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2011 Audi Q5

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$7,623 — $17,007 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Gas mileage
  • Low cargo floor
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Cramped backseat
  • Limited cargo room
  • Touchy brakes
  • High base price
2011 Audi Q5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Audi Q5
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard AWD
  • Available Bang &amp
  • Olufsen stereo

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2011 Audi Q5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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 The six-disc CD changer has been replaced by additional storage under the center armrest, and a single-disc CD player is now standard...

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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

Safety
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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
54 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best highway car I have ever driven

by B MARLEY from NEW YORK on November 14, 2019

I really enjoyed this ride. Comfortable seating that fits 6 foot 3 inch people, It offers great sound system with CD and Sirius radio capability. Excellent driver vision allowing you to see more of ... Read full review

(2.0)

Don't Buy

by Bradshaw from Joppa on November 8, 2019

This model is smaller than the A8. And it's suppose to be a SUV? There is basically NO room in this vehicle and it drives very hard. I was and still am totally dissatisfied and disappointed in this ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Audi Q5 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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