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1006 2010 Audi Q5 3 2 June Update
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2010 Audi Q5 3.2 - Four Seasons Update - June 2010

Matt Tierney
#Audi, #Q5
SUMMER
2010 Audi Q5 reviews to date

Months in fleet: eight
Miles to date: 22,478

Now in its eighth month at our office, the Audi Q5 is showing little wear and is proving to be a reliable vehicle, and a popular one at that. Staff members are quick to grab the keys to this luxury crossover.

Art director Kelly Murphy had a chance to finally get behind the wheel after a long withdrawal for a weekend sprint to Canada and back with friends. "Usually this white gem is scooped up by others in the office, and after my weekend road trip to Toronto I can see why. On the road you seem to forget you're in an SUV; it performs more like an Audi sedan. However rear seat passengers legroom was tight, but adequate; and the cup holders available in the rear proved to be almost useless for anything bigger than a juice box or a sippy cup."

Murphy and his passengers did admire many of the Q5's features, specifically the glass roof. "The glass roof proved to be more than perfect for driving through the urban jungle of downtown Toronto. Heads seem to be consistently angled and pictures were being snapped through the roof at all the tall buildings."

In less happy news, deputy editor Joe DeMatio received the honor of receiving the first speeding ticket in our Q5: 75 mph in a 55 zone on a two-lane highway. "Afterward, I tried to maintain 55 mph," he says, "but the Q5's natural gait is more like 65 or 70."

Our newest staff member, associate web editor Jeffrey Jablansky, has now had a chance to experience the Q and is shaping up to be another one of the Audi's admirers. "I've now had several chances to experience the Q5, and so far I don't have a single complaint. The sound system is as good as they get, and the huge panoramic sunroof is just beautiful."

We'll see if the popular Audi can keep everyone smiling as it enters the peak summer road trip season.

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic

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

Overview
Body Style: 4-door SUV
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody

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: 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

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
ESP, ABS
18-inch 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 daytime running lights
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 steel 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

TrickS4
Enjoy your Hyundai orbit. We just ordered a $46000 Q5 and we can't wait.
orbit9090
---Fourty-Five-Thousand-Dollars?! Really?! N.F.W.---

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