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2012 Audi Q5 2.0 T

2012 Audi Q5 Review
The
2011 Audi Q5 is now offered with two different engines. A
211-horsepower, 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is new for
this year. It joins the existing 270-hp, 3.2-liter V6 in the lineup.
With the new 4-cylinder engine comes an 8-speed automatic transmission,
while the V6 remains paired with a 6-speed automatic. Both engines have
Tiptronic manual control, as well as the quattro all-wheel drive system,
which sends about 60 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels under
most driving conditions; on slippery surfaces or for better stability,
the system will reapportion torque as needed.

Walkaround
With
car-like underpinnings borrowed in part from the Audi A4 sport sedan,
the Q5 drives and handles much like a sport sedan, despite its tall
cabin. And the new 2.0-liter model, has a higher peak torque rating than
the V6, so with the 8-speed transmission it should feel just as quick
under many conditions. The Q5 is quite compact on the outside-it’s about
as easy to park as a compact sedan-yet there’s a lot of passenger space
within. Nice, supportive front seats afford a great view out, with a
center console that has an adjustable armrest up top, while there’s a
surprising amount of legroom in back. The back seats in the Q5 slide
fore and aft to balance the amount of cargo space and legroom, while the
seatbacks recline; the seats also fold forward to allow a large cargo
space or, when up, there’s still a pass-through for long objects. The
Q5’s long wheelbase, in addition to helping maximize passenger space,
also helps improve ride quality.The Audi Q5 offers a long list of safety
features that includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes
and hill descent control, with a special off-road mode for the
electronics that allows a little more slip. The stability control system
in the Q5 will recognize when the roof rack is loaded and adjust
accordingly. The Q5 also has the best tow rating in its class-4,400
pounds. Front side thorax bags, along with head-curtain side bags for
both rows are all standard. Rear side-thorax bags are available.Leather
upholstery is standard on the Q5, along with power front seats,
telescopic steering, keyless entry with an alarm, tri-zone climate
control, a trip computer and a hard cargo cover along with cargo nets.
The sound system that’s standard even on the base model is a 10-speaker,
180-watt system including Sirius Satellite Radio, an auxiliary input
and an SD card slot, while Bluetooth and an iPod interface are optional.
Premium Plus models add a power tailgate, heated front seats with
driver memory, heated folding mirrors, xenon headlamps, LED running
lamps and a panorama sunroof. Available only with the Premium Plus, as
options, are a hard-drive-based navigation system that accepts voice
prompts and includes a rearview camera and HD radio and an amazing
14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Summary
The
top Prestige trim is only offered with the V6. It brings a host of
high-end luxury and tech features including heated washer nozzles, Audi
side assist and a heated/cooled cupholder. An available Luxury Package
brings expanded leather trim, while the S Line Package adds flashy
20-inch wheels, summer performance tires and a special steering wheel
and shift paddles. The Audi Drive Select system, which adds three
modes-Comfort, Automatic, Dynamic and Individual-that control the
suspension, steering, engine/transmission response, is only offered on
this top-of-the-line model.