New Car Reviews

Four Seasons Introduction: 2010 Audi Q5 3.2 – November 2009

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Just in time for winter, Automobile Magazine has taken delivery of a 2010 Audi Q5, the latest addition to our four-seasons fleet. To blend in with the elements, our new five-passenger crossover wears Ibis white exterior paint complemented by a beautiful black leather interior. Under the hood is a 3.2-liter V-6 with 270 horsepower sent through a six-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The Q5 comes pretty well equipped for its base price of $38,125, so we kept the list of optional equipment on our test vehicle modest-well, relatively modest. We added the premium plus package at $4050, which gives us a huge panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, Bluetooth, a music interface with ipod cable, auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, and a power tailgate. We also chose Audi’s MMI navigation plus package at $3000; this includes navigation with voice control, a rear-view backup camera, and single CD and DVD player bringing our as tested price to a respectable $45,225.

To keep the ride quality as livable as possible for twelve months on Michigan roads, we chose to stay with the stock eighteen-inch alloy wheels. We did replace the stock all-season tires with Michelin Latitude Alpin winter tires to help us carve through the snow and ice. The decision to stay with the standard wheel size was based on a previous experience with the Q5 on its optional nineteen-inch wheels [see our April 2009 issue]; said European Bureau Chief Georg Kacher: “Even with the optional Drive Select set to comfort mode, the Audi, with its nineteen-inch Goodyear all-season tires, felt too stiff”.

Despite that criticism, the Audi Q5 went on to take first place in that comparison test beating out the Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 and Volvo XC60 T6. We suspect it will fare even better on its smaller wheels. We look forward to starting our year-long relationship with Audi’s attractive new crossover. Be sure to check back for the latest updates on our Audi Q5.

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic

Base price (with dest.): $38,175
Price as tested: $45,225

Body Style: 5-door crossover SUV
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody with integrated aluminum and magnesium

Engine: DOHC V-6 with FSI direct injection
Displacement: 3.2 liters
Power: 270 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 243 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with tiptronic
Drive: Four-wheel
Fuel economy: 18/23/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)

Steering: Servotronic, speed sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: N/A
Turning Circle: 38.1 ft
Suspension, Front: Independent five-link aluminum suspension
Suspension, Rear: Independent trapezoidal-link
Brakes F/R: Power-assisted ventilated disc/disc; ABS
Wheels: 18-in alloy
Tires: Michelin Latitude Alpin (winter)
Tire Size: 235/60R18

Headroom F/R: 38.1 / 37.7 in?
Legroom F/R: 41.0 / 37.4 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 57.7 / 56.4 in
Wheelbase: 110.5 in
Track F/R: 63.7 / 63.5 in
L x W x H: 182.2 x 82.2 x 65.1 in?
Cargo Capacity: 29.1 / 57.3 cu ft (rear/with seats folded)
Weight: 4244 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 53 / 47%?
Fuel Capacity: 19.8 gal
Est. Range: 396 miles
Fuel Grade: 91 octane

Standard Equipment
Quattro all-wheel-drive
6-speed automatic with Tiptronic
18″ aluminum wheels with 235/60R18 all-season tires
Roof rails with crossbars
Trailer hitch pre-wiring
TPMS sensors

Premium Plus – $4050
Xenon headlights with led drls
Panorama sunroof
Power tailgate
Heated front seats
Homelink garage door opener
Driver side memory
Auto dimming & power folding mirrors
Auto dimming interior mirror with compass
Audi music interface with iPod cable
Stainless door sills and trunk edge

Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package – $3000
Hdd navigation with voice control
Audi parking system with advanced rearview camera
Color driver information system
Single cd/dvd player