New Car Reviews

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 – Four Seasons Update – May 2010

Long-Term 2010 Audi FrontRunner Update: Spring 2010 Array Miles to date: 0

Months in fleet: seven
Miles to date: 19,590

We are just past the halfway mark in our yearlong test and, after a lengthy service visit last month, all is well with our sporty crossover.

With summer now upon us, and camping season officially open, we had our Q5 equipped with a trailer hitch. An overnight stay at the dealer and $1045 later, our Q5 is now capable of towing up to 4400 pounds. Deputy editor Joe DeMatio was the first to try out the new hardware, “We used the Q5’s new tow hitch with 2-inch receiver twice over the weekend to pull our 10-foot, single-axle utility trailer, which weighs about 1200 pounds. The Q5 performed very well, although our loads were relatively light: a washer and dryer one time, and a bunch of boxes and bins filled with household goods on another trip.”

Art director Matt Tierney also used the Q5 to tow a trailer to Ann Arbor from Asheville, NC. “The Q5 didn’t miss a beat with a couple thousand extra pounds tagging along. Acceleration and braking in the Smoky Mountains were stellar, and it still managed to get nearly 20 mpg.”

Even though our Q5 is now able to tow, we still haven’t forgotten what a fun little road carver it can be given the chance. On Michigan’s scenic west coast, a few staff members had a chance to get some quality seat time. Associate editor Eric Tingwall said, “I’ve criticized the Q5’s steering before, but once you’re at speed it actually has pretty good feel. The ride can become tiresome when you’re looking for a relaxed commuter, but those concessions are worth it for the excellent handling and exceptional body control. Along with that peach of a powertrain, it makes for an incredibly dynamic SUV. I’d have no hesitations in recommending this Q5 to anybody in the small luxury SUV market.”

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic

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

Body Style: 4-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 S Tronic
Drive: Four-wheel
Fuel economy: 18/23/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)

Steering: 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 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 seats up/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 S Tronic
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
Auto dimming & power folding mirrors
Auto dimming interior mirror with compass
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
Audi music interface with iPod cable
Stainless door sills and trunk edge