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2009 Audi Q5 Prestige Review

Luxe Sport Utility

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Audi Q5

In short: A premium performance crossover.

uxury 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.

An interior view of a 2009 Audi Q5

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 three-quarter rear view of a 2009 Audi Q5 with a bicycle mounted on the roof

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 1-year/5,000-mile no-charge first scheduled maintenance.

Base Price: $37,350 / As tested: $58,795

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.2-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with direct injection and continuous camshaft adjustment
Horsepower: 270 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 243 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic

Curb weight:
4,178 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 182.2/74/65.1 in
Turning circle: 38.1 ft

all-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: 5-link independent steel spring in front; trapezoidal-link independent steel spring in rear
Traction: electronic stabilization program with rollover mitigation and roof rack detection system

0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage and dual-threshold airbag supplemental restraints with occupant sensor; driver and front passenger seat-mounted chest side airbags; head protection airbags for all outboard occupants; LED daytime running lights; tire pressure monitoring system

Likes: quality; handling; performance
Dislikes: price; especially loaded with options


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