2011 Audi Q5

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2011 Audi Q5
Available in 2 styles:  2011 Audi Q5 4dr AWD quattro Sport Utility shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

18–20 city / 23–27 hwy


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2011 Audi Q5 4.7 28
$ 14,891-28,991
June 24, 2010
Vehicle Overview
The Q5, introduced for 2009, competes in a growing class of compact luxury SUVs that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35 and now the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60. It seats five.

New for 2011
The Q5 gains a 2.0T model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The 3.2 models continue with a 3.2-liter V-6, six-speed Tiptronic automatic and all-wheel drive.

A resemblance to the larger Audi Q7 is evident, but the Q5 also looks like a Volkswagen Tiguan dressed up for a night on the town, though the Q5 is larger than the compact VW. The 3.2 models now have the S line exterior trim and 19-inch alloy wheels. Aluminum trim and LED taillights are standard. Exterior features include:
  • Heated mirrors standard
  • Standard roof rack
  • Available adaptive headlights

The five-seat Q5 has the interior luxury for which Audi is revered. Heated and ventilated seats and sport seats are both offered. The Q5 is available with the third generation of Audi's Multi Media Interface, a multifunction controller. The optional hard-drive-based navigation system offers real-time traffic information and now includes HD radio. Interesting features include heated and cooled cupholders, keyless engine start and adaptive cruise control. The six-disc CD changer has been replaced by additional storage under the center armrest, and a single-disc CD player is now standard. Interior features include:
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional ash-wood inlays for the interior
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system a stand-alone option

Under the Hood
Engine choices are a 3.2-liter direct-injection V-6 rated at 270 horsepower and the new-for-2011 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 211 hp. The V-6 teams with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and the four-cylinder with an eight-speed Tiptronic.
  • Standard Quattro all-wheel drive
  • V-6 or turbocharged four-cylinder engines
  • Six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions

The Q5 offers several active safety features, the most notable of which is Braking Guard. It uses the adaptive cruise control's radar to monitor the space in front of the SUV. If it closes in on another vehicle or object, it alerts the driver first with a sound and warning lights, then by jabbing the brake momentarily.

Better-known safety options include a blind spot warning system, a backup camera and a lane departure warning system that vibrates the steering wheel if you stray from your lane. The active xenon headlights can swivel in the direction of a turn and automatically switch between low and high beams, based on traffic. Safety features include:
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional rear side-impact airbags

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