Months in fleet: three
Miles to date: 8978
Another month, another 4000 miles for our Audi Q5. It continues to be the hot choice for weekend excursions and has challenged our BMW 7-series as the most requested four-seasons vehicle for road trips. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system and Michelin snow tires make it an excellent choice for winter driving, while heated seats and a cozy interior make it a comfortable one.
President and editor-in-chief Jean Jennings recently spent time getting to know our new compact crossover, taking it on a trip to Louisiana to go hunting and fishing. "The white exterior is a cheerful, bright greeting on a gloomy, gray day," she noted, adding, "It's a very pleasing, compact and stylish exterior with the usually elegant, thoughtful interior."
Included in that interior is Audi's MMI system, which Jennings says is the best version from Audi yet. "Why doesn't everyone follow Audi's lead and let you search stations and see what's playing without changing what you're listening to? So cool!" Not all the comments have been positive, however. From Technical editor Don Sherman: "The rear view is restricted by the small window, sloping roof, and the forest of headrests." He also expressed his disgust at the Q5's premium fuel requirement with a simple equation: "Premium gas + poor mileage = one expensive ride."
Aside from premium fuel, our Q5 has asked only for a 5000-mile service. Otherwise it has been working non-stop, and looks like it might be on track to set a record for highest mileage during a four-seasons test.
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