2012 Audi Q5

Great performance, comfort and convenience are what you get with the 2012 Audi Q5. This car is hot! It really has it all. It is like having a sports sedan in a SUV body.

You will notice the elegant appearance and attention to detail first. Then you will fall in love with the smooth easy handling. It will be hard to ignore this superior vehicle.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $35,600.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.8 gallons (75L) MPG: 20 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 182.2 in. (462.9 cm) Wheel Base: 110.5 in. (280.7 cm)
Height: 65.1 in. (165.3 cm) Width: 82.2 in. (208.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 4090 lbs (1855 kg) Ground Clearance: 7.9 in. (20 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 29.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC Inline 4 Compression Ratio: 9.6: 1
Horsepower: 211 HP Max RPM: 4300 RPM
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm Transmission: X-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds Maximum Speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
1/4 Mile: NA Max Towing Capacity: 4400 lbs (1995 kgs)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Premium Plus MSRP: $39,900; MPG: 18 city / 23 hwy

Engine & Performance

With its 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbo charged engine with 211 hp and 258 pound feet of torque, the 2012 Audi Q5 provides overall power. The eight speed automatic transmission and the all wheel drive contribute to the smooth drivability of this awesome vehicle.

In fact it is the same transmission gear box that it is found in the BMW 7 series and the Rolls Royce Ghost. This car goes from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds. Steering is firm and you will notice the smooth body control and you get 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

Exterior

Subtle and elegant are the words that come to mind when looking at this gorgeous car. The sculpted exterior with a prominent rounded nose and front grille are saying quiet luxury to the discerning eye.

Add the 18” alloy wheels along with a choice of 8 exterior colors to choose from and you have a great looking automobile. You will appreciate the heated side mirrors, power tailgate and the remote keyless access featured in this compact SUV.

Interior

Impressive high quality and comfort is what you experience when you enter into the Q5. Roomy leather seating for five with plenty of head and leg room and 3 zone automatic climate control provide for a comfortable ride. This car gives you 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space and there is an extra storage bin below the cargo floor.

The wood grain accents and quality leather covered steering wheel are what you would expect in a luxury vehicle. Then there is the power seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio and auto dimming review mirror that remind you that this is a car you can love.

Safety

The Audi Q5 is a top safety pick with it's anti lock brakes, electronic stability control and side curtain airbags as well as front and rear head air bags and the electronic brake distribution. Top that off with the traction and hill descent control and you are in a safe and secure vehicle. The safety ratings for this car are top notch.

Reliability

The 2012 Q5 comes with a four year / 50,000 mile basic new car warranty and a 12 month /12 year limited corrosion perforation warranty as well as 24 hour roadside assistance for four years.

Pros

  • Excellent exterior and interior craftsmanship
  • Above average fuel economy for its class.
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Smooth comfortable ride.

Cons

Small cargo space and options are pricy.

Competition

The competition the Q5 finds itself against include the likes of the V6 Infiniti EX (MSRP $35,800; 17 city / 24 hwy), Land Rover LR2 (MSRP $35,700; 15 city / 22 hwy), and the BMW X3 (MSRP $38,500; 21 city / 28 hwy) All of which are priced under $40,000.

This is a great car for someone looking for luxury and practicality all in one package. I would consider purchasing this car because of the great safety features and the elegant look as well as the comfortable interior and above average performance.

Overall Rating
80 out of 100

What others say:

“Fairly nimble with minimal body lean. Steering feel is firm and direct; braking is strong and linear. A tight turning radius eases close-quarters maneuvering.”Consumer Guide

“Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs. The cabin is plush and quiet, with very comfortable seats, but rear-seat and cargo space are fairly modest. ”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“For 2012, the V6 models add a sleek S line package with titanium-finished 20-inch 5-spoke wheels, matte black roof rails, and window frames. The top-of-the-line Q5 Prestige model offers new rear-window sunshades, perfect for keeping your rear-seat passengers comfortable in the summertime.”KBB