I didn't think the overcrowded midsize luxury crossover market needed another player, but the Q5 makes an extremely strong case for itself. For starters, I think it's the best-looking of the bunch. The interior is also quite attractive, but we've happily come to expect that from Audi. The huge sunroof is very nice and makes the well-wrought cabin feel larger. Not that it's particularly small--it was much easier for me to install my daughter's baby seat in the back of this Audi than it is in the cramped Infiniti EX35, which I think is a fair competitor.
I was pleasantly surprised by the pep provided by the 3.2-liter V-6, especially considering its 4200-pound burden. From behind the wheel, the Q5 doesn't feel big or cumbersome, but I think it'll satisfy buyers who desire an up-high seating position.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor