Luxury doesn’t have to suffer even when scaled back in size, something readily apparent in the all-new 2009 Audi Q5. This upscale yet compact crossover competes with the Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, and shares a wheelbase, chassis design and forceful 270-horsepower V6 engine with the Audi A4. The well-proportioned sport utility comes wrapped in a handsome, modern and elegantly styled exterior, and sports nineteen-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted privacy windows, powered and heated mirrors, a power tailgate, and refining touches such as LED daytime running lights and taillights. Aluminum roof rails with crossbars help balance the vehicle’s excess opulence with a dose of practicality and sportiness; they are perfect for hauling bicycles and cargo carriers. The Q5 is equipped with a standard Quattro all-wheel drive, providing the automobile—in conjunction with its electronic stabilization program and all-wheel independent suspension—a deft-handling, solid and smooth experience on the road, a feeling akin to driving a sports sedan.
Inside this Audi crossover is a pleasant interior appointed with wood decorative inlays, leather seating surfaces, a spacious two-piece panoramic sunroof and a comfortable second-row bench seat. Amenities include a Bluetooth hands-free phone and iPod (Generation 4 or higher) interface, HomeLink, and a seven-inch full-color LCD screen (with a 40-gigabyte hard drive) displaying 3D topography and real-time traffic/navigation data. Standard only to the top-level Prestige trim is a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with fourteen speakers and a parking system with a rearview camera. While it comes with a hefty price tag and not much luggage space, only 57.3 cubic feet with the second row folded, the Q5 compensates with an assortment of options. Available features include twelve-way power and heated front seats, seat-mounted rear side airbags, a drive selector (controlling the vehicle’s suspension, steering and transmission characteristics) and side assist; a system that activates at speeds of more than 19 mph, detecting nearby fast-moving vehicles and alerting the driver via LED lights in the exterior mirror.
a review of the 2011 Audi Q5 S Line