Review: 2011 Audi Q5 2.0T – Businessweek

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Review: 2011 Audi Q5

(This story has been in the fourth paragraph. BMW does not V6 engines but inline six cylinder Thanks to sharp-eyed readers who out our error.)

Audi’s Q5 sport vehicle is one of the hottest-selling models on the market. Sales soared percent, to 23,518, in 2010 and little sign of cooling rising another 50.9 to 1,050, in January of this

There’s a reason shoppers are to the new Q5: It’s a quick, sweet-handling, built compact luxury SUV an attractive, thoughtfully designed If you go with the base model, the which is new for 2011, it’s fuel efficient and reasonably Indeed, until very the Q5 was the classiest compact luxury SUV

And, oh yeah, it’s turbocharged.

A real dogfight, is about to develop between the Q5 and (BMWA:GR ) newly redesigned X3. hit dealers’ showrooms in January. The BMW has a powerful engine than the Q5, so it’s quicker. It’s relatively cheap for a BMW.

The entry level 2011 BMW starts at $37,625—which is $2,100 than a comparable 2010 BMW X3 and $1,650 more than the model Audi Q5 2.0T, starts at $36,075.

My guess is both the X3 and Q5 will be hot-sellers year. Early indications for the BMW are positive: X3 sales soared percent in January, to 1,075, though the new X3 was available for only the month. I predict that customers who want six-cylinder will opt for the BMW X3 over the V6-powered Q5 3.2, which came out year (and accounted for 68 of U.S.

Q5 sales in 2010, to an Audi spokesman). Sales of the new 2011 Q5 2.0T, however, soar.

One reason is that the Q5 remarkable turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 211 horsepower—and a whopping ft. of torque. By comparison, while the V6 in the Q5 3.2 is rated at 270 horsepower, it generates 243 lb. ft. of torque. The inline six-cylinder in the BMW X3 xDrive28i generates 240 hp, but only 221 of torque.

As a result, the base model Q5 is as quick as the more expensive rivals: Audi says the accelerates from zero to 60 in 7.1 compared with 6.7 seconds for the Q5 3.2 and X3 That’s plenty of pep for most SUV (If raw speed is a priority, you can always pay for the BMW X3 xDrive35i. It’s powered by a turbocharged engine, sprints zero to 60 in just 5.5 seconds, and at just under $42,000.)

the X3, both versions of the Q5 come with all-wheel drive, as as Audi’s marvelous Tiptronic transmission, which allows the to shift manually. The base Q5, however, comes with a ultra-efficient eight-speed Tiptronic to the eight-speed transmissions in the new X3, while the Q5 3.2 has an six-speed Tiptronic.

The combination of the engine and efficient transmission raise fuel efficiency in the Q5 to a class-leading 20 miles-per-gallon in the city and 27 on the for an average of 22. That not only the V6-powered Q5 3.2 (18/23/20), but also the BMW X3 (19/25/21), and the all-wheel-drive versions of the (HMC ) RDX (17/22/19), Mercedes ) GLK350 (16/21/18), Volvo (18/24/20), and Infiniti (NSANY ) (17/24/19).

Safety is another of the Q5’s points. The model earned the top rating in all categories of crash from the Insurance Institute for Safety. Standard equipment stability and traction control, side and head protecting airbags.

A blind-spot warning and rear side airbags are optional.

Behind the Wheel

behind the wheel of the Q5 2.0T is a joy. The suspension is stiff and without ever being harsh. The eight-speed Tiptronic is lightning fast and very Acceleration is more than both from a standing and at highway speed.

There’s a bit of lag when you punch the gas, but not to be truly annoying.

The interior is built, ergonomically satisfying, and attractive. Standard leather-trimmed and steering wheel and walnut give the cabin an upscale and there are no chintzy materials to mar the overall effect. I found the seats very comfortable.

Foot, knee, and head in back are adequate for average-size

Audi has done a good job of screen commands and old-fashioned and buttons to make the Q5’s easy to use. Typical is the way you the settings on the heated seats: You a hard button on the central and a dial appears on the video By manipulating the dial on the console, you can set the from 1 to 10 via a virtual dial on the screen.

For some functions, are steering-wheel-mounted controls, too. Not all of are intuitive to use: The trip for instance, is operated via switches on the wiper control arm, were hard to find. I was to figure everything out in a few days, without having to resort to the manual.

The Q5’s cabin is with handy but unobtrusive features. These include a box in the glove compartment, a bin under the deck for storing dirty or wet and a driver’s armrest that backward and forward to accommodate of different heights. The cover the cargo area folds up and behind the rear seat.

Cargo capacity is excellent. 29.1 cu. ft. of space behind the seats. The rear seats down in a 60/40 pattern, space to as much as 57.3 cu. ft. towing capacity is 4,400 Roof rails, to which you can a luggage rack, are standard.

The extra weight you can carry, the roof rack itself, is 220

My main gripe: Some including steering-wheel-mounted paddle a backup camera, and intelligent control are available only on the 3.2 the most expensive version of the Q5. You get them with the small

Buy it or Bag It?

Audi is … that the North American horsepower is over and that consumer will shift toward more fuel-efficient engines nonetheless offer compelling That’s the approach the company with its new A8 luxury sedan, and the approach that’s shaping up the Q5. Many Americans will be that a four-cylinder engine can adequate power in a luxury

I found, however, that the Q5 performed more than in every situation.

The Q5 sells for an of $42,411, compared with for the BMW X3, according to the Power Information (PIN). The base models, are fairly close in price.

For on a tight budget, the best among competing compact SUVs is probably the Acura which sells for an average of according to PIN. Other that are less expensive, on than the Audi, include the EX35 ($37,960), the Volvo ($39,102), and the Mercedes GLK350

The Audi Q5‘s toughest however, is the BMW X3. The X3 has eclipsed the Q5 3.2 in many but the new Q5 2.0T offers a compelling

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