a couple more inches of clearance, the A5 still offers a great overall value.
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Although Audi claims it has no desire to build an “S” or “RS” version of any of its SUVs the spy photos we shared last month indicated otherwise. Quad-exhaust tips, 20-inch multi-piece rims wrapped around large diameter brake discs and calipers are all indicative of Audi S trim models.
Audi Q5 S Spy Shot
In 3.2 guise, Audi’s Q5 is already packing plenty of power -- but the latest round of spy shots from Motor Trend suggest the engineers in Ingolstadt may be planning another power boost. The hopped-up crossover shown here may well be a prototype for an S version of the Q5.
2011 Audi Q5 Front Left View
Automobile Magazine recently concluded a yearlong test of an Audi Q5 with the 3.2-liter V-6 engine which was the only engine available at launch. We came away thinking that the V-6-powered Q5 is a very quick and sporty-driving crossover, but we wished for better fuel economy. For 2011, Audi answered by adding a second engine option: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo.
2011 Audi Q5 Rear Left Side View
Best of all is that this segment-topping fuel economy comes at essentially no cost in drivability. Yes, the 2.0T is a bit slower than its blistering-fast six-cylinder sibling, but 7.1 seconds from 0 to 60 mph is hardly sluggish and it's only 0.4 second behind the 3.2-liter. Because Audi's turbo four makes all of its 258 pound-feet of torque available at only 1500 rpm, the 8-speed automatic usually has to drop down only one gear for most on-the-move calls for acceleration, making the Q5 2.0T very responsive in real-world driving. In other respects, the driving 2.0T is pretty much a repeat of our experience with the six-cylinder Q5. This tall-boy crossover is an agile handler but at a cost of an occasionally stiff ride. And here, as in several other Audis, the steering is marred by too much variation in the level of power assist. The driver's environment is much the same, with leather again standard. This example was missing the optional navigation system that we had on our long-term Q5, but even without it, you get Audi's MMI multi-media controller, although it's in a slightly less convenient location on the dashboard rather than on the center console.
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With over 100,000 in United States sales last year, Audi eclipsed its all-time record by over 10 percent, but the automaker is not resting on its laurels. Continuing its new-product assault on the U.S. market, Audi is now considering bringing its upcoming 2012 Q3 crossover here.

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2011 Audi Q5 Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
211 hp @ 4300rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
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