The 2012 Audi Q5's Total Car Score puts it in the top tier of the highly competitive entry luxury SUV and crossover category.
A recurring theme among reviewers is the fact that the Q5 manages to deliver an ideal balance of robust acceleration and agile handling, especially when equipped with the available 3.2-liter V6. It also earned praise for handsome styling and an attractively turned-out cabin full of upscale amenities.
The Q5 is not without its faults, however, including a ride quality that may be a bit too firm for some tastes. The price tag can also soar when you begin adding options, especially on top-of-the-line models.
Having debuted just three years ago, the Audi Q5 returns essentially unchanged for 2012. A hybrid model is expected for the next model year, and a turbodiesel powertrain is also a possibility.
The 2012 Audi Q5 is a midsize five-passenger SUV that’s offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
The Q5's two engine choices start with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and comes standard on Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. A 3.2-liter V6 rated at 270 hp and 243 lb-ft is available on Premium Plus models and standard on Prestige versions. The 2.0-liter engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with “sport” and manual-shift modes, while the V6 gets a similar six-speed automatic. All models come with Audi’s trademark quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The entry-level Q5 comes well-equipped, with standard features that include rain-sensing wipers, a three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and genuine wood trim, plus heated front seats. Moving up to the Premium Plus gets you xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, an oversize panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate and auto-dimming mirrors. The top-of-the-line Prestige model adds 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive headlights and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
There are also a number of option packages available, including a navigation package and an S Line package that bundles 20-inch alloy wheels, summer tires and distinctive trim details inside and out.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Audi Q5 range from 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine to 18/23/20 for the 3.2-liter V6.
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