New Car Reviews

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 – Four Seasons Update – July 2010

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Our Audi Q5 has reached the three-quarter mark in its four-seasons test and it is leaving quite a good impression with our office. A couple of lengthy service visits aside, the Q5 has proven to be the real deal in the compact luxury SUV segment.

One aspect of this car that has been earning praise all year is the 3.2-liter V-6 engine and the silky smooth transmission, even with more than 24,000 miles on the odometer. Says senior web editor Phil Floraday: “I’m still impressed by the Q5’s transmission, I drove a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG over the weekend and I wish its 7-speed automatic were as responsive as this SUV’s 6-speed.”

Editor-in-chief Jean Jennings took the Q5 on a weekend jaunt to Louisville, Kentucky. She compared the Q5’s handling to that of a sports sedan; a sports sedan that boasts 57.3 cu-ft of cargo room with the rear seats folded down. Jennings adds, “You can fit an amazing amount of stuff in the back with the rear seats folded down; and the bulge in the hatch allows for bulkier items to fit.”

Unfortunately with the rear seats up, cargo space isn’t as generous, with capacity nearly cut in half, to 29.1 cu-ft. Associate editor Eric Tingwall swooped up the keys to the Q5 for the extended Fourth of July weekend with plans to pack it full of gear and head to northern Michigan with family. As Tingwall notes, “when it came time to pack, it was immediately clear that the Q5 is significantly smaller than my parents 2010 Chevy Equinox, particularly in the back seat. We opted for spaciousness over style and drove the Chevy up north.”

Although Tingwall had to leave the Audi on the dock, the Q5 is still the most popular four-seasons vehicle in the fleet; and since it had the tow package installed a couple months ago, the keys have been even harder to find. Upcoming plans for the Q5 include a little off-roading next month and a trip to the East Coast, so the Audi’s final season looks like it will be just as busy as its previous three.

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: 2.9
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 Tour HP
Tire Size: 235/60R18 105H

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