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1009 2010 Audi Q5 August Update
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2010 Audi Q5 3.2 - Four Seasons Update - August 2010

A. J. Mueller
#Audi, #Q5
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2010 Audi Q5 reviews to date

2010 Audi Q5 3.2

Months in fleet: Ten
Miles to date: 29,233

Now in its tenth month at our office, the Audi Q5 is still winning the popularity contest among staff members and is the most sought after vehicle in our Four Seasons fleet. In early August, we shook things up and took our Q5 somewhere not many owners will take theirs: off road.

Truth is, you're not likely to find an Audi Q5 up on three wheels on a rut-riddled path, but after tackling the trails in St. Helen, Michigan, we discovered the Q5 is quite capable. On a day in which we thought a flat bed tow truck would be necessary to get home, our Q5 plowed through deep water holes, up sandy inclines, and over some large-ish rocks with out any serious challenges. Senior web editor and off-road junkie Phil Floraday, along with the rest of the staff, was impressed with the Audi's competence. "The Q5 inspires a lot of confidence and provides good maneuverability. I do wish we could fully defeat the electronic stability program, but I was impressed with how well the Q5 handled our back-roads romp," Floraday observed. "The 3.2-liter V-6 provided enough power to haul the Q5 up some steep sandy hills."

For all the hazards we put it through, (and aside from the persistent stability control) the Q5's only issue was a small pebble that got stuck between the disc brake and the heat shield causing a gut-wrenching screech that could be heard for miles. Eventually the pebble popped out, and so did the Q5 from the trail. We drove away very impressed with the capabilities of the Q5 and more than happy to call off the flat bed.

After a good cleaning back in Ann Arbor, the Q5 ventured to Toronto for a weekend with associate web editor Jeffrey Jablansky, marking the second time the Q5 has ventured out internationally. "This was my first time driving to Canada, and the Q5 thankfully has a built-in mph-to-kph converter in the instrument panel. It's a nice touch. Though you can't make any use of it if you have the navigation set, you can still set the cruise control in the given units." Jablansky was impressed with the comfortable cruising ability of the Q5 as he noted, "The ride is as smooth as any sedan's, steering feel makes you forget you're in an SUV, and its relatively low center of gravity allows for some spirited moves."

Our Q5 is now in New York to live out the dwindling summer days in the shadow of the Big Apple. Check back next month to see how the Q5 will finish its Four Seasons test.

2010 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic

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: 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
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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