I only spent a few minutes with the Q5, but that was enough to be impressed by the nimbleness of this two-ton vehicle. Turn-in is quick, and the 3.2-liter V-6 pulls with enough gusto to make me wonder, like Phil, if Audi couldn't get away with offering smaller engines.
The interior is spectacular. I, too, enjoyed the panoramic sunroof, although I'm not sure that enjoyment was worth $4300 (the Premium Plus package also nets you "necessities" like heated seats).
I couldn't help but draw comparisons with our similarly priced, similarly appointed Infiniti EX crossover. There's no doubt the Audi offers more utility, thanks to its width and height advantage. On the other hand, during my admittedly brief drive, the Q5 felt more like a proper crossover - that is to say, less like a sport sedan - than the nimble EX. I didn't have time to master all of the drive select settings, though, which might make the difference.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor