12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2010 Audi Q5 3.2 - Four Seasons Update - November 2009

December 4, 2009
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Long-Term 2010 Audi Q5 Update - WINTER 2009 (1 OF 2)
Months in fleet: One
Miles to date: 3648
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It's only been one month since our Audi Q5 was delivered and already the miles are adding up on the odometer and the comments from staffers are pouring into the logbook.
Copy editor Rusty Blackwell says, "the Q5 is a very nice execution, not to mention a great addition to our Four Seasons fleet. And in today's downsizing-happy world, the Q5 makes more sense than the larger Q7. I think it looks very sharp (much better than its big brother, too), particularly in white like our 4S car. The Q5 is enjoyable to drive quickly yet remains incredibly comfortable to drive at posted speeds and in traffic".
Aside from looking good, the Q5 is a blast to drive. More than 3600 miles in one month is proof that we can't get enough time behind the wheel of our new arrival.
"Over a weekend of driving, I found the time behind the wheel to be pretty good," says associate editor Eric Tingwall. "Ride and handling are exactly what I expect from Audi - a bit sportier than the Lexus, but not too harsh. Engine response and throttle calibration are good, and the transmission shifts well."
Armed with Michelin Latitude Alpin winter tires, Quattro all-wheel-drive, and heated seats, the Q5 would appear to be fully prepared for winter. Check back to see how our Q5 fares during the cold, long and dark season.
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2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic
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Base price (with dest.): $38,175
Price as tested: $45,225
Overview
Body Style: 5-door crossover SUV
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody with integrated aluminum and magnesium
Powertrain
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)
Chassis
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
Measurements
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
ESO, ABS
18" aluminum wheels with 235/60R18 all-season tires
Roof rails with crossbars
Trailer hitch pre-wiring
TPMS sensors
Options
Premium Plus - $4050
Xenon headlights with led drls
Panorama sunroof
Power tailgate
Heated front seats
Bluetooth
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
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