Months in fleet: Two
Miles to date: 5935
In just eight weeks our stylish crossover has racked up some 5935 miles. The recent extended holiday weekends have allowed staffers to hit the road and get some real impressions about our Q5.
After spending a week in the car, senior web editor Phil Floraday spoke highly of Audi’s newest crossover. “I’m particularly impressed by how well the transmission holds gears during hard acceleration followed by a brief lift of the accelerator,” he said, adding, “Audi doesn’t program the transmission to upshift as quickly as some other companies, which is much, much nicer for those of us who drive a little more aggressively.”
But for those who are looking for a more casual and comfortable ride, the Q5 graciously abides. It calmly rolls over pothole-stricken Michigan roads without jarring passengers, and thanks to the Michelin Latitude winter tires, the Q5 easily tackles deep snowdrifts that find their way into your path.
Because we’ve been so quickly putting on miles, we’ve already taken the Q5 in for its first service. Audi’s 5000-mile service is free for owners and gives our Q5 new oil and filter, along with a tire rotation.
We now head into the dead of winter. Let’s hope the Ibis white Audi doesn’t get lost in a snowdrift.
2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic
Base price (with dest.): $38,175
Price as tested: $45,225
Body Style: 5-door crossover SUV
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
Fuel economy: 18/23/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
Steering: Servotronic, speed sensitive, power-assisted
Turns lock-to-lock: N/A
Turning Circle: 38.1 ft
Suspension, Front: Independent five-link aluminum
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
6-speed automatic with Tiptronic
18″ aluminum wheels with 235/60R18 all-season tires
Roof rails with crossbars
Trailer hitch pre-wiring
Premium Plus – $4050
Xenon headlights with led drls
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