<strong>Months in fleet: eleven
Miles to date: 30,281
If you've been following our online updates of the Audi Q5, one major thing that stands out this month is the fact that only 1048 miles were added to the odometer. That's out of character for a vehicle that has seen so much use during the previous ten months.
What happened? While in New York, we took our popular crossover to the dealership for what we thought would be a quick 25,000-mile service. Sure we had a couple other issues that needed addressing, like an LED daytime running light that was out, and the fuel door that somehow came unhinged. But the car ended up staying at the dealership for a couple weeks, as the inspection turned up a faulty water pump and a transmission oil seal that needed replacing. Luckily, both problems were also covered under Audi's factory warranty. The 25,000-mile service ran us $156.26.
Before the Q5 went for its extended service stay, senior editor Joe Lorio took his family on a vacation. In tow was a 16-foot powerboat. The Q5 handled the 2500-pound boat with ease. Lorio reports: "The load-leveling suspension kept the car on an even keel, and the extra weight of the trailer and a loaded cargo hold did not affect the ride quality at all. The 3.2-liter V-6 wasn't unduly strained. I loved the backup camera, which made backing into position to hook up the hitch a one-man operation."
"We had lots of sunny hot weather, which drew my attention to the oversize, panoramic sunroof," he says. "The mesh shade doesn't do a great job at shading the interior. Buyers in the sunbelt might want to avoid the panoramic roof."
Back from vacation, the Q5 made a couple day trips to the Hudson Valley and northwest Connecticut. "The Q5 handles like an Audi sedan, not like a taller vehicle, and body motions are well controlled," says Lorio. "The downside, though, is that the ride can be brittle over small and medium-sized road irregularities." Another negative he brought up is the range of steering efforts at different vehicle speeds. "At very low speeds, efforts are quite low, but then once you're moving along, the efforts get much heavier and the change is weirdly artificial."
The Q5 is spending a final few days on the East Coast with New York Bureau Chief Jamie Kitman, before heading back to the home office for its final month.
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 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
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